The actress was casually chic when presenting her sci-fi love story “Equals” to the Venice Film Festival, alongside director Drake Doremus and co-star Nicholas Hoult.
On “Equals” being likened to “Romeo & Juliet.”
I guess the reason people have that perception is the end of the film. You know for a fact they would both die for each other. It is about two kids who love each other, who are not allowed to.
One thing we were talking about when making the film, the question we had in rehearsals, was ‘Would we exist as human beings, if love didn’t exist? Could we live without it, or would we just linger.’ I think love is the dominant passion, it’s what keeps our world spinning. So although I don’t want to be really cheesy or anything, the answer is ‘no’.
On playing a character in a world where no-one has emotions.
Actually I’m the only character in the film who’s ‘switched on’, who can feel her emotions the entire time. We’ve all been in a situation where you need to ‘show face’, even if you’ve had a bad day, which is just painful. And it was so much harder to play Mia not able to show how she really feels. I understood that so well.
On acting with Nicholas Hoult.
We had rehearsals in which we were just talking to each other. We went into full tunnel vision. By the time we’d finished we had gone through every emotion. I didn’t know the guy, and then I felt there was a version of Nick that I knew better than anyone who walks the Earth. I think that’s a classic acting exercise, but I had just never done it. And it really works
On moving back and forth between independent and studio films.
I feel equally invested and fervently drawn to every part I’ve done. I’ve never done anything where I was like, ‘OK, let’s just get this one finished’. A lot of actors say ‘One for them, one for me”, but I could never do that. I would be terrible. They would fire me.
If you step outside of yourself and start tactically maneuvering your career, it actually makes no sense whatsoever, I don’t think it’s possible. Sure, there are sociopathic actors out there. But acting requires your heart to be so, so in it. Every single time I agree to do a movie I’m terrified. I think, ‘Oh my God, am I really going to tell them that I can do this?’ But then I jump in. It’s always the same, the budget makes no difference.