Paul Wesley and Emmy Rossum, stars of Before I Disappear, spoke to Uinterview about Rossum’s first time in Austin and Wesley’s most memorable experience on set.

Before I Disappear premiered at SXSW on Monday, March 10, and is writer/director/star Shawn Christensen’s first feature film – it is based off his Oscar-winning short film Curfew. In the film, Rossum (Shameless) plays Maggie, a young mother who asks her estranged and depressed brother, Richie (Christensen) to watch her daughter for a few hours. Wesley (The Vampire Diaries) plays Gideon, a character entangled in Richie’s rocky life.

Wesley and Rossum spoke to Uinterview outside the premiere after-party, where they mingled with guests and listened to a playlist curated by Christensen containing music from the film as well as music that inspired it.

Emmy Rossum and Paul Wesley attend the Before I Disappear after party at Supper Suite by STK with Blue Moon Brewing on Monday, March 10. (Photo Credit: Darren Abate, AP/Invision)

Wesley told Uinterview that his character does a lot of cocaine in the film, which made for interesting days on set.

“My character does a lot of cocaine in the movie and I was snorting Vitamin D, I think, and I had to take a 45 minute break because I snorted so much of it that I almost passed out. Vitamin D,” Wesley said.

“OD on Vitamin D,” added Rossum.

This marked Rossum’s first trip to SXSW and her first time in Austin, she revealed to Uinterview.

“The food is awful, the people aren’t nice,” joked Rossum.

Rossum told Uinterview that she loved Austin and was so impressed with all the events and aspects of the SXSW festival that she almost wished she could attend the festival just as a visitor, not as an actor promoting a film.

“I love it, I wish I was here as a spectator and could, like, check out apps and music, but having a film here is great too,” Rossum said, more seriously.

Before I Disappear also stars Fatima Ptacek, Richard Schiff (The West Wing) and Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy) and will have its last screening at SXSW Friday, March 14 at 4:15 p.m. at the Stateside Theatre.

Olivia Truffaut-Wong

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