Sarah Gadon Interviews with Filler Magazine

Sarah Gadon talks of switching gears for Cosmopolis, in Filler magazine interview on A Dangerous Method, done during the Venice Film Festival.

A quick and informative read, Sarah talks about being cast in A Dangerous Method, what it’s like to work with David Cronenberg, and her other recent work. I found it interesting to learn that she is the daughter of a psychologist and familiar with the work of Jung and Freud from dinner time conversation, and she studied psychology some as well. She talks a bit about switching gears– taking on a modern wife role in Cosmopolis, one quite different than Emma Jung.

Here’s an excerpt of the latter portion of the interview. Sarah was interviewed by Donna Tallotson.

T: How was it working with David?

G: You know, it was amazing. I think David gives his actors a kind of freedom and independence that I’ve never experienced before working with another director. And of course with that freedom comes a lot of responsibility. And you want to come to the table with something that is going to be compelling and that he’s going to find compelling so there is a lot of pressure in it that way. But I think he creates a working environment that is at total ease and everyone is so well informed and it feels comfortable and feels like they are working on a film with a great director. So really, it’s the most ideal situation to be in. And having worked with him twice now, because after A Dangerous Method, at the beginning of this year, I did his latest film, Cosmopolis, it was just even easier. He’s a really inspiring person to be around because he’s an intellect and he’s a passionate artist and just to hear him talk and promote the film and to discuss his work after having seen it, is just inspiring, too, on a whole new level.

T: In Cosmopolis, what kind of role do you play?

G: I play Robert Pattinson’s wife.

T: You’ve had some pretty favourable casting.

G: Yes, I have. I have good marital relationships. But she has this kind of cat-and-mouse game going on throughout the whole film so she’s a little more sexy and not as reserved as Emma, and she’s an American. So I have kind of a New England accent in that film.

T: How was that?

G: I loved it, it was great. It was so great to switch gears and play. When I did Cosmopolis we were doing our camera tests, because he [Cronenberg] had offered me the part and I didn’t have to audition for it, which is the whole other terrifying territory. He came up to me and he said, “So you ready to play a modern woman?” and I said, “Yeah, yeah I’m ready,” because it’s a contemporary film. And I said, “So do you want to discuss the character and the choices that I’ve made for this character?” and he’s like, “No, it’s all there,” and he just pointed at the script. That was a bit overwhelming.

T: Are you kind of like his latest muse?

G: I would NOT refer to myself as that, but others might. I would consider myself the luckiest Canadian actress right now, that’s for sure.

T: Do you want to do more Canadian stuff?

G: Yeah. I mean, I love film and I love great projects and great stories and it doesn’t necessarily matter to me who’s telling them, the nationality of the person who is telling them. But I think doing Canadian work is really important in the sense that I think it’s important that we feed and inspire and encourage our own cinematic industry within the landscape of our country.

T: So what do you have coming up?

G: Well … I just finished Cosmopolis, [and] I did a miniseries called World Without End produced by Ridley Scott that I was shooting in Budapest. [Then] I flew straight here, and now I’m going to exhale and figure out what’s next.


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