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5 Things Learned at the 'Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters' Apple Store Panel

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If you're a Lermanite who didn't get to attend the "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters" Apple Store panel in New York City last week -- or was shut out due to max capacity -- have no fear, we've got all the scoop from the event in addition to the full-length podcast, which you can view for free on iTunes.

The panel featured "Percy Jackson" stars Logan Lerman and Alexandra Daddario as part of Apple's "Meet the Filmmakers" series and was moderated by NextMovie's own Executive Editor Kevin Polowy.

Here are five fun facts we learned from the event.

1. The movie gives good cameo.

"Castle's" Nathan Fillion and "Community's" Yvette Nicole Brown are just two of the many notable actors who make appearances in the film. During the panel, we got a sneak peek of these stars in action, including Brown as a taxi driver and Fillion as the Greek god Hermes.

So what was it like for the young actors to work with these comedic scene-stealers? "A lot of cool actors got to come in and do their thing," Lerman said. "Nathan is a lot of fun — he has so many ideas and it was really cool to see what he brought to the table."

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2. What Logan really wants to do is direct.

When asked what he would be doing if he weren't an actor, Lerman told the audience, "I really love movies. I kind of fell into acting as a means to get my foot in the door and just being on a movie set, so the dream route would be filmmaking… But I really enjoy what I do right now."

Will we ever see Lerman trade in acting for a spot behind the camera? "Maybe," the actor hinted. "I'd really like to, eventually."

3. Brought to you by Thor.

This is fitting: a man named Thor is directing a movie about demigods. "Very appropriate!" Daddario joked.

For the second installment, director Thor Freudenthal ("Diary of a Wimpy Kid") took over the reins from Chris Columbus, who directed the first "Percy Jackson" film and produced the second. The actors discussed what it was like to work with a mythical god different director this time 'round.

"He wanted the movie to be closer to the books," Daddario said, referring to criticisms that the first film strayed too far from the source material. Lerman agreed with his co-star and praised the director's style. "[Thor] has a really good understanding of his edit for the films," the actor said. "His tonal style of filmmaking really matches the books — they're very fast-paced and light and fun."

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4. The stars give great advice.

Both in their twenties, Lerman and Daddario pretty much hit the jackpot when they scored lead roles in the popular franchise. So what advice do they have for other youngins looking to break into the industry?

"There are a lot of people who give you their opinions on what to do," Daddario said. "Following your heart and working really, really hard is the best thing you can do, and just try not to be too hard on yourself."

Lerman cited a more practical approach to breaking into the biz. "There are just so many platforms nowadays. YouTube is great. You can create your own material… There are so many ways to do it. But just trust your instincts. Trust your personal taste, don’t let anybody tell you to do anything differently than the way that you truly believe you should do it."

5. Logan has the famous Percy Jackson pen-sword at home (…or the sword version, at least).

One audience member asked the actors if they got to keep – and use – any of the cool props from the set in real life.

"I have the sword at home," Lerman said. "I just go around my house, like, hiiiyah! It's great."

"Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters" hits theaters today.

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