Out of her com­fort zone

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - SHOWBIZ - By RICK BENT­LEY

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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