Eye in the Sky,

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - AGENDA -

In her lat­est movie, filmed in South Africa and di­rected by Gavin Hood, plays a steely colonel con­duct­ing a drone at­tack. In an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view, she tells Chris­tine van Deemter why she dropped ev­ery­thing for this role Eye in the Sky is a smart and crit­i­cal lm about the in­tri­cate moral­ity of drone warfare. Why did you choose this role? For that ex­act rea­son. I felt that it was orig­i­nal and kept you on the edge of your seat. Scripts like that don’t come along of­ten. I also know Colin Firth [who pro­duced the lm as a con­sci­en­tious, in­tel­li­gent per­son and I knew the lm would have those qual­i­ties. I told my agent that’s the movie I wanted to do. How did you nd lm­ing in South Africa? I spent some time in Cape Town and had a great hike up Ta­ble Moun­tain. It’s very beau­ti­ful and I was fas­ci­nated by the dif­fer­ent cul­tures; I wanted to know lots more. But most of my time was spent lm­ing in a bunker, talk­ing to a green screen! You re­cently com­mented that the #Os­carsSoWhite con­tro­versy is less about the Academy and more about the in­dus­try need­ing change at a grass­roots level. Do you think this will hap­pen? Yes, I do, ab­so­lutely. The wa­ter is start­ing to burst through the cracks and peo­ple are nd­ing a voice where they might not pre­vi­ously have had one, or been heard. It will spread and things will change. Do you feel the act­ing in­dus­try is not ac­cept­ing of older women, or is the tide chang­ing? I think it is chang­ing. Sto­ries are about peo­ple who are ac­tive in the world and the re­al­ity is that those peo­ple are be­tween 20 and 60. But it’s not the roles for women in drama that should change – it’s the roles for women in real life. Drama will fol­low. My char­ac­ter, colonel Kather­ine Pow­ell, is a good ex­am­ple of this. We have to nd ex­cit­ing sto­ries about peo­ple over 50 that are not just about them be­ing old and age­ing. Do you still get ner­vous be­fore you do a job? Yes. I get ner­vous about be­ing good enough, and about look­ing ap­pro­pri­ate for the char­ac­ter. Also about meet­ing and work­ing with new peo­ple, and how to re­late to them. I’ve al­ways been very un­sure of my­self in so­cial sit­u­a­tions. Do you have a go-to de­signer for the red car­pet? I choose my red-car­pet looks very quickly. I of­ten go to Dolce & Gab­bana; I love their slight ec­cen­tric­ity and el­e­ment of fun, and their dresses t very well. Also Bad­g­ley Mis­chka and Jenny Pack­ham. And Zara! I go to Zara in ev­ery coun­try I visit.

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