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Academy Award winning actress Jennifer Connelly is reunited with two of her favourite collaborators - Academy Award winner Russell Crowe and director Darren Aronofsky - for the epic Noah

Mumbai | Updated: April 2, 2014 5:41 pm
Jennifer Connelly Jennifer Connelly

Why did you agree to do the role in Noah? Was it the chance to work with Darren again?

Well I’d worked with both Darren and Russell before, and working with each of them had been very important experiences for me. I love their work, and so I was very excited at the opportunity to work with them again. They were both very fulfilling experiences for me. It was exciting to play a very complex character at the beginning of my career that was very different from my own life, in Requiem for A Dream (directed by Aronofsky). I remember reading the script of A Beautiful Mind and thinking, ‘if only I could get a part like this’, and I was lucky enough to get it. So, I was really happy to be working with both of them again.

Have the three of you changed your approach to the work since you’ll last collaborated?

Yes, our lives are now very different from what they were the last time we worked together. The circumstances of this film and the dynamics between our characters is very different than what it was in the last film we did together, and yet I would say that there was something very familiar about working together again. I love Darren. And it was great to come back and work with him again. It was great to see him doing a different kind of a film. I think he has really handled it so well. It’s true to the spirit of Noah, but it’s really bold and creative. He did an amazing job. And I love working with Russell, too. As an actor, he is so engaged with the script and with the actors that he is working with. It’s really exciting to work with him.

Do you draw on your own experiences as a wife and a mother for a part like this?

Well, I think it’s inevitable that you do. Our circumstances bear no relation to one another, of course. So I’m not trying to do an ‘as if’ as it was me in that circumstance. That said, it’s inevitable, because being a mother is a huge part of what I do and who I am and everything is forged with that love that I have for my children and Naameh, in that regard, is the same. She is fiercely protective of her family. So I can draw on the love that I have and the fear of loss I have at a very gut level— and that’s where the emotions come from.

The film obviously uses a lot of CGI to recreate some of the more spectacular sequences with the flood. But Darren also built a lot of sets—you had a real ark for example — so how does that help you as an actor?

Having beautiful, amazing sets like that is an enormous help. When I went to see the set I’d never encountered anything like it. We weren’t using real animals in the film, and in the ark, we had these models and they were unbelievable. It was better than any natural history museum that I’ve ever been to. I took my kids to the set for a field trip.

You were working in some extreme conditions and obviously a lot of rain. Was it a physically demanding to shoot?

I think you pretty much sign on for that when you do a movie called Noah. There’s going to be water (laughs). We had to acclimatise to different temperatures. We started working in Iceland for the exteriors and it was summer, but I remember one scene we shot and Darren said ‘so Jennifer, when you come out of the tent, you kind of look like you are staggering..’ I said, ‘Darren, I am, it’s so windy I cannot stand up!’ While, we were shooting in summer on Long Island, all of us were drenched with sweat as it was very hot. So, we experienced different climatic conditions, but always there was lot of water (laughs).

Do you enjoy working more now, as the pressure is less?

I think so. I love what I do. It is a different experience. I think it’s easier as you get older to let certain things that aren’t as important fall away. The more films I have where I think I did something wrong or I handled something wrong, I can look back and say, ‘Well maybe I won’t do XYZ.’ Personally, I am much more settled. I am happy in my own life and somehow that’s a liberating feeling. I am engaged in my work in a deeper and less interrupted way.



Actress Patrice Wymore, widow of Errol Flynn, dies at age 87

Actress Patrice Wymore, the wife of late actor Errol Flynn, died after suffering from pulmonary disease. She was 87. Wymore passed away at her cattle ranch home in Portland, Jamaica, on March 22, said Robb Callahan, a representative of the Flynn family.
The tall blonde Kansas-born actress began her career on the Broadway stage, but met Flynn, who was best known for playing the daring romantic heri in the 1950 film, Rocky Mountain. The couple married in late 1950 in Nice, France, and had a daughter, Arnella. Flynn died in 1959. Wymore never remarried.
Wymore’s other notable roles included 1955’s King’s Rhapsody and 1960’s Ocean’s Eleven alongside Frank Sinatra, Dean
Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. She also appeared on TV shows including The Errol Flynn Theater in 1956, and in 1965’s Never Too Young. She retired from acting in 1970. The actress is survived by a grandson, actor Luke Flynn, the only son of her late daughter Arnella.

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