Juno Temple On ‘Magic Magic,’ Michael Cera
Juno Temple stars alongside Michael Cera in the dark thriller Magic Magic directed by Sebastian Silva, in which she portrays a disturbed young woman losing touch with reality while vacationing in Chile.
Temple, seduced by the unpredictability of the script, found it a great challenge to portray a character with such deep issues. “She’s in a place where she can’t relate to anyone or anything around her even nature becomes her worst enemy and I wanted to do that you know I wanted to challenge myself and I think it was an important, important thing because I felt like everything around the idea was so perfect,” Temple told uInterview in an exclusive interview.
Temple, who worked previously with Cera on the 2009 comedy Year One, had nothing but praise for his performance in Magic Magic. “I just think his performance in that moment is extraordinary because you see this character all the way through and he has a moment of just vulnerability on another level,” she told Uinterview. “I love him in it.”
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I mean I think, genuinely I couldn't put the script down it was this weird psychological thriller that I didn't know where it was going I didn't know what the next page was going to bring. I think the idea of having these unpredictable characters that are literally just driving each other nuts. And just the way the characters were just so beautifully interwoven and what was happening between all of them. Each character is going through their own kind of complete meltdown separately you know and the idea of playing this girl was something that was really important to me. I felt it was such a tragic tale for her cause she's so lost in what's happening in this madness that's just unraveling for her in this sort of reality and this confusion and utter terror you know â of not knowing who she is anymore. She's in a place where she can't relate to anyone or anything around her even nature becomes her worst enemy and I wanted to do that, you know, I wanted to challenge myself and I think it was an important, important thing because I felt like everything around it was so perfect with the idea of actually being in southern Chile, and the idea of being around people who speak Spanish, and working with Sebastian [Silva], who is just I think one of the most exciting young directors out right now and also just an incredibly inspiring person to work with and also you know to be reuniting with Michael [Cera] was just a great thing, and also the bravery of him with this role was a really inspiring thing and I think we really had a lot of fun making it [laughs] but it was I felt like a really safe place to let go and really allow yourself to kind of lose your mind.
Actually my favorite scene in the movie hands down is, it's towards the end it's a moment where Alicia completely snaps, and she's there in this little cabin. She's been force fed these pills and everything and then Brink, Michaels character, walks in and really realizes what's going on and realizes that this is much bigger than he can possibly fathom you know, and I just think his performance in that moment is extraordinary because you see this character all the way through and he has a moment of just vulnerability on another level. I love him in it but what's genius about his character too is that it brings just a little bit of comedy - which I think is important. It makes you feel for him as well as feel kind of disgusted and I think it's the same for all the characters, they all have these moments where you so want to reach out and help them. They have moments where you just want to push them away as far as possible.
Talked a lot about what illness it was going be and schizophrenia was what we kind of most signed to with what she was going to it was so about a lot of reality and ... read a lot about that and took also. Each scene in its own way because I think that's the great thing with Alicia Each scene is a very palpable moment for her each scene is very different she's very, very different in each moment because she's really - losing touch with who she is. And... I think the main thing for me was allowing myself to be open and not being afraid to just go for it.
I have a film called ‘Afternoon Delight’ coming out directed by this amazing female director Jill Soloway along with one of my favorite women ever Kathryn Hahn and then a film I did called Horns which is an Alex Aja movie with Daniel Radcliffe, and then in 2014 Maleficent, so it’s exciting.
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