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Cassandra Clare talks Jemima West’s ‘Mortal Instruments’ audition

Jemima West is the latest actor to join the Mortal Instruments: City of Bones cast and will portray Isabelle Lightwood.

Cassandra Clare announced her casting on Tuesday night to the excitement of the Mortal Instruments fandom.

Clare had the chance to watch Jemima’s audition and was impressed.

Really good! She did a scene with Clary, but she also did the scene where she talks about Alec being gay — “I love my brother, I’d do anything for him, but I can’t help him with this” and was lovely and passionate. I was like, That’s damn right, you love your brother! He’s a good guy! She convinced me.

Clare also addressed some character trait concerns, including hair color and contact.

She will surely dye her hair. Contacts probably, but some people/actors can’t wear them (Daniel Radcliffe never could, that’s why Harry always had blue-green eyes, allergies I think) so I cannot make promises about stuff that is basically “the costume department’s decision down the road in connection with the actor’s physical limitations.” I am assured they will do everything they can to make the actors fit the physical descriptions in the book, where appropriate.

Are you excited to see Jemima portray Isabelle? Which seen are you most eager to see her in? Sound off in the comments!

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15 Comments on Cassandra Clare talks Jemima West’s ‘Mortal Instruments’ audition

  1. I think they should leave her eyes the way it is! Even though Izzy’s eyes are dark brown, I always pictured her with blue! Jemima is perfect for this role! She looks like how I pictured Isabelle and everything! congrats Jemima, and thank you!!!

    • That’s how I always picture Izzy too! Then I was reading more thoroughly (for roleplay purposes) and was like … WHAT? I guess it’s because she was described as a Mini-Maryse.

  2. Herondale's live 4eva // June 20, 2012 at 1:44 AM // Reply

    first i was like wat!!!! and like a second l8r i am jumping around like an idiot i am sooo happy they picked a pretty izzy (don’t rllykno who jemima west is tho O.o…)but who cares casting news AWESOMENESS

  3. She’s PERFECT!!! Exactly how I had pictured Isabelle ( in the pics above with the black ) despite the wrong eye colour.
    Not that I have anything against the actress or anything, but I never liked Phoebe Tonkin as Isabelle. To me, she never suited the part, but that’s just opinion.
    So happy, and can’t wait till they anounce Alec!!! Hopefully we’ll get out Simon announced too and the rest of the cast CAST!!

  4. I’ll admit, when I searched her into google, the photos of her made it seem that looks no way like izzy, but seeing her with the dark hair looks amazing!!! She looks exactly the part. I think the casting directors have done an amazing job. Can’t wait to hear who aalec is now!!

  5. Cassandra Clare announced her casting on Tuesday night to the excitement of the Mortal Instruments fandom.

  6. Bridget ^.^ // June 20, 2012 at 5:29 AM // Reply

    Isabelle is one my top characters in all books i have read, at first I was sceptical but Jemima looks awesome with darker hair. Just like I imagined (but with brown eyes). I just hope she can also act Isabelle ❤

  7. Isabelle is my favorite character next to Jace, and I have to say that Jemima West is PERFECT! I actually pictured her eyes to a similar color as Jemima’s until I read that they were dark, so who cares what they do with her eyes. Yay 🙂

  8. She’s so much better than Jamie as Jace. So far she’s my favourite of the casts. I just wish we could get a new Jace.

    • Really?! It’s been a year… LET. IT. GO. I can’t wait til this movie comes out and it’s AWESOME then all of you negative-sayers will be so embarrassed that you wasted your breath for the past year when Jamie was perfect all along.

      • I wouldn’t waste my breathe,haters WILL! always hate.
        Guess what haters!,we r not getting a new Jace not now not ever,u kno what go cry over an Alex Pettyfer picture for all i care ! *Rolls Eyes*

  9. She talked about how she did a reading with Clary… am I the only one that hopes she did it with Jace too? They are supposed to be like siblings, after all…

  10. Well, I guess she is ok but looks to cute to me. I always pictured her a little more the sexy type and not the cute type, but maybe costume and everything will make it work.

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