Jace makes Teen’s list of YA Book Boyfriends

Jace Wayland Morgenstern Herondale Lightwood is certainly one of our book boyfriends, and the folks at Teen.com feel the same! Jace made Teen’s list of Young Adult Book Boyfriends.

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Similarly to Four, Jace has a tough exterior. However, it’s when he shows his vulnerability around Clary that completely makes us melt.

Who are some of your other Shadowhunter Chronicles boyfriends? Leave your book BFs in the comments!

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Happy Birthday to our Jace, Jamie Campbell Bower!

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A very happy birthday to our Jace, Jamie Campbell Bower, who turns 25 years old today!

We’re really lucky to have such a handsome and talented actor as our Jace Wayland in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and we can’t wait to see more of him in The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes!

Join us in wishing Jamie a very Happy Birthday!

Leave your birthday wishes below and tweet Jamie on Twitter (@JamieBower)!

City of Bones Set Interview: Jamie Campbell Bower has a deep connection with Jace

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From the moment he was cast as Jace Wayland, Jamie Campbell Bower has had to shoulder the weight of a fandom’s high expectations. Talking with Jamie you get a sense of just how heavy a weight that is.

Prior to my visit to the set of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones last September, I had all the confidence in the world in Jamie portraying Jace. He had the approval of all the people that mattered –Lily Collins, the studio and, most importantly, Cassandra Clare. But I knew I wouldn’t be fully convinced until I saw it myself.

I remember the first time I saw Jamie on set. The group of us fan sites were interviewing Cassie when I turned my head and saw Jace walking down a hallway toward us — with that trademark blond hair, decked out in black, and covered in runes. From the moment Jamie walked into the room he commanded attention much like Jace. I often say that Jamie is the mundane version of Jace — and then I realize Jace would kill me for thinking such a thing. It was a bit jarring at first to actually see Jace standing before me. The character that I had cared about for years was no longer a figment of my imagination but flesh and bone.

But it was when Jamie started talking about Jace, a character that he has connected with on a deep level (and he wanted to give a good cuddle), did I realize just how perfect he is for the role. If it wasn’t his hard work and dedication training for the role months prior to the film it was his complete understanding of the character and his connection with Jace. “…everything that I feel…I feel that he feels too. And everything he feels I feel.”

After talking with Jamie and watching him as Jace during filming, I can say that I don’t think there has ever been an actor that was absolutely born to play a character as Jamie was meant to play Jace Wayland. It’s hard to put into words just how perfect Jamie is as Jace — I could go on for pages — so I’ll just let Jamie explain himself…

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What’s the training process been like to get you ready to play Jace?

To the point of almost passing out, it’s paid off in abundance I hope, and it’s something that I never really been comfortable with before I suppose would be my word in. I sort of shied away from such things. I did Ballet at school but, yea, I was pretty crap. But yea, it’s been really difficult but worth it. Not something I would recommend for everyone that’s for sure! But it’s good.

Were you familiar with the series before you acquired the role?

I was not. I was not familiar with the series. It was interesting because I heard about it. I actually heard about the project through somebody else whilst I was working on another job. So I started doing research into it because I was interested in the story and of course you hear about a job that’s sort of floating about and you think it sounds cool or whatever. So, you kind of want to poach it a little bit. So, upon receiving the interest of casting, I delved a little deeper let’s say. But, I wasn’t aware of such books like Twilight and Harry Potter. I didn’t read much as a kid. I watched a lot of cartoons.

What has been your biggest challenge in playing Jace?

My biggest challenge in playing Jace, I think the physicality of what I have to do in playing him has been a big challenge. And I’ve wanted to do a hundred percent of the stunts and everything like that. There’s been but one thing that I haven’t been able to do. And unfortunately it happened two days ago and the guy got a bad ding on his head so I’m kind of thankful I didn’t do it. Hence this being on my face now. This isn’t real; it’s to match his ding. So, that’s been really tough, but also really exciting for me. And I’ve pushed myself further than I’ve ever push myself before. It’s been a challenge but it’s been a challenge I’ve wanted to do, and I do love to challenge myself. And I do love to push the boundaries of what I believe I can do and what I didn’t believe I could do. So, that would be the main thing. And also, you can steal an answer from somebody else because it will come back to me.

What was your favorite part about Jace’s character?

This, there you go steal this. My favorite part about his character, and what’s interesting to me when I was discovering out who he was, was this vulnerability that exists underneath this shield of wit or  rudeness effectively as I have seen it, and when that vulnerability is shown to the one person that he believes that he can trust it’s scary for him. It’s scary to let someone in, and the moment he feels almost instantly he feels that’s been betrayed, he just shuts back off again, and I love that about him. I love this…I wouldn’t say he’s a cool customer, but he’s a bit of a dickhead. And I kind of love that….I love that about him. I just think it’s brilliant. Because you don’t get dickheads in stories anymore. Yeah that’s what I love about him.

How much have your costumes, tattoos, and make-up affected you portrayal of Jace?

Dramatically, I was very fortunate enough to be here over a month prior to shooting, so I got to work with Gersha, our costume designer, quite closely and she’s pulled some incredible stuff together. But, it was great for me because I was able to go in there and go I don’t know if this is going to work. I feel uncomfortable, and if I feel uncomfortable and then (someone) is going to feel uncomfortable as well. Of course there will be times when you are wearing things that are uncomfortable. What’s interesting for me about Jace is the fact that I genuinely can relate to him so everything that I feel…I feel that he feels too. And everything he feels I feel. So, it’s been really exciting for me, and also I love leather and there’s a shitload of leather. So, that’s been cool. The tattoos, I love tattoos. It’s great to be tattooed. It’s not so great to be sitting in hair and makeup for three hours but it’s fun. And hell it makes him look badass.

What was your first impression of Jace either when you read the book or first read the script?

That he was a dickhead. But a loveable dickhead. Like I was saying with the vulnerability thing, there are times I just wanted to give him a cuddle and sit him down and go dude it’s okay don’t worry everything is going to be. . . .you don’t have to carry the weight of the world on your shoulders. You don’t have to, you know, fight demons, um you do that’s your job so yea, I loved him and I wanted to sit him down and have a chat with him, cuddle him, and then discard him.

What’s been the most fun experience that you’ve had on set so far?

Everyday. The training is fun, it’s just hard. This is the most comfortable I’ve ever felt on a set. Which is great, and I trust Harald with my life and with what he is doing with the story. And the fact that he gives us the freedom also to be able to put things in or put our input in is really interesting for me. Because you know you can work with a lot of people where “this is it”, this is what we’re doing, this is how it’s gonna be, no deviation from this, you can’t bring anything into this because this is how it has to be. The words are there, the stage direction is there. We don’t have to do that with Harald. We are very much given this open forum where we can just bounce ideas around. If he thinks an idea is crap he’ll just tell us. But that’s been really fun for me. I guess all the fighting stuff, the Hotel Dumort stuff has been really cool. I got to do a front flip onto a table, so that was pretty cool. It was awesome.

What do you love most about The Mortal Instruments series?

The covers. They are nice covers. I feel sorry for the guy that was on the cover of the first book though because he’s probably going, “Why wasn’t I cast”? Maybe he’s a crap actor, maybe I’m a crap actor. Like I said before, the underlying love story, the torment that exists in the characters, particularly in Jace. I love his sort of angst and his confusion in his own my mind whilst trying to be Mr. Sly.

Check back Monday, July 15 for our interview with the lovable and hysterical Robert Sheehan.

WATCH: Jamie Campbell Bower has a message for ‘MORTAL INSTRUMENTS’ fans

Shadowhunters! Our Jace, Jamie Campbell Bower, has a special message for you.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones will be released in theaters and IMAX on August 21.

WATCH: Jamie Campbell Bower talks inspiration for Jace, atmosphere on film set

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Jamie Campbell Bower was a special guest at Cassandra Clare’s Waterstones signing in London on Thursday, July 4 and answered fan questions among other things (that included serenading the crowd and playing guitar).

Thanks to KerGemma for uploading and sharing these!

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Jamie Campbell Bower at ‘MORTAL INSTRUMENTS’ fan event in Barcelona

Shortly after making an appearance at CineEurope Thursday (June 27) morning to present the new German trailer and a scene from The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Jamie Campbell Bower (Jace) attended a fan event in Barcelona.

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Jamie Campbell Bower talks Shadowhunters, Jace and runes with Sensacine

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Sensacine caught up with Jamie Campbell Bower (Jace Wayland) on the Toronto set of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones last September, where the actor discussed Shadowhunters, his character, physical training for the role and more.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones hits theaters on Aug. 21. Click here for worldwide release dates.

Here is the interview (translation via Google translate):

Before talking about your appearance … Tell us about your character. Who is?

Shadowhunter is a son of one of the greatest that ever lived. And he has inherited some of that greatness. It’s a bit impulsive, and I see with that vulnerability that had the young River Phoenix. You will notice in the form of fighting, in the way that is always standing in how they protect their own emotions …

For those outside of Cassandra Clare’s books, what are the Shadowhunters?

What are they? They are the protectors of the known Universe. In the world, demons exist-I mean, in the world of the movie, not in real fortunately, and these hunters are responsible for keeping them at bay.

Do you have any personal interest in the world of the occult?

I’ve always been interested in this kind of movie, since I was little. But I have not done any research in particular.The book series itself is a bible in which we could dive.

Why do you think that people like this kind of story?

I think the key word is fantasy ‘because it brings to the people of his world. There is something cinema and entertainment have always done, which is free to the public from his mundane existence. And that’s what these stories offer. I remember when I was 14 or 15 years … It was full of fears. And there are plenty of fictional characters with the anxiety, guided by passion. Suppose teenagers can feel identified with that. 

How do you face your third saga of success?

I’d be lying if I said that every time you choose to enter one of those projects I did without fear, or without anxiety. With each one I was exposing to the world. Yes, I did it because I enjoy, but I have to make other people have fun. Others would have to like what I do! And that’s scary, of course. Will this be a saga? At the moment we do not know if this will be a saga. We are shooting the first film [now already confirmed the sequel].

The tattoos on his arms lights are fake, right?

They are false, yes …

Why are you taking?

Are runes and they all have very specific meanings and powers. The Shadowhunters are the tattoo, I can not say how, but all hunters have them.

Is Jace more physical character that you have faced in your career?

Without a doubt. I’ve been training for four months to do this role. And I told the trainers I wanted to do 100% of my scenes, each of the fight scenes. I had to learn to jump and do really crazy movements, fighting over a table top very close. So yeah, physically I are demanding a lot, but I like to get challenges. No matter if people realize. For me, personally, will be very comforting to sit and watch the film and know that I’ve done those scenes.

Is there any scenes that you have not done?

So far no … I wanted to do everything. And I have. Physical training process started in London. I weighed a lot more than weight now, so I started a diet: I removed almost everything. And then we came here and started training with specialists. I learned how to move better, to trust my gravity.

Do you feel better now? Physically speaking …

Sure! It’s exhausting, because I’m taking myself to the limit … but yeah, I feel great.

How are your character and Clary, who plays Lily Collins?

They meet in a nightclub, and it’s funny because Lily is the first ‘mundane’ has been able to see him without his having yet acquired the ability to ‘be seen’ by the ‘worldly’. The intrigue comes soon, and I guess he sees something in her that also sees itself … The Shadowhunters do not interact much with the people, are stuck in their own world, but my character is perhaps a bit bored of it.

How would you describe Jace to Clary?

He considered brave. To him, she is from another world, there is something ethereal about his personality. And Lily is magnificent in its character and helps to make this believable.

For your character names were considered actors like Alex Pettyfer. Were you aware of all the rumors that generated the casting call?

I got the role for a year and a half, so it’s been an intense journey for me. What if I realized how important it was this series of books for young people? I sound like my grandfather! I would lie if I said yes. He knew the books, but it happened and when did Twilight : not really see the force knew that. I like to work based on great stories, not because they are part of a series because the movies or go for big money.

What experiences of ‘Harry Potter’ or ‘Twilight’ you brought this shoot?

Nothing. Every set I’ve ever been has been different. I’ll be very honest: I’ve never felt more comfortable in a set that in this movie. I do not know if it’s because I’ve grown up or because I believe more in myself … I have prepared a lot for this. Sometimes you get hired for a project a week before we started shooting, so I do not have much time. But this has been a very gradual process and very soft. When I come to work every day, I feel very comfortable. And this is also the fault of Harald, the director, because a film set is like a pyramid … All filtered from top to bottom.

What references have chosen to compose your character?

In society there are certain sexual attraction to the bad boy image of the rock star. Always has been. When I was 15, I myself play in a band, and now I play with the Darling Buds, but then played percussion on a different band, in the environment of independent music in London. If I’m honest, I think people are not going to like my character.He’s an arrogant! But it also has some vulnerability, and only shows it to Clary. She is the only person who can see it. Potentially … going to end up hating me, but I do not care.

Are you afraid that you will happen what happened to Robert Pattinson? We refer to fame …

I’m not aware of it, and I have chosen not to be aware of it. This is going to sound pedantic, but I do not pay attention to those questions, because all I’m doing is my job. I do what I want to do, and to fuel those thoughts seem to me very dangerous. If the movie does well, the film does well, but I’m doing a job … I will make a different then playing another character.

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Jamie Campbell Bower to attend fan event in Barcelona on June 27

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Attention Shadowhunters: Our Jace, Jamie Campbell Bower, will be attending a special fan event in Barcelona on June 27, eOne Films Spain announced.

Any Shadowhunters plan on attending?

Photos: Jamie Campbell Bower in GQ magazine (July 2013)

Jamie Campbell Bower (Jace) is looking good in the July 2013 issue of GQ magazine. Can you spot the Morgenstern ring?

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MTV introduces us to Jace Wayland of ‘THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES’

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MTV’s exclusives from the set of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones continue.

On Wednesday, MTV introduced us to Jace Wayland (Jamie Campbell Bower) and the cocky and snarky Jace we’ve all come to love.

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When MTV News visited the set of the urban fantasy (based on the best-selling novel by Cassandra Clare), the actor was quick to affirm that while his character is something of a jerk, it’s a role he’s relishing.

“What I love about him is the fact that he’s actually a bit of a douchebag,” Bower said during a 3 a.m. interview on the Toronto set. “He’s not like a meathead, he’s just sarcastic and rude.”

And for good reason, as fans of the series can attest. Jace has a complicated background (one we’ll leave vague to avoid spoilers), but suffice it to say, this history has gone a long way towards making him the oft-prickly character he is today. Bower commended director Harald Zwart for capturing not only Jace’s moodiness, but that of the monster-ridden world in which he and his fellow Shadowhunters exist.

“I think there is a darkness that Harald has brought to the piece that is easily lost in adaptations, particularly of YA novels,” Bower said. “And there’s a reality to it, as well, which is nice. You know, it’s very easy to go into fantasyland too quickly — he says wearing a dress, effectively. Every girl’s got to have a little black dress — that’s how I look at it.”

Of course, it takes a lot more than black garb and strategically placed runes to embody the Nephilim.

“There’s a lot of physicality to the role, as well,” Bower continued. “Which has been difficult to prepare for, absolutely, but it’s paid off, which is great. Like, not eating cookies is so hard.”

And if you have any lingering doubts as to how effectively Bower embodies the mercurial teen, well, author Cassandra Clare is happy to attest.

“Personality-wise, Jamie is exactly like Jace,” Clare said. “It’s actually like interacting with Jace, talking to him. It’s a little bit creepy.”

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones hits theaters on Aug. 21.

What is your favorite thing about Jamie as Jace? Sound off in the comments!

TMI Secret Project revealed!

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A few weeks ago, we reached out to fans for a Secret TMI project led by our friends at Fangirlish.

We worked with our friends at Fangirlish, Mundie Moms, Page to Premiere and Hypable to rally fans.

Hundreds of fans submitted photos supporting Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace and more keep on coming.

The first 250 photos were edited into a video edited by Kimmy of Page to Premiere. The rest of the photos were added to the website mortalinstruments love.com.

Fangirlish is continuing to accept photos and all are being put in a photo album, which will be given to Jamie at ComicCon in July.

Thank you to everyone who submitted photos and being so supportive! This fandom is the best!

Enjoy the video:

Jamie Campbell Bower named a Breakout Movie Star of Summer ’13 by The Wrap

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The Wrap has named our Jace Wayland, Jamie Campbell Bower to their list of “5 Breakout Movie Stars of Summer 2013.”

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How He’ll Spend his Summer: Helping Lily Collins rescue her mother as the half-human, half-angel bad boy at the center of “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” (Aug. 23).

Upcoming: Depending on the box office, more “Mortal Instruments.” After all, the popular young-adult series that inspired the movie boasts six books.

Why He’s Ready to Break Through: He’s already toyed with heartthrob-dom with supporting roles in “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” and “The Twilight Saga.” With “Mortal Instruments,” his swoon-worthy charms will be prominently on display. That kind of young adult idolatry can do wonders for a career. Just ask Robert Pattinson.

Also making the list were Henry Cavill, Aubrey Plaza, Charlie Hunnam and Miles Teller.

WonderCon Video: Jamie Campbell Bower talks playing Jace with Showbiz Junkies

Showbiz Junkies caught up with Jamie Campbell Bower at WonderCon on March 30 to talk about The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and playing “kick-ass and introverted” Jace Wayland.

WonderCon: Jamie Campbell Bower talks about what drew him to THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS with Collider

Collider spoke with Jamie Campbell Bower (Jace Wayland) at WonderCon on March 30, about what drew him to The Mortal Instruments, the extensive mythology of the world, the initial negative fan reaction to his casting and more.

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Click the photo to watch the video at Collider.com

Collider also provided the transcribed interview:

Collider:  How did you come to this project?  Did you know anything about the book series, or did you just read the script and respond to it?

JAMIE CAMPBELL BOWER:  I was in Los Angeles for pilot season and the script had been in development for awhile.  They sent me through just the sides, actually, for an audition.  I responded really well to the sides, and I really, really liked it.  It was a real last-minute thing.  I was due to leave the day after, and I did leave the day after.  And then, I got a call-back for a screen test here, so upon getting the call-back for the test, I read the book.  I read book 1 and 2, actually.  I read book 1 quite fully, and then just went through book 2.  And then, I did the test and got the role.  That’s how I came to be involved in the madness. 

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WonderCon: Jamie Campbell Bower talks Jace, favorite weapons with Page to Premiere

Our friends at Page to Premiere attended WonderCon last Saturday where they got to talk to some of the Mortal Instruments: City of Bones cast, including Jace Wayland himself, Jamie Campbell Bower.

Yesterday at Wondercon in Anaheim, we had the chance to chat with some of the members of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones cast! First, in the press room, we got to chat with Jamie Campbell Bower, who plays the leading role of Jace Wayland. We talked about a lot of different things, but among them were favorite weapons, Kevin Zegers’ British accent, online insanity, favorite thing he learned to do from stunt training, and whether he thinks Edward Cullen, Jace, or Harry Potter would survive the zombie apocalypse!

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