Out of her comfort zone
Director Gary Fleder had serious doubts when it was suggested Kate Bosworth should play cassie in Homefront. He just couldn’t see how the petite actress, best known for playing sweet roles like Sandra Dee in Beyond The Sea, could portray a meth-head mother whose drug use turned her into a vile and bitter woman.
the director ended up casting her and was happily surprised with the power Bosworth brought to the role. He calls her work “fearless.”
Bosworth laughs when she hears how people are surprised that she’s able to play a role that is 180° from who she really is. it shouldn’t be a shock because as an actor, her job is to play all kinds of roles – even viciously angry drug users. She knew as soon as she saw the script that she wanted the role because it would be such a challenge.
“When i am sent scripts, i am always looking for the ones with characters that jump out at me. i have to know what the draw is to playing the role,” Bosworth says. “in this character, it was her balance of destruction and darkness and vulnerability and humanistic side. if you take the character at face value, she can be very unsympathetic.
“But, you also have to understand that she is a girl living in world of pain. Being able to connect those dots was the draw for me. i could use all of that to make her real.”
the character she creates is the match that lights a powder keg in a small Louisiana city. What starts out as a schoolyard incident is fanned into a war when cassie turns to her brother, Gator (James Franco), the local drug czar, to help restore some of the family pride she feels has been hurt by the mysterious new guy (Jason Statham) in town.
it wasn’t hard for Bosworth to build a back story for the character. the actress spent her teen years living in the small town of cohasset, Massachusetts.
“i know what it’s like to be alone, in your room, at 15 and trying to figure out a way to have your dreams fulfilled. All i have to do is look around and think what might have happened if i didn’t get the life i have,” Bosworth says.
it’s been a good acting life so far. Since being cast in the 1998 film, The Horse Whisperer, she’s gone on to earn high praise for her work in Blue Crush, Wonderland and Superman Returns.
Bosworth used a wardrobe trick she learned from costume designer Ann roth while filming The Girl In The Park to build her
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Pushing boundaries: Kate bosworth plays