Jesse talked with Collider about “The Truth About Emanuel,” working with Kaya, “Nailed“, and “The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea” and it’s one of my favorite interviews in quite some time! They asked questions Jesse fans would be interested in, which isn’t always the case. Good job Collider! Read the interview below:
From writer/director Francesca Gregorini, the indie drama The Truth About Emanuel tells the story of the troubled Emanuel (Kaya Scodelario), who becomes preoccupied with her mysterious new neighbor, Linda (Jessica Biel). In offering to babysit her newborn, Emanuel unwittingly enters a world that blurs the line of fantasy and reality, and shows just how dangerous secrets can be.
During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Jessica Biel talked about how she got involved with this film, her audition process for the role, playing a character with such a delicate mental state, how much she enjoyed working with co-star Kaya Scodelario, and how this experience helped her to become more confident in her own instincts. She also talked about what attracts her to a project, the heartbreaking journey that she’s gone through with the David O. Russell film Nailed, that never got finished or released, her hopes that The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea will go into production soon, and that if the right thing came up, she would definitely consider returning to television.
How did you come to be a part of this?
JESSICA BIEL: The script was given to me, I took a read, and it was just one of those scripts where I finished it and I said to myself, “I have to do this. I don’t care how. I don’t care who’s in it. I don’t care who’s directing it. I have to do it.” I called my representation and said, “I don’t care what you have to do to get me this movie, but I have to do this part. I don’t know why, but I feel empathy towards this person.” I’m fascinated about how the human brain handles trauma and grief and guilt, and that’s what I feel this character is experiencing. The guilt of what happened to her child and how it manifested into her life, and how she has this relationship with this younger girl, who’s also, in her own way, experiencing guilt and shame, in regard to her experience with her mother, is how these two odd people connect with each other. So, I just auditioned for it, and I got it. It’s as simple as that.
This is pretty adorable, kudos JT.
After winning the awards for Favorite Album, Male Artist, and R&B Artist, Justin did his thank yous and mentioned Jesse:
“I’d like to thank my wife for teaching me patience and the little things like just putting the dishes in the dishwasher, it goes a long way. Fellas, you’re welcome.”
Congrats to Justin on his wins and you can check out the video below!
With the theatrical release for “The Truth About Emanuel” happening in a couple days, the cast has talked with several press outlets to promote the film. Yesterday, The Daily Beast released their interview with Jessica where they discussed everything from “The Truth About Emanuel” to Justin.
Well Jess wasn’t the only one to talk to the media, Director Francesca Gregorini sat down with Yahoo! and had some great things to say about Jess:
“With Jessie, she read the script and wanted to meet me about it. I wasn’t sure if she was going to be right for the part because I hadn’t seen her do this kind of work in her other films. But I was more than happy to meet with her. She told me she was willing to audition for the role, because that’s how much she wanted it. So that’s what we did; she came in and auditioned and blew me away. She really was a revelation to me, and I think she’s also going to be a revelation to audiences, because she does a phenomenal job in the film. No one’s seen her do this kind of work before, which is awesome.”
This was Kaya’s first American film and she was a bit intimidated about working with someone of Jesse’s stature, but went onto say:
“From the second I met Jessica, she was a normal person, she has no airs or graces about her and she’s extremely professional. She connected with me, She Gave me advice, made sure I wasn’t feeling lonely. She was wonderful.”
It’s cool to hear the ladies all got along so well.. Not always the case on a film set! “The Truth About Emanuel” hits theaters this Friday, January 10th!
It’s been a moment (a year, actually) since Jesse has sat down and given an interview, but recently she talked with Marlow Stern of The Daily Beast to discuss “The Truth About Emanuel,” Justin Timberlake, and life.
Jessica Biel opens up about her bizarre role as an unstable mom in The Truth About Emanuel, life as Mrs. Timberlake, and her heartbreak over a sidelined David O. Russell film.
Jessica Biel has played some far-out characters in her day, from a teen nympho in The Rules of Attraction to a turn-of-the-century duchess caught between a prince and a magician in The Illusionist. But this is by far her most peculiar role yet.
In The Truth About Emanuel, in theaters Jan. 10, Biel plays Linda, a mysterious woman who moves in next door to a tortured teen, Emanuel (Kaya Scoledario), who still blames herself for her mother’s death during childbirth. Emanuel finds herself drawn to Linda, who resembles her dead mother, and agrees to babysit her newborn child. However, she soon discovers that Linda is a mentally unstable woman who believes a baby doll is a flesh-and-blood child. As the troubled Linda, Biel delivers one of the more fascinating performances of her career, and the film as a whole resembles a more surreal and horrifying version of Lars and the Real Girl.
Biel spoke to The Daily Beast about her new film, the secrets to making her relationship with husband Justin Timberlake work, and much more.
The first time I saw The Truth About Emanuel was at Sundance last year, and it was called Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes back then. But what drew you to this strange character—a mentally ill woman caring for a baby doll?
The mental state of this person, the trauma that this person has gone through, and what the brain does to the body when you experience a traumatic thing in your life was interesting to explore. I’ve never experienced anything remotely like this woman has experienced. It’s a snap in the brain, and the protective quality of the human brain is very fascinating.
I get so excited anytime there is anything “new” on “Nailed,” and here we have a photo of Jesse and James Marsden on set of the troubled project.
In the shot we can see Alice on a hospital bed while boyfriend Scott stands beside her. This is not a production still but rather a “marker” photo, meaning they use it to compare the positions of certain things to make two takes seamless encase they need to be pieced together.
Here’s to hoping “Nailed“ gets a 2014 release!