Adrift is based on the true story of couple Tami Oldham (Shailene Woodley) and Richard Sharp (Sam Claflin), sailors whose lives take a tragic turn when they experience a catastrophic hurricane. The feature was shot over several months in Fiji, and most of the scenes are shot in natural light, on water, and amidst the elements. Shooting on water is not the easiest of experiences (anyone remember Waterworld?), and Claflin talked about shooting Adrift on the ocean.
“It’s a very unpredictable beast,” said Claflin. “And we kind of had to resign ourselves and sort of hand ourselves to Mother Nature. Thankfully it kind of embraced us and we were very lucky.”
Click on the media bar to hear Claflin talk about the challenge of playing a seasoned sailor (the actor didn’t wear shoes during his scenes) in Adrift:
Adrift opens nationwide June 1.