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no mat­ter what city Rose Byrne vis­its, she seeks out a 50-me­tre pool: “It’s like a lit­tle pil­grim­age,” says the 35-year-old Aussie over the phone from New York. “I find the wa­ter heal­ing, calm­ing even.” Which is why her lat­est role—as Justine, a grown woman who is tak­ing swim­ming lessons—in the up­com­ing film Adult Begin­ners, posed a pe­cu­liar phys­i­cal chal­lenge. “It was bizarre try­ing to look un­com­fort­able in the wa­ter when I ac­tu­ally love to swim!” she says. Of course, of all the chal­lenges Justine has to face, her lack of aquatic prow­ess is fairly mi­nor. An indie black com­edy that has been pick­ing up steam among crit­ics, the film stars Byrne as a thir­tysome­thing woman who still lives in the house where she grew up and whose high flyer turned huge fail­ure brother re­turns to be a “nanny” for her three-year-old son. Cue the re­gres­sive sib­ling dy­nam­ics, emo­tional view­ing of old fam­ily movies and a funny, un­ex­pect­edly mov­ing ex­plo­ration of ar­rested devel­op­ment in the Long Is­land sub­urbs. “I love how dark Justine is and how she masks it with wit and in­tel­li­gence,” says Byrne, adding that her ex­pe­ri­ence of “be­ing a grown-up” has been quite sim­i­lar. “Parts of it are tough, but it’s im­por­tant to stay on the pos­i­tive side.” And her re­la­tion­ships with her own sib­lings? “We’re all over the place now, but ev­ery year we cram ev­ery­one into a beach house for a week at Sil­ver Rock, north of Syd­ney in Australia. It’s lovely; do­ing that is just a part of my DNA.”

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