M. Night Shyamalan's latest, "Glass," which hit theaters on Friday, represents the thrilling culmination of two of the celebrated director's most cherished films, "Unbreakable" and "Split."
It's a 20-year journey that brings together Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis and James McAvoy's iconic characters, as well as their just as important supporting characters played by Spencer Treat Clark and Anya Taylor-Joy. Sarah Paulson rounds out the impressive cast in "Glass" that truly feels special.
AOL's Gibson Johns caught up with Taylor-Joy and Clark to discuss reprising their roles as Casey and Joseph, respectively, being part of the M. Night Shyamalan universe and what it was like getting to work so closely with Sarah Paulson.
Check out our conversation below:
How does it feel to finally have "Glass" hitting theaters?
Anya Taylor-Joy: Much like "Split," I’ll just be excited to talk to people about stuff. With Night, you don’t say anything. You keep your mouth shut out of deference for other audience members. You don’t want to ruin it for them, because it’s such a cinematic experience. I think it’ll be fun to actually get to talk to people and not be all hush hush.
Spencer Treat Clark: Totally. We actually had an interview earlier where we could talk about spoilers and both of us were like, “Uh…” and, like, waiting for Night to pop out behind the couch. [Laughs] But, yeah, it’s exciting. We’ve both seen the movie, but not with an audience, so we’re both excited to get that opportunity at the premiere.
You're both stepping back into roles that you've played before: Anya, you're playing Casey again, two years after "Split" came out in 2017; Spencer, you're playing Joseph again, almost twenty whole years after "Unbreakable" came out in 2000. What was it like for both of you getting back into the mindsets of both of those characters?
Spencer: It was insane. I was totally unaware that a sequel was possible at this point. It just wasn’t on my radar at all, and then it was a multi-step process from "Split" coming out "yes," there will be a sequel, to Night calling and saying he had a role. I had no idea what capacity that would be in, but then I read the script and got to set and now this… it’s been surreal. Honestly, it becomes a little bit more real at each step.
Anya: Honestly, we’ve spoken about this so often, but I didn’t know. Nobody knew. We thought that was the end. For his movie, it was like "Unbreakable" -- it’s done. For me, "Split" -- it’s done. We didn’t think that we would get the chance to reprise our characters, and it was so emotional for me, because I’ve grown up on the road and I’ve been non-stop making movies, but that family in Philadelphia [where Night films his movies] -- that crew -- have been a real family to me. So, to get to just be like, "I’ll be in Philly for the next three months" and meet new people that fit into this family so perfectly ... you’d assume things were clunky or wouldn’t work, but we all slotted into those positions within the family so easily, naturally and organically and that’s such a gift. Genuinely just shooting it was so great for my mental health. Like, "I’m home!"
Anya Taylor-Joy out and about
Anya Taylor-Joy out and about
British-Argentine actress Anya Taylor-Joy poses on the red carpet arriving for the London Critics' Circle Film Awards in London on January 20, 2019. (Photo by NIKLAS HALLE'N / AFP) (Photo credit should read NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images)
English-Argentine actress Anya Taylor-Joy attends the premiere of Universal Pictures' 'Glass' at SVA Theatre on January 15, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 15: Anya Taylor-Joy, Sarah Paulson, James McAvoy, Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson attends the 'Glass' NY Premiere at SVA Theater on January 15, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 09: Anya Taylor-Joy attends the UK Premiere of 'Glass' at The Curzon Mayfair on January 9, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20: Anya Taylor-Joy attends the Persol & BFI London Film Festival Awards Party at The Unit Gallery on October 20, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Persol)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Anya Taylor-Joy attends a intimate dinner co-hosted by LOUIS XIII & Vanity Fair celebrating the brand's '100 Years' campaign on September 26, 2018 in London, Englan (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for LOUIS XIII)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Anya Taylor-Joy attends the Huishan Zhang show during London Fashion Week September 2018 at Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House on September 17, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/BFC/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 16: Anya Taylor-Joy attends the Nicholas Kirkwood SS19 show during London Fashion Week at Ambika P3 on September 16, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Nicholas Kirkwood)
STUDIO CITY, CA - JULY 30: Actress Anya Taylor-Joy visits 'The IMDb Show' on July 30, 2018 in Studio City, California. This episode of 'The IMDb Show' airs on September 6, 2018. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for IMDb)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 21: Anya Taylor-Joy attends the annual Entertainment Weekly Comic-Con Celebration at Float at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego on July 21, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 20: (L-R) Anya Taylor-Joy, Sarah Paulson, M. Night Shyamalan, Bruce Willis, and Samuel L. Jackson attend Universal Pictures' 'Glass' and 'Halloween' panels during Comic-Con International 2018 at San Diego Convention Center on July 20, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 15: Anya Taylor-Joy attends as Barclaycard present British Summer Time Hyde Park at Hyde Park on July 15, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for BST)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 03: Actress Anya Taylor-Joy attends the Giorgio Armani Prive Haute Couture Fall Winter 2018/2019 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 3, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Anya Taylor-Joy attends the Summer Party at the V&A in partnership with Harrods at the Victoria and Albert Museum on June 20, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Victoria and Albert Museum)
Anya Taylor-Joy attending the Serpentine Summer Party 2018 held at the Serpentine Galleries Pavilion, Kensington Gardens, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 19, 2018. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Anya Taylor-Joy attends the premiere of 'Thoroughbreds' at Sunset Marquis Hotel on February 28, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 13: Anya Taylor Joy stars of BBC One's The Miniaturist, during a BUILD panel discussion on December 13, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)
SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 27: Anya Taylor-Joy attends 'Marrowbone' premiere during 65th San Sebastian Film Festival on September 27, 2017 in San Sebastian, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 22: Anya Taylor-Joy attends the Chopard Trophy photocall at Hotel Martinez on May 22, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
Anya Taylor-joy attends the presentation of the movie MULTIPLE at the Villamagna hotel in Madrid January 12, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Oscar Gonzalez/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JANUARY 12: (L-R) M. Night Shyamalan, Anya Taylor-Joy and James Mcavoy attend 'Multiple' photocall at Villa Magna Hotel on January 12, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Juan Naharro Gimenez/FilmMagic)
MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 11: M. Night Shyamalan and Anya Taylor-Joy attend a photocall for 'Split' on January 11, 2017 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Vincenzo Lombardo/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 28: Anya Taylor-Joy attends the 26th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on November 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 15: Anya Taylor-Joy arrives at AFI FEST 2016 Presented By Audi - Screening Of Universal Picture's 'Split' at TCL Chinese Theatre on November 15, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 15: (L-R) Actors Betty Buckley and James McAvoy, director/writer/producer M. Night Shyamalan, and actress Anya Taylor-Joy attend the premiere of 'Split' at AFI Fest 2016, presented by Audi at The Chinese Theatre on November 15, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for AFI)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Anya Taylor-Joy attends the Burberry show during London Fashion Week Spring/Summer collections 2016/2017 at Makers House on September 19, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 04: Anya Taylor-Joy attends the IWC Schaffhausen Dinner in Honour of the BFI at Rosewood London on October 4, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for IWC Schaffhausen )
MILAN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 21: Anya Taylor-Joy attends the Gucci show during Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017 on September 21, 2016 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/Getty Images for GUCCI)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 10: Actress Anya Taylor-Joy attends the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and InStyle's annual celebration of the Toronto International Film Festival at Windsor Arms Hotel on September 10, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for InStyle )
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 10: Anya Taylor-Joy attends W Magazine NKPR IT House x Producers Ball Studio at IT Lounge on September 10, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Sonia Recchia/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 10: Actresses Anya Taylor-Joy (L) and Jenna Elfman from the film 'Barry' pose for a portrait during the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival at the Intercontinental Hotel on September 10, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Maarten de Boer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: Anya Taylor-Joy attends the 11th Annual Chanel Tribeca Film Festival Artists Dinner at Balthazar on April 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 16: Actress Anya Taylor-Joy discusses the film 'The Witch' at Apple Store Soho on February 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Model Anya Taylor-Joy arrives at the Saint Laurent show at the Hollywood Palladium on February 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 11: Actress Anya Taylor-Joy arrives at the premiere of A24's 'The Witch' at ArcLight Cinemas on February 11, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Redmond/Getty Images)
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Were there any differences that you noticed in working with Night now versus when each of you first worked with him as your director? Were there any changes in his process?
Anya: Night is a master. Nobody questions that. However, getting to watch a master geek out over his movie is pretty fun. Seeing Night get excited and know how epic it is that he’s doing something so amazing and pulling it off is so cool.
Spencer: It was not lost on him how excited we all were to be there. I was 11 when I made "Unbreakable," so my experience with Night as the man was very similar. He’s the same warm, amazingly cool guy, but as a director, my experience was completely different, because I wasn’t thinking in the same terms when I was 11. In some ways acting was just a fun thing I did along with so many other things in my life, and now as someone who is interested in directing, the opportunity to be working with him really made me sit back and watch him and all these long takes, deliberate camera moves and his interactions with people. That was pretty cool. I hung around set a lot just to watch him do his thing.
When you both first read the script, did anything surprise you about where your character was? I was personally a bit surprised about how Casey has a sort of longing for Kevin.
Anya: I was worried before reading the script, because I had such a clear feeling [about where Casey would be]. "Split" ended, yes, but the second I knew I was coming back, I obviously stepped back into Casey’s skin and I was like, "Okay, where are we going now?" And my feet were walking in a very particular direction, so when I first got the script I was like, "Please let it be what I think it’s gonna be," and luckily it was. Casey is a person that has never once doubted the validity of D.I.D. and her connection with the multiple people within Kevin is not the same as her connection with Kevin. The rawness of what they share, and the fact that they are mirrors to each other and no one else understands them is fascinating to her. She can’t explain it, but she’s drawn to him. It’s not a Bella and Edward [from "Twilight''] situation; it’s not romantic. It’s a kindred spirit and a "I can see you" and “" know that you saw me" thing.
Spencer: It’s interesting, because I didn’t have a whole lot of assumptions [about where my character was], because you learn to do that as an actor. But I think the pessimist in me was like, "I’m going to die in the first four pages" to up the stakes or whatever or that I would be bait-chained to a radiator. [Laughs] The fact that he was a fully-formed character was so exciting for me. But then there were two things that motivate my character, one being a spoiler that is a plot point that’s resolved between "Unbreakable" and "Glass," but it was cool that the central theme to my character now and then is still his love for his father and his belief in him as a superhero. It was cool that that had stayed constant.
You both get to work a lot with Sarah Paulson in "Glass." What was it like working with her?
Anya: She’s a bad a-- b--ch. She’s incredible as an actor and as a human being. One of the funnest things about this set is that we’re all wordy and not necessarily the cleanest-mouthed people, which was pretty entertaining. [Laughs]
Spencer: Especially when you have [Samuel L. Jackson] to really loosen everything up. He’ll just come it and go, "F--k it!"
Anya: But, yeah, she’s such a talent and a formidable talent, but also as a human being she is so funny and warm and I think everyone just raised the game for each other. She was already a fan of "Unbreakable" and "Split," so she walked in being like, "Oh my god, this is so cool," and even Sam walked in like that. It wasn’t lost on any of us that we were having a really singular experience.
Spencer: It was cool. We had dinner at Night’s house after rehearsals and just before we started filming. Sarah was so jubilant and loose and so fun right off the bat and that was really important for the rest of us to see that, knowing we could really vibe from minute one. I remember when I read the script and getting to a scene where I have a 1-1 with Sarah’s character. Ever since Sarah’s profile has risen so much with all her Ryan Murphy stuff, she’s an actress that a lot of people would want to work with. It’s insane. When I read that scene I was like, "Hell yeah!"
Spencer Treat Clark out and about
Spencer Treat Clark out and about
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 15: (L-R) Charlayne Woodard, Spencer Treat Clark, James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Sarah Paulson, M. Night Shyamalan, Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson attends the 'Glass' NY Premiere at SVA Theater on January 15, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 15: Spencer Treat Clark attends the 'Glass' New York Premiere at SVA Theater on January 15, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 14: Spencer Treat Clark visits Build Studio on January 14, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images)
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PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 04: Actor Spencer Treat Clark is seen on set of 'Glass', a sequel to M. Night Shyamalan's thriller Unbreakable on October 4, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 03: Actor Spencer Treat Clark is seen on set of 'Glass', a sequel to M. Night Shyamalan's thriller Unbreakable on October 3, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
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VENICE, CA - JUNE 08: Actor Spencer Treat Clark attends the premiere of TNT's 'Animal Kingdom' at The Rose Room on June 8, 2016 in Venice, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)
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Lastly, all of Night’s movies have fervent fans. What’s it like being a part of this universe from that perspective? What are your interactions with his fans like?
Anya: I have a funny one about this, because I didn’t realize. I’m a bit of a weird ostrich in that I live under a rock with big important things that just don’t come easily to me. I remember asking Night once if his fans ever get crazy, and he just sent me a picture of somebody that had Bruce [Willis’] face tattooed on the back of their head as the Overseer and I was like, "Oh s--t, it's that level of fandom." It does feel like such a privilege. Sometimes press can be exhausting or whatever, but we’ve had such a good time because we love it and we love each other and that’s so special. To get a chance to share it with the fans who hopefully love it as much as we do is just so exciting.
Spencer: Again, harping back to being so young when ["Unbreakable"] came out, I obviously knew "Sixth Sense" had been such a phenomenon, but "Unbreakable" was a movie that at 11 years old ... your taste is so different. Even before "Glass" and revisiting that movie and appreciating him as a director, having these movies be connected was really unexpected. Nobody knew [it was coming], except for Night.