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One of the repeated lines of the Mortal Instruments series is that “all the stories are true.” There is no reason to assume that the monsters under your bed are a figment of your imagination once your eyes have been opened to the world of Shadowhunters and Downworlders (and yeah, okay, I really wish Simon Lewis were a real person).

EW asked the cast and crew at the Mortal Instruments: City of Bones premiere in Los Angeles which stories they hoped were true — and got some interesting answers. Ranging from the fantastical to the medicinal to rock and roll legends, the people who brought TMI to life share their wistful wishes below:

Lily Collins – Clary

“Oh, I love the idea of the Tooth Fairy. I think a lot of people would be knocking teeth out if the Tooth Fairy really were real and they just left money under your pillow. I think that’d be a sweet little thing.”

Jamie Campbell Bower – Jace

“The Tooth Fairy. It would be great, it would be a great one.” (Editor’s note: The onetime real-life couple were not together when they both gave this adorable answer.)

Cassandra Clare – author

Lord of the Rings, I want to live in that world. I want to be a valiant lady warrior like Eowyn and live in that beautiful world.”

Robert Sheehan – Simon

“I think it’s probably that Rolling Stones one to do with the Mars bar.” (Editor’s note: He explained that further, but it’s mildly inappropriate. He’s a rake, that one.)

Kevin Zegers – Alec

“I’ve always wanted to believe that the Loch Ness [Monster] was real. There’s got to be some animal that exists that people just haven’t — I don’t believe in the Bigfoot thing. I think people would’ve seen that. But there’s got to be something in the ocean we don’t know about.”

Godfrey Gao – Magnus

“Santa Claus. I don’t know if it’s still true or not, but I’ve always believed in Santa Claus and I love the whole Christmas feeling, and ever since I was a little kid I’ve always wanted to meet Santa Claus.”

Jared Harris – Hodge

“I love all the Greek myths, so yeah I’d like to see some Cyclops wandering around.”

Aden Turner – Luke

“I wish ‘hair of the dog’ was true. I wish the two pints in the morning after the night before made you feel better. It really doesn’t. What a myth, what a crummy myth.”

Atil Ovarssen – composer

“Well, don’t we all wish that good guys always win in the end and that there are no monsters under the bed. But I come from Iceland, and there’s so much mythology in all aspects of life. Like people still believe that there are elves in rocks, you know, and you can’t put a road there because the elves are going to get pissed off. So you know, I think I believe all of it.”

The entire cast agreed that the angelic rune they wished they had at the moment I interviewed them on the black carpet was some variation of “fearlessness,” but they managed to keep their terror in check to tell me how they all wanted be Shadowhunters in real life. Except Sheehan — he wants to be a werewolf. “Well, because I’m a fan of very hirsute men, I’d probably end up being a Downworlder, because then I could be in a werewolf biker gang and be surrounded by hairy people all the time.”

So what about you, TMI fans? Other than the obvious — we all wish the world of City of Bones really existed! — what’s a story you wish were true?

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