What did it look like?
It was showing enough to be Sin City, but not too much, so I felt comfortable (laughing).
Yeah, the Sin City wardrobe can be pretty revealing at times.
Yeah! (Laughing.) I really liked mine…it looked like one of those high waisted ‘50s bikinis, but just black and leather, and I wore it with tights. It was actually pretty cute. (Laughing.)
After the premiere of Sin City, do you expect to shift into more major theatre releases, or ideally, do you want to keep an even balance between those and smaller festival films?
I kind of want to do everything. I’m that actress that wants to do a studio film, but then I want to do something that is independent, that would go to Sundance, and I would want to do theatre. So, I would like to do everything that I feel like will help me grow as an actress — that’s my goal.
Is there an actress you admire for how she’s built her career? One perhaps similar to what you’re talking about creating?
An actress that I really respect is Amy Adams. She’s just amazing. I respect her in the sense that a lot of women have a hard time accepting that they are getting a little bit older — and she’s not old — but she’s not playing a college student. And I really want to be one of those actresses that works until she’s 80-years-old.
And longevity comes with that sort of career…
The balance of being a female actress is very tough because a big part of being a female actress when you’re younger, is that they rely a lot on their looks. That’s why, when I do a movie, I don’t necessarily care how I look because in 15-20 years, I’m not going to look how I look now, so it doesn’t really matter.
I think it’s clear from your film credits already that you’re not one to choose parts because of things like flattering costume choices or because you want to play a prom queen, it’s kind of the opposite with you it seems; you’re known for playing unconventional characters. What draws you to these types of complex roles?
The characters that I play are ones where their situations are not boring and their mind is not simple, it’s very complex. And that’s what I like about them because I’m not like that, and it’s interesting for me to play them.
You have another film premiering this year called You Can’t Win, can you tell us a bit about your role in that film?
It was a long time ago when I shot that, and I have a very small part, but it was a lot of fun. Michael Pitt is one of the most generous guys I have ever met. And one of my best friends, Louisa Krause, who was in Martha Marcy May Marlene, she’s in it — it was really nice being on the set with her.
Let’s talk a bit about fashion, you have an amazing personal style. How would you describe your look?
I’m not really too into things where people go, “Oh, that was so four seasons ago” (laughing), I always like it when people are wearing things that fit well, the colour looks good and they feel good. At the end of the day, that is most important. My style is…well, it’s just that my hair is very crazy…
No, it is… it kind of makes everything more…interesting. And because my hair is really crazy, I don’t like wearing things that are too too crazy. I like things that are simple, but at the same time make a statement, if that makes sense? Like you notice it, but you don’t really know what you’re noticing — it just looks good.
Simple can be beautiful.
I like the classic look; it can be classic preppy, classic funky, classic punk — it can be classic anything. I love when things are classic, I think it looks good on everyone.
Who are some of your favourite designers?
I really like [the work of] a good friend of mine, Liquica [Anggraini]. Her company is called RADENRORO. She has a lot of beautiful stuff, that I always love to wear. She knows beautiful colours.
Any other designers you like?
I love a lot of the big designers; Dior always has amazing stuff…Prada, Miu Miu, Alberta Ferretti. But it depends if you want a casual look too, like Rag & Bone…
Living in New York, do you ever make it out to NYFW?
The times that I’ve been have been really fun. You know, I love fashion and I’m in the film world — which is similar in one sense, but it’s very different in another sense — so it kind of gives me a little break; I’m not thinking, oh, how much did they put into this movie? It’s completely different; I get to just look at the clothes.
What about your red carpet style, any styles you particularly gravitate towards?
I love wearing shorter dresses and having more of a closed top. Another thing that I really love is a pants suit; if you’re wearing shorts and a matching jacket and cute tights and heels, I think it’s very modest, but kind of sexy and cute — it’s a nice mix.
Do you still get nervous when walking the red carpet or are you a pro now?
No, I get nervous. (Laughing.) It’s always kind of weird and it’s always going to be weird. You don’t know how your picture [will look]; you might feel great, and then the next day when you see the pictures, it might be terrible. It’s just never normal. And then they’re screaming your name in all directions and you don’t know where to look, and [people] are having a conversation with you, but then they’re snapping pictures at the same time as talking.
As an actress, do you think having a distinct personal style is important, or do you think too much importance is placed on what celebrities are wearing?
That’s an interesting question. You need to have your own personal style…but I think it’s a balance. I think fashion is a great way to express yourself, but I do sometimes think a lot of people can take it too far where they become materialistic.
To end, let’s talk a little bit about what you have on your plate now, what do you have lined up?
Okay, so I have a lot of different stuff. I just finished a movie a week ago, I’ve been away for a month in L.A. The movie is with Lily Tomlin, Marcia Gay Harden and Judy Greer…but I can’t say too much, we just finished. And then I have 3 other movies that I’m attached to, but they will probably get made later in the year.
So you might have some time to relax and enjoy the summer, then?
I don’t know yet…oh and then I’m also doing the Sundance lab in about a week, it’s going to be fun. I don’t know, hopefully I get a break [for] a little bit.
............................................................ Makeup - Min Min Ma at Starworks Artists
Hair - Andrew Fitzsimons at ABTP Artist Agency using Oribe
Styling Assistants - Déjà Turner & Rachel Mosley
Shot on Location at Bathtub Gin, New York City
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