Lucy Fry: Vampire Academy is about an academy with vampires! There's three races of vampires; the Moroi, the Strigoi, and the dhampir. The Moroi are living vampires and Lissa, my character, is a Moroi who has powers as all Moroi do. The dhampir are the half-human/half-vampires who protect the Moroi from the Strigoi, the evil undead vampires, who want to kill the Moroi and suck their blood.
Zoey Deutch: So basically auditioning for this you can imagine I'm sitting in my room being like, "Moroi, Strigoi, dhampir, what?!" It's very difficult, but not complicated; the words are just funny.
LF: It's just the context. Once you understand that [the structure of the vampire world], the premise of the film is that Rose and Lissa are best friends, and Lissa's parents die in a car accident and she's really scarred and feels all of these dark shadows, and scary things happening at the school. So Rose protects her and takes her away from the academy, and the film starts with them being captured and taken back to the academy, and they have to face of all these things they've been running away from, including the bullying at the school.
ZD: Whilst also discovering what even happened in the first place because their memories were warped.