ARTICLE: Sarah Gadon mentions the “cat-and-mouse” games of Eric & Elise in Cosmopolis + More

A reader of ours, Lena, sent a heads-up email with Sarah Gadon interviews & Cosmopolis mentions. First up is from FILLER Magazine.

Excerpt from FILLER Magazine:

She’s the girl on Robert Pattinson’s arm, after spending months clinging to the right side of Michael Fassbender, and she’s been the favourite of A-list directors David Cronenberg and Ridley Scott, but she still remains relatively unknown.

Canadian actress Sarah Gadon has indisputably hit a stroke of luck in a time when movies aren’t being made and the good ones are few and far between. Despite being suddenly cast into the VIP section of cinema, she’s surprisingly humble, smart about her roles, and excited about whatever ventures lie in her future.

The 21-year-old has a background in dance, spending her youth training as a Junior Associate at the National Ballet School of Canada and as a student at Claude Watson School for the Performing Arts. She took on her first major adult role in A Dangerous Method playing Emma Jung alongside Fassbender, Keira Knightley and Viggo Mortensen. She simultaneously starred in Mary Harron’s Moth Diaries. To boot, she has also already completed Cronenberg’s Don DeLillo novel-adapted film Cosmopolis, in which she plays Robert Pattinson’s wife, to be released next year, as well as the Ridley Scott-produced mini-series World without End in Hungary.

Her earnestness may make her seem green to those that meet her, but the actress is hard working and shows a glint of business savvy. Are we a fool for loving her? Either way, we’ll likely be seeing more of her. FILLER took a moment to catch up with her during the Venice Film Festival to talk Cronenberg, success, and where she thinks she’s headed.

How was it working with David?

You know, it was amazing. I think David gives his actors a kind of freedom and independence that I’ve never experienced before working with another director.  And of course with that freedom comes a lot of responsibility. And you want to come to the table with something that is going to be compelling and that he’s going to find compelling so there is a lot of pressure in it that way. But I think he creates a working environment that is at total ease and everyone is so well informed and it feels comfortable and feels like they are working on a film with a great director. So really, it’s the most ideal situation to be in. And having worked with him twice now, because after A Dangerous Method, at the beginning of this year, I did his latest film, Cosmopolis, it was just even easier. He’s a really inspiring person to be around because he’s an intellect and he’s a passionate artist and just to hear him talk and promote the film and to discuss his work after having seen it, is just inspiring, too, on a whole new level.

In Cosmopolis, what kind of role do you play?

I play Robert Pattinson’s wife.

You’ve had some pretty favourable casting.

Yes, I have. I have good marital relationships. But she has this kind of cat-and-mouse game going on throughout the whole film so she’s a little more sexy and not as reserved as Emma, and she’s an American. So I have kind of a New England accent in that film.

How was that?

I loved it, it was great. It was so great to switch gears and play. When I did Cosmopolis we were doing our camera tests, because he had offered me the part and I didn’t have to audition for it, which is the whole other terrifying territory. He came up to me and he said, “So you ready to play a modern woman?” and I said, “Yeah, yeah I’m ready,” because it’s a contemporary film. And I said, “So do you want to discuss the character and the choices that I’ve made for this character?” and he’s like, “No, it’s all there,” and he just pointed at the script. That was a bit overwhelming.

Are you kind of like his latest muse?

I would NOT refer to myself as that, but others might. I would consider myself the luckiest Canadian actress right now, that’s for sure.

Do you want to do more Canadian stuff?

Yeah. I mean, I love film and I love great projects and great stories and it doesn’t necessarily matter to me who’s telling them, the nationality of the person who is telling them. But I think doing Canadian work is really important in the sense that I think it’s important that we feed and inspire and encourage our own cinematic industry within the landscape of our country.

So what do you have coming up?

Well … I just finished Cosmopolis, [and] I did a miniseries called World Without End produced by Ridley Scott that I was shooting in Budapest. [Then] I flew straight here, and now I’m going to exhale and figure out what’s next.

Click HERE to read the interview in its entirety.

Lena tells us there was also a small mention of Sarah in Vogue (US) from David Cronenberg:

“Sarah is, of course, beautiful,” says Cronenberg, “But what makes her a terrific screen presence is her talent and technique. She can do anything. She’s capable of playing upper-class elegance without a blip, but I have no doubt she could play a much tougher character. When an actor’s that good, there’s no limit.”

We already posted the interview from PULP Magazine but the post only had a screencap of the Cosmopolis mention.

Read the transcript after the cut & view more pictures of Sarah by Caitlin Cronenberg.

Transcript from PULP:

If you were sitting in a 10.a.m Cinema class at University of Toronto in the early weeks of September, you might have been witness of a petite, slightly tired nonetheless striking blond taking a seat beside you. You could assume, like many other students, she was late up partying the night before. In this assumption you would be 50 percents correct. Except that the party wasn’t in the someone’s IKEA-filled dorm room and that cute guy from your philosophy class wasn’t there. In fact it was an InStyle A-Lister red carpet event at the Windsor Arms Hotel and George Clooney was on the guest list. The 24-year-old sleep-deprived beauty is Sarah Gadon: part-time student and and full-time movie star.
Don’t worry, in the months a head, she will not need an introduction.

Despite her 13 years of industry experience, Gadon says that her recent whirlwind of back-to-back press stops for David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method, from Venice to the Toronto International Film festival, have felt like a true learning curve.

“I was wary {of the press junkets} initially. There is always a degree apprehension as an artist; you’re concerned with your presentation and breaking the ice.“ At {TIFF} the Canadian journalists were really informed and sparked such interesting discussions. The foreign press love David but he is very intense and seeing me {after completing Q&As with Cronenberg} would no doubt breathe a sigh of a relief!”

Luckily, so could Gadon, as the film has been well-received, showered with praise by both the art house aristocratic-types in Venice and the notably more mainstream, commercial critics of TIFF. The film, an intense drama, focuses on the tumultuous and complex relationship between Carl Jung {Michael Fassbender} and his mentor Sigmund Freud {Viggo Mortensen} and the resulting of birth psychoanalysis. Amidst this cast of well-established stars, Gadon holds her own, playing Jung’s wife Emma; stoic and and unwavering in the face of Jung’s infidelities.

Not to say that she didn’t have some help from some extreme pre-WWI costuming.
“I wore a pregnancy corset. That was a first.“

In Cronenberg’s upcoming film Cosmopolis {slated for an early 2012}, Gadon plays the better half of to another powerful man: this time to a Manhattan multimillionaire who, in the course of 24 hours, loses his entire fortune.

Dead centre in another cast of heavy-hitting actors, including Paul Giamatti and Juliette Binoche, it is Robert Pattinson {said millionaire} that has garnered early buzz for the film and by association, brought Gadon’s name to the forefront. In the weeks leading up to the pre-production, Gadon consciously avoided any Pattinson-themed media – a near- impossible feat in the climate of Twilightmania.

“My decision not to read any of Robert’s interviews or press {stemmed from} my desire to go into the project without any preconceived notions {about him} that might inform our work together.”

Gadon recalls coming into her camera test and sitting across from Pattinson only to emerge, hours later, to mobs of people outside the building screaming his name. She is quick to dispel the “celeb” stereotype, saying that in their working relationship, Pattinson was “refreshingly normal” and “deeply concerned about the development of his career.”
“It was wonderful to watch Robert in such an intelligent project, and for David, {Robert’s fan base} will open up a younger demographic.”

Not a bad deal for Gadon either, for whom both Pattinson’s and Cronenberg’s name will translate too much less anonymity. If at first somewhat overcome with excitement and anticipation at the thought of working with such a big names, Gadon is levelheaded and thoughtful about the process.

“There is this sense of wanting to prove yourself – to your colleagues and to your director. {Once you’re working} that anxiety melts away. Independent films in particular are really a director’s medium. They set the tone. David is so established and has such confidence and clarity in his own vision that it is easy to work with him… there is an atmosphere of trust. For artists this is so important to feel secure and open; to be able to trust their choices.“ For Gadon, choices are becoming more plentiful. Her passport is getting a rigorous workout and she is becoming accustomed to packing and unpacking her life, taking little pieces of home with her. {Her Great North must-haves: David’s Tea and maple syrup for cooking.} It also doesn’t hurt bouts of homesickness to run into other homegrown talent across the pond.

“I was in a book store in Budapest with {fellow actor and Canadian} Megan Fellows and we ran into Colm Feore! He travels with his own knife set. He is a huge cook, and apparently, it is something that isn’t easy to come by when you’re travelling.“

Other than some choice teas and maple syrup, Gadon’s focused on retaining her piece of mind and balance in an industry that can be unpredictable and at times ruthless to young actors.

“I {tell myself} to stay patient, stay present… not to panic about my next job and just enjoy the moment. To live in the moment.“

That seems like the place to be for Gadon, because this is her moment.

Thank you for the email, Lena!

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  • Nice reads, thanks Дашусик 🙂

  • Kim

    Lovely piece and striking photos. I remember watching an interview and she speaks very well.
    Looking to see this movie with the content involved and of course Cosmopolis.

  • A penny short

    ‘Sarah Gadon is very articulate and I imagine with her background in ballet, she is very disciplined. She is very entertaining as Dr. Julia’s wild sister in Murdoch Mysteries. She has only been in a few episodes but was noteworthy as an actress even in this small role.