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by Nigel M Smith
September 9, 2013 10:51 AM
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Mia Wasikowska On Having Three Films at TIFF and Why She Stuck to Indies Following 'Alice in Wonderland'

How did Jarmusch compare to the other filmmakers you've worked with?

I think the thing that I learned the most from working with a lot of different filmmakers is that there's no one way to make a film. There's no formula that equals a good film. Jim, at the same time that he's very specific, he gives you a lot of freedom. He sees the script as a skeleton, and lets us go with things. But at the same time he has the film edited in his mind.

You seemed freer in this than I've ever seen you before. Despite it being a vampire film, it's arguably one of your lightest films. Was it nice to let loose?

It was really fun to be a brat. In real life we're always suppressing a bratty nature, so it was really fun to be as annoying as possible and encouraged in that direction. I do get a lot of quiet introverts.

You seem drawn to fiercely independent female characters. What do you attribute that to?

Mia Wasikowska in 'Tracks'
I think I am attracted to those roles maybe because I think that there's something to learn from them for myself (laughs). Also it's just more fun to play them. It's much more interesting than playing 'the girlfriend.'

Did you have strong female figures growing up?

Yeah. All of the women in my family above me are pretty interesting. My nana and my mom immigrated on their own from Poland. My mom was 11 and my nana was in her thirties. They're pretty independent and feisty women in their own right, and I admire them.

Another awesome woman is Tilda Swinton. What was it like to get to know her?

I love that acting is just one part of her life. A lot of the female actors that I admire, they don't let it to become their only thing. It's their obvious passion, but they're good at balancing a life outside of film. And Tilda's like that. She's this amazing woman who lives in Scotland and has her family. She always seems to be learning things and dabbling in other areas, both creative and academic. She was talking to a brain surgeon on the shoot, just because she was curious about the brain.

You've worked with so many amazing actors over the course of your career. Do any of them serve as mentors?

Nicole Kidman, who I worked with recently, was so wonderful and kind. She was always the ultimate role model for any Australian actor. I just found her incredibly warm and open sharing her experiences about coming into a world that she's not from. She's always there if I need any help.
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  • RPG | September 11, 2013 12:45 AMReply

    LOL, can you picture Mia bringing Tim Burton his coffee on set every day?

    Seriously, call her bland and boring all you want but I'll take her over the likes of S. Woodley's pretentious neo-hippie word vomit any day of the week.

  • Armak | September 9, 2013 2:41 PMReply

    Gotta love any actor who says "In terms of the elephants of making film…" Please don't tell me that's a typo!

  • JP | September 9, 2013 5:34 PM

    I don't think it's you. There's typos galore in this piece.

  • Alex | September 9, 2013 2:05 PMReply

    One of the best, and most interesting actors around right now. Especially of her generation. I can see her having a career like Kidman. I am so eager to see Tracks especially. Love her work in Stoker.

  • R | September 9, 2013 11:53 AMReply

    Thank you for this interview.

  • Scott B. | September 9, 2013 11:37 AMReply

    I always look forward to seeing another new Mia Wasikowska film - I think she's fantastic and if anyone is going to be called a chameleon as an actor, she's it (maybe also Gary Oldman in his heyday). I still keep watching "Stoker" and "Jane Eyre" - amazing performances. She sounds so mature, too.