"He auditioned with Lily, and he and Lily had incredible chemistry that sort of blazed off the scene. I’m just sitting here watching this on my computer, and you know, he was not the only person they’ve ever sent me to look at. I’ve gotten lots of headshots and this and that, and I’m watching the audition and I literally started crying because that was my Jace and Clary on the screen. And it’s an incredible feeling to see that even as an audition. This is amazing. He was snarky funny where he needed to be snarky funny, and he was badass where he needed to be badass. And he and Lily were incredible together."While there are still some doubters in regards to Bower's casting, Collins herself said that she knew he was her Jace from the beginning.
“The second that we had the audition I think everyone pretty much knew that he had that quality of Jace and he nailed it,” Collins told MTV News at the MTV Movie Awards.In an interview with Hollywood Crush, Clare revealed that one of the scenes that Collins and Bower acted out together was the greenhouse scene, more widely known as the kissing scene. I speak for everyone when I say that we would love to see that audition. The one that is "unfreakingbelievable."
Almost as important as the chemistry between actors on-screen is their relationship off-screen. Already it seems like the two young actors have developed that co-star chemistry. Clare recalled a moment from the screen test when Bower had Collins laughing off camera.
“It was quite funny, in the greenhouse scene, there’s a line where he says something to Clary about, ‘You should have thought about that before you kissed me,’ and she says, ‘I kissed you?’ Meaning I started it?” Clare recalled from Bower’s audition with Collins. “And he says, ‘Yeah, it wasn’t that memorable for me either,’ and walks off doing the Jace walk-off, which he did great. Then he’d say something off-screen to make Lily laugh! And she would try not to laugh, and it was unbelievably cute. Like, he’d walk off and say, [affecting a British accent], ‘Yeah, you were rubbish anyway.’”
Ultimately we will have to wait until after filming begins to see their chemistry on the big screen but if the audition is any indication, get ready to swoon.
Clary and Jace’s relationship is complicated to say the least. Their relationship is pushed to the ultimate extremes and they both struggle to deal with the differing dynamics that their relationship undergoes.
It’s difficult enough for Jace to open up to anyone, yet alone truly love and care for someone else, so when he learns that Clary is his sister (or so he believes at the time), the mantra “to love is to destroy and to be the one loved is to be the one destroyed” really comes full circle for him. Jace is forced to deal with his feelings and the situation in “City of Ashes” and “City of Glass” and we really see just how difficult it is for him.
Bower has shown his versatility when it comes to taking on diverse roles and each time he has delivered. I believe there is no better actor that can really get his grip on the role and really bring the Jace we all know and love to life on the big screen.
For Clary, not only is she thrust into this foreign world, but she discovers the beauty and the curse of first love. She is captivated by Jace and these new feelings. When she learns that her and Jace are brother and sister, not only does she struggle with it but she also struggles with Jace’s reaction.
While Collins is still relatively a newcomer to the acting scene, she has shown a great passion for the character of Clary and for the series and has shown some flashes of Clary as Lucy in “Priest.”
One of the challenges for Collins and Bower will be to bring Clary and Jace’s relationship to life. If they can do that then this film franchise will truly be something special.