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How does your character, Claire Dearing, fit into Jurassic World?
She basically runs the park. Where we start with this film, it’s John Hammond’s dream come to life. It’s a fully functional operational park that is working. Her responsibility is to make sure that basically the first film doesn’t happen and to keep up with the times and to have it be profitable and all of that. She’s sort of Holly Hunter- esque from Broadcast News. She’s Type A and not entirely self aware, but has moments of clarity, for sure, and is kind of funny, though it’s at her expense. She has a lot of gravitas and power and drive and her humanity emerges in unexpected moments. She’s a really multidimensional, layered, complex lady that gets to be part of this spectacle. What’s Claire’s relationship with Owen like?
The way Chris and I talked about it was Romancing The Stone. It’s a little like that. We also reference It Happened One Night and those ’ 40s classic bantery character dynamics where it’s two people from two different perspectives and two different walks of life who need to team up together. It starts off with tension, then turns into romantic tension, and then they ultimately become a team. It was so fun to play. It just felt so classic. There were lots of opportunities for humour. My gosh, it was Chris Pratt! It was a blast. Did you have to do any homework on dinosaurs?
Listen, I have an eight- year- old son, so dinosaurs are part of our day- to- day life! The funny part is, always in reading books to him and whatnot, I’m just terrible in the pronunciation of these dinosaur names. He, from a very young age, was always correcting me. So finally I felt in a way I’ve been preparing for this the last six years of my life reading dinosaur books to my son. He must have been so impressed you were going to work with dinosaurs.
Oh my gosh, it was very exciting for both my children, but it has certainly been the source of some nightmares for my daughter, where she’s like, “I don’t want any dinosaurs to come into my room tonight!” At the beginning, you got a kick out of saying, “I’m working with dinosaurs.” And then I think my daughter took that too seriously, and now I’m trying to undo that trauma [ laughs].
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