The press during ‘Emanuel’ has been pretty great, the journalists are asking the right questions and giving us fans some really interesting insight on the process of Jesse’s acting and her casting in the film. Read the interview below:
HANNAH GHORASHI: When the film debuted at Sundance last year, it was as Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes. How did the title of the film get changed?
BIEL: I don’t quite know. I think it was too long. I really liked that title. I thought it was really provocative—Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes.
GHORASHI: I liked the whole water theme, too, because it seemed really maternal, or womb-like.
BIEL: Yeah, me too.
GHORASHI: How did you envision the character of Linda playing out? At the beginning of the film, she seems very sane. Maybe the first time I thought there was something slightly off about her was when she told Emanuel to put her glass in the sink, a bit redundantly. How did you reconcile Linda’s being so normal with believing a doll is her baby?
BIEL: This is the ongoing question. You know how great villains just believe in what they’re doing? In their minds they’re not villains, they’re not doing anything wrong; they’re just self-righteous in their dedication to their cause. And that’s kind of the way I felt about Linda. This woman has had a traumatic reality break. Her brain is protecting her from the pain that she is experiencing, the emotional and physical pain that she is experiencing. She blames herself for what happened to her child. Is she crazy? I don’t know what the definition of crazy is. She can function in a social experience, in a private experience, but this is something that she truly believes in at this moment. She’s protecting herself. People have told me, “Oh my god, you’re playing a crazy person.” And I don’t see it that way. In my mind, she’s not a crazy person. She’s just—you believe her. She’s like any great villain.
Whoo hooo!!!!!! ‘The Truth About Emanuel‘ is officially playing in select cities! Check out the participating theaters below:
Village East Cinema – (New York, NY)
Los Feliz 3 – (Los Angeles, CA)
Laemmle Royal – (Los Angeles, CA)
Reading Gaslamp – (San Diego, CA)
AMC Cherry Hill – (Philadelphia, PA)
AMC Eden Prairie – (Minneapolis, MN)
AMC Highlands Ranch – (Denver, CO)
AMC Sunset Place – (South Miami, FL)
AMC Grapevine – (Dallas, TX)
AMC Gulf Pointe – (Houston, TX)
Harkins Shea 14 – (Scottsdale, AZ)
I really hope every Jesse fans get’s a chance to see this, and if you get to see it in theaters, DO IT. The music, the look, everything is just that much better in a theater. I have added three new promotional stills of Jess to celebrate the release, check them out here!
Send us your review of the film for our “Fan Review” post that will be coming up!
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!