ECHO EXCLUSIVE: Exploring the Galactic Landscape of Rebel Moon: A Q&A with Patrick Luwis

Following critical acclaim for Netflix’s epic space opera Rebel Moon – Part One: A Child of Fire, the quest to overthrow the Motherworld continues on April 19, 2024 in Rebel Moon – Part Two: The Scargiver.

Among the returning cast is “Barbie” actor, Patrick Luwis as Ivar, a villager of the moon of Veldt.

We sat down with Luwis to explore the film’s fantastical sci-fi world, the audition process, and discover more about his collaboration with renowned director Zack Snyder.

How did you enjoy portraying Ivar in ‘Rebel Moon?’ It seems like a role straight out of a fairytale. 

I had such a blast! It was the longest period of time I’ve been on set for a film, so I really got to know my fellow cast members and the crew. We built a little community, similar to the one that we portray in the film. For me, half the fun is getting to know the people around you; especially because you end up spending hours and hours together – you get close quickly. Of course the other great part is getting to immerse yourself in a fictional world. Everything from the costumes to the set design made the whole experience surreal. Big fan of crafty too. 

Photo of Patrick Luwis. Photo Credit: Amelia Cordischi
Photo Credit: Amelia Cordischi

What was the process like landing the role in ‘Rebel Moon?‘ 

Just your classic audition, nothing too crazy! I put the audition on tape, and had to do some accent work to prepare. I had fun with the audition – I definitely wanted to make it as exciting as I could. I remember being at work a few weeks after when I got a call from my reps, and I ran into the stairwell so I could answer. That’s how I found out I booked it. I couldn’t immediately celebrate fully because I was at work, but I was so excited. 

Working with Zack Snyder, the creative force behind iconic superhero movies, what was that experience like for you? 

I thoroughly enjoyed being on his set, and I’ve been a fan of his films for years so that didn’t hurt. The first shot I did was out in this big field, where we were essentially raking dirt and planting seeds. I remember seeing Zack out there with one of the farming tools showing everyone how to properly use it. It was my first impression of him, and I thought it was so cool how hands on he was. As filming progressed, I found that to be a common theme for him. On top of that he’s just a super kind guy, and great at what he does. I really enjoyed seeing him work, and he set the tone for an amazing work environment. 

Any standout memories from your time filming ‘Rebel Moon?‘ 

We had a few overnight shoots for this longhouse scene, and I especially enjoyed those days. I think mostly because a huge portion of the cast was together for those nights, and again my favorite part of filming is the people. Those couple of days are at the top of the pile for some of the best memories on set! 

Photo of Patrick Luwis.
Photo Credit: Amelia Cordischi

Having worked with notable actors like Amanda Seyfried, Brad Pitt, and Cary Elwes, what valuable lessons or insights have you gained from these experienced professionals? 

Hmm, I think first and foremost that being kind to new actors on set goes such a long way. I’m so appreciative how welcoming and supportive these actors have been to me during my short time on these sets. Everyone works better in a comfortable environment. Another would be to not take yourself too seriously. Always take the work seriously, but know when to relax and have fun, and always enjoy being there and have gratitude for what you do. 

Working with Margot Robbie in both ‘Babylon’ and ‘Barbie,’ how was the experience collaborating with her? 

Oh she’s the absolute best, I only have good things to say about her. She treats everyone on set equally, she’s extremely professional, but most of all she has so much fun, and you can really tell how much she enjoys herself. It’s infectious. I really look up to her. 

Photo of Patrick Luwis. Photo Credit: Amelia Cordischi
Photo Credit: Amelia Cordischi

Given your theater background, how does your experience on stage compare to acting on the screen? 

I prefer TV/Film, but I miss the excitement of stage acting. In some ways (not all), I find theater is more challenging than film, you have to be present in scenes for longer, you don’t get a redo, but that’s also what makes it so thrilling. Also, there’s something about rehearsing a play so many times that it becomes embedded in you. As a result, the character is so strong because you’ve lived it and understood it for several weeks or months. You don’t usually get that rehearsal period in film. But I love them both for different reasons! 

Any early predictions for the Oscars? 

Well I’m definitely pulling for ‘Barbie” 

What is your ideal go-to snack to eat when watching ‘Rebel Moon’?

Veldt Popcorn of course! They had this customized cheddar cheese popcorn at the premiere. I’m not sure if the popcorn was actually that good, or it just tasted amazing because it was such an incredible night. But yeah either those, or Trader Joe’s Taki’s. 

Photo of Patrick Luwis. Photo Credit: Amelia Cordischi
Photo Credit: Amelia Cordischi

What is one quote you’ve heard in life that you’d want to ECHO out to fans? 

I’m not giving you anything new and exciting here, but “Treat others the way you want to be treated” is one I always keep at the forefront of my mind. It’s simple, but they’re great words to live by. Especially in a job that requires you to focus on yourself a lot. It’s easy to forget. Another good one is, “do good work and be kind.”