Queen of the South: Alice Braga opens up on tough New Mutants scenes to film ‘Was anxious’

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Alice Braga joins the Marvel family this year with a major role in The New Mutants for Fox, now owned by Disney. The Queen of the South star can now be seen on the big screen ahead of the show’s fifth season on the USA Network, and has spoken out about her toughest experiences shooting the film back in 2017.

The New Mutants is finally in cinemas after multiple delays caused by Disney’s acquisition of Fox and the outbreak of coronavirus.

The X-Men film is one of the first major Hollywood projects to be released in cinemas following the start of the pandemic, and Alice Braga’s first foray into the superhero genre.

Braga portrays Dr Cecilia Reyes, a mutant doctor with the ability to conjure protective force fields.

The TV star is joined by an all-star cast, including Anya Taylor-Joy (Peaky Blinders), Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) and Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things).

More of a horror film than the average superhero blockbuster, The New Mutants follows a team of superpowered teens who awaken in a mysterious hospital, led by Bragas’ Dr Reyes.

As the group begins to hone their abilities, they eventually take on a series of terrifying threats, including a supernatural being known as the Demon Bear.

A trailer was released earlier this year which showcased the blockbuster’s spookiest moments, and may have teased Dr Reyes becoming the Demon Bear’s first victim.

Braga appears in an official still for the film in which she is seen covered in claw marks and her eyes bloodshot, causing concern for her character’s fate.

The Queen of the South star opened up about the horrific scene, admitting this was one of her first experiences using extensive prosthetics on-screen.

She said: “Well, it’s out in the trailer, so it’s great I can talk about it, but when I had the prosthetics in my face, that was crazy, because I never had to use lenses, contact lenses.”

Although her characters’ mutant abilities were achieved with the use of CGI, Braga’s facial wounds used old school practical effects to give the sense of her near-death experience with the Demon Bear.

However, the star admitted making her eyes appear bloodied was a lot harder than it seems.

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Braga continued: “So, I was anxious. I was super excited because I always loved how the eye looked.

“But it’s a gigantic contact lens, so I had to have a doctor to put it in my eye because it was so big that I couldn’t do it by myself.”

Thankfully, the actress had experts on hand to ensure the facial effects were applied securely.

Although Alice Braga frequently wears contact lenses, the Hollywood injury details were a little more arduous than the visual aids she applies herself.

She explained: “I wear contact lenses, but even though, it was hard.

“So that gave kind of like a crazy vibe on set, when you’re working with prosthetics and stuff like that. That was exciting.”

The New Mutants is one of the Brazilian star’s biggest roles yet, and Alice Braga will take on yet another comic book blockbuster as Sol Soria in The Suicide Squad next year.

Queen of the South is available to stream on Netflix. The New Mutants is in cinemas now.

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