His plan failed, so Brand let things happen naturally.
She is the only child of Kevin Palmer, an investor, and Paula Sanders, a former nurse and missionary. The director had seen her head shot on the acting agency's website and wanted her to be in the movie.
Palmer thought that she would work in an animal rescue service, and eventually open her own animal welfare agency.
Her character was skilled in martial arts, rode a Ducati motorcycle, and could "phase" her way through solid objects (a la The Matrix Reloaded).
She went through stunt training for the role, learning to perform flips, sword fight, and do wirework.
The film was adapted from a novel that was the first of a six-part series.