Filler magazine recently sat down with Sarah Gadon and she opened up about her Cosmopolis character, Elise Shifrin, and more.
There is something immediately disarming about Sarah Gadon. Characterized by a cool breed of beauty that would have turned Hitchcock’s head, this blue-eyed, fair-haired actress negates any misgivings one may have of her as the reticent Hollywood starlet with her candid conversation and easy laugh. There is no aloofness to chip through when meeting the 25-year-old actress for the first time, and, comparatively, zero indication of mannered charm waxing an “average Jill” persona. She’s the type of person that, were you to arrive 10 minutes early for an interview with her, she’d already be there at the coffee shop waiting, passing the time reading, not messaging and Twittering on her phone.
The next excerpt dives a little into Sarah’s thoughts on Elise and her relationship with Eric Packer, played by Robert Pattinson.
Shaking off the reserve demanded by her Dangerous Method role, the actress swaps the inhibitions of her Emma Jung character for the modern liberty of Cosmopolis’s Elise Shifrin, the eccentric poet and heiress, whom 28-year-old Eric Packer (Pattinson) put a ring on not 22 days prior to when the narrative action begins.
“She’s an oddball,” says Gadon of Elise. “When I read the script, I almost thought that she was kind of a hermit, even though she is a socialite, because she’s kind of inaccessible. I almost feel like she’s the type of person that doesn’t see the light of day very often.” Detecting a touch of the Grey Garden recluse in her character, Gadon researched “Big Edie’s” generation of atypical socialites for insight into the enigmatic Elise and her relationship with husband Eric. “She doesn’t really surface, she’s just right under the surface. And, I think her interactions with her husband are all about trying to figure out who he is and what the hell he does. I feel like they’re constantly trying to communicate, but they’re speaking two completely different languages,” the actress explains.
This final excerpt made me laugh because I remember the day on twitter clearly that Filler mentions – plus the Sarah and Caitlin tweets a couple of days before. It wasn’t the Twilight fandom though that was morsel hunting. It was the Rob fandom. Fandom speculated that the NYC trip for the ladies could be for a Cosmopolis photoshoot with Rob (who popped up in NYC at the same time). We were a tad eager for a Cosmopolis shoot and definitely buzzed about our “deity” possibly being involved. 😉
Having been plunged into the media shark tank/celebrity blogosphere last summer by rumours circulating about an off-screen romance with co-star Robert Pattinson during the production of Cosmopolis, Gadon knows something of the cultural phenomenon that is R. Patz. “You’d have to be living under a rock not to realize the far reach of his fan base.” Quick to deny the rumours and highlight the brevity of their working relationship (“I get asked so frequently about Rob and working with him, but we didn’t spend very much time together…we did our scene and then left.”), it’s evident the actress is combating the gravitation pull of the R. Patz orbit. “It’s kind of like this whole different force beyond it. I really honestly feel like I exist on a different planet than he does…I do,” she trails off, laughing. “I don’t live in that world…I go home…living in my bachelor apartment, taking the TCC, reading my school work…it’s weird.”
One Tweet from our photo shoot with the actress alerted a mass of Twilight fans across the globe on the hunt for any morsel of information leading them back to the whereabouts of their deity, something Gadon has becoming familiar with since opening her own Twitter account this January. “My Twitter account is open so anyone can follow me, and it’s really not particularly interesting. I tweet things like ‘Going to New York!’ and I have like R. Patz Venezuela saying, ‘Have a great trip’….it’s so bizarre.”
Asked if her glimpse of R.Patz fandemonium has since made her more protective of her personal life, a reverent Gadon insists: “I just don’t think I will ever achieve that sort of fame. It’s reserved for the teen heartthrobs, it doesn’t exist for us ‘normies.’” There’s no feigned humbleness when Gadon shrugs off any possibility of becoming a cultural icon, though readers would do better wagering the opposite, judging from the momentum of the actress’s rising star.
With Cosmopolis rumoured to be an official selection at this year’s Festival de Cannes in mid-May, and Antiviral vying for a spot in the competition, and of course both being optimal possible CanCon selections at this September’s TIFF, it would appear that Gadon is in for a rapturous international film festival season.
This was a great interview with more detail and insight into the actress than these excerpts. Click HERE to read it in it’s entirety.
Photography by Caitlin Cronenberg