Michelle Williams comes from the world of low-budget independent film, so, she said, it took her a while to get her sea legs on the $200-million-plus production of
"That was a really hard transition for me to make," the thrice Oscar-nominated actress said at the film's premiere in Hollywood on Wednesday evening. Talking about the film's grandiose sets -- which included seven soundstages -- Williams said she felt anxious about how many people were observing her act.
"I'm conscious of people watching me perform, and I walked onto the set and there must have been 20 different monitors set up," she said. "I realized I wasn't going to be able to control things like I like to."
The film, a prequel to
Franco arrived to the yellow-brick-road-themed carpet via hot-air balloon, which hovered in the air for about 30 minutes, filming a bit for
On set, Franco spent a lot of time observing as well, according to costar
"Both James and I are filmmakers ourselves, and Sam was like the best mentor in the world, teaching us how a movie of this scale is made," Braff said. "In my new film that I'm directing, I have some much smaller-scale little effects people, but I wouldn't have put those in if I hadn't had six months of grad school with Sam Raimi."
At the after-party, Braff was flanked by his statuesque supermodel girlfriend Taylor Bagley, while Kunis holed up with her beau,
None of the leading ladies were spotted taking advantage of the free O.P.I. manicure station, where a handful of young women waited in line to have their nails painted with glittery polish inspired by the film.
"Oz: The Great and Powerful" is set to hit theaters on March 8.