Get ready for some thunder and lightening, as Alexandra Shipp is set to kill it in the role of Storm in X-Men: Apocalypse. Hitting theaters in May, 24-year-old Shipp is making the role that was previously played by Oscar-winning Halle Berry all her own.
Shipp spilled all to Collider:
"My Storm in particular is ... the past derivative of Halle’s Storm. This Storm is a little bit different because you’re meeting her in Cairo. You’re seeing kind of a little bit of where she comes from. You’re seeing all the pain that she’s gone through. It’s not like she’s in the mansion having a great time. She’s so different from all of the other kids because they come from families. They come from some sort of love and support whereas Storm hasn’t had that since her parents died in that plane crash into the house when she was like 5.
"She’s kind of just all really messed up and the only mutants that she knows are bad mutants. The only mutants that she knows are the mutants who use their powers for stealing, or protecting thugs or whatever. ... She’s in survival mode so when she meets Apocalypse, she’s kind of like hit this revelation where she has been struggling to feel like she belongs somewhere.
"Then this extremely powerful being comes to her and says, 'I’m what you’ve been waiting for, I will take care of you.' For her, that’s like, click. She doesn’t know anything about the X-Men. The only thing she knows is about Mystique when she saved the president, but that’s basically it. Other than Mystique, every other Mutant that she’s known has been bad so, that’s kind of where she’s coming from. I don’t necessarily see her as a bad person, or as a bad mutant."
Shipp also explains how her character's past affects the way she looks at her fellow mutants:
"She sees them as children. Storm is a different kind of smart. She’s had to survive, she’s a bit street smart so I feel like if and when she makes it to the mansion, it’s going to take a little time for her to warm up to these normal white people. ... She’s been in Cairo, she’s been fighting, and her life is just so much different. ... She didn’t have a lot of the same things that they had. Maybe there is even a little bit of animosity and a little bit of jealousy because of that. We haven’t explored that yet, but I’m hoping that we can in the next movie."
Shipp also talked about Storm's need for a father-figure in her life:
"[Storm and Apocalypse] kind of find each other. Like [through] the crowd, it all parts and I see his blue face. Then we kind of just like, 'Ah.' There is a moment.
"Storm is always looking for father figures. What I found in the comics and stuff like that, is that Xavier kind of ends up being that for her. When she joins X-Men she finds that love for him."
For Storm, Apocalypse is a very important aspect of her life. Shipp explains that thanks to him, Storm is able to understand the extent of her powers — and he inspires her to use them for evil.
"Yeah, she’s mega level and yet she’s been reduced to a street urchin, you know what I mean? Apocalypse can see this and he can see this with all the other horsemen, is that these gods, essentially, have been reduced down to nothing and have been forced down to have they’re families killed, to have their lives destroyed. All because of what? What [they're] born with? That’s a huge reason why the horsemen go with him, is because they’re like, 'Well, you’re right, I am awesome and everyone should know that I’m awesome and everyone should treat me like I’m awesome.' So the minute he kind of says that, of course in his own words, in his Apocalypse words, it strikes a chord and you’re like, 'Yeah dude, you’re right. I will follow you because you are right. I am that. I know exactly who I am and he affirms it, the way all cult leaders do.' You know, he makes you feel good. He buys you a cookie and pats you on the head."
For those of you wondering how you can recreate Storm's badass mohawk, she explains that she had her head shaved every morning and then had a wig glued on.
But, hey — beauty is pain and with how killer she looks, I'd say it's worth all the effort.