Asa Butterfield and Ella Purnell in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Asa Butterfield and Ella Purnell in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Asa Butterfield couldn’t help but get swept up into author Ransom Riggs’ world of children who are invisible and can make dolls come to life, all living under the watchful eye of Eva Green‘s birdlike Miss Peregrine. “It’s quite complex,” says Butterfield, star of the big-screen adaptation of “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” also featuring Samuel L. Jackson and Ella Purnell. “These children who’ve all grown up with these weird, kind of quirky abilities, they all consider it normal. In their lives and their families’ this is the normality. That’s what’s great about it, because Jake comes into this home thinking he’s totally ordinary and doesn’t have anything to offer, and he realizes he’s just like everyone else, and everyone’s got this weirdness to them. That’s what they need to embrace.”

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