A COLOS­SAL UN­DER­TAK­ING

Anne Hath­away mixes things up in B.C.-shot film

Regina Leader-Post - - MOVIES - BOB THOMP­SON bthomp­son@postmedia.com

Anne Hath­away lives in two dif­fer­ent movie worlds. She co-stars in Hol­ly­wood movies and head­lines in­de­pen­dent films.

For in­stance, Hath­away joins San­dra Bul­lock and Cate Blanchett in the ca­per spinoff Ocean’s Eight which will ar­rive in mul­ti­plexes next sum­mer.

More im­me­di­ately, she’s the fea­tured at­trac­tion in the low­bud­get pic­ture Colos­sal. In the odd crea­ture com­edy, Hath­away plays Glo­ria, who be­gins to be­lieve mon­ster in­ci­dents in South Korea are con­nected to her U.S. break­down.

Dan Stevens por­trays Glo­ria’s boyfriend who throws her out of his Man­hat­tan apart­ment af­ter her ex­ces­sive drink­ing and dis­re­gard for what’s around her.

Ja­son Sudeikis plays an old flame who re-en­ters Glo­ria’s life when she moves back to her small-town fam­ily house for refuge.

Hath­away, who gave birth to baby boy Jonathan last March, talks about be­ing a mom, her new movie and film­ing it in Van­cou­ver and Langley, B.C.

Q Were you con­cerned about the mix of gen­res in Colos­sal?

A I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I was never wor­ried about that.

Q Did you have faith in (Span­ish film­maker) Na­cho Vi­ga­londo?

A I did. I thought he could pull it off at the bud­get level dis­cussed. And I like to take chances. That’s just the way my com­pass points. Q Did you work out how to play Glo­ria with the di­rec­tor?

A I re­ally don’t think we had dis­cus­sions how to play her. Mostly, we worked on mo­ments in the film, es­pe­cially the ones that res­onated with me. We just felt a kin­ship to who she is.

Q Do you un­der­stand her?

A She felt fa­mil­iar to me. I rec­og­nized as­pects of my­self in her and I rec­og­nized peo­ple I know in her. She felt honest to me in a world that’s sur­real, and I love that about her.

Q Is she dys­func­tional or is ev­ery­body around her dys­func­tional?

A Dys­func­tional is such a funny word and a funny con­cept. In the rich­ness of indie cin­ema, I think we can ac­knowl­edge ev­ery­body’s dys­func­tional and it’s fun to ex­plore.

Q What is Glo­ria’s strength in that realm?

A Glo­ria is strug­gling, and she’s met with judg­ment, but she’s not ac­tu­ally a judg­men­tal per­son, so she doesn’t judge her­self. That’s one of the most in­fu­ri­at­ing things about her. She’s thought­less but with­out be­ing un­kind. Q How was col­lab­o­rat­ing with Sudeikis and Stevens? A Ja­son (Sudeikis) and I have known each other for a long time. I didn’t know Dan (Stevens), but I was sur­rounded by th­ese great men play­ing not so great men which speaks to who they are. Q Do you like tak­ing cre­ative risks?

A You’re giv­ing me too much credit. It’s not as though I have a ca­reer man­i­festo. I like what I like, and as I get older, I know my­self bet­ter. At this point, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to stand be­hind things that I don’t be­lieve in. Q Did you en­joy film­ing in Van­cou­ver and Langley?

A I did. My brother and his hus­band have a new baby so it meant I got to see them lots be­cause they live in (Van­cou­ver). Q How has be­ing a mom changed your ap­proach to work?

A I don’t know that my fo­cus has changed as much as it has ex­panded. Based on what peo­ple had told me I was ex­pect­ing this seis­mic shift but it’s turned out to be mostly the same. Q How so?

A I’m fas­ci­nated and thank­ful that I still get to do what I do, but now have this whole other uni­verse.

Dys­func­tional is such a funny word and a funny con­cept. In the rich­ness of indie cin­ema, I think we can ac­knowl­edge ev­ery­body’s dys­func­tional and it’s fun to ex­plore.

NEON

“I like what I like, and as I get older, I know my­self bet­ter,” Oscar-win­ner Anne Hath­away, 34, says of tak­ing cre­ative risks in the roles and projects she chooses.

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