Evan Rachel Wood stars in ’The Ides of March’, a new political drama co-written and directed by George Clooney.
Clooney plays an ethically-challenged governor who’s running for president, when his affair with a young intern (Evan Rachel Wood) compromises his campaign.
“Ides of March” wowed critics and fans at festivals in September, and even though Clooney tops marquees and Ryan Gosling is the key character, the plot truly revolves around the intern Molly, portrayed by Wood.
The actress, 24, who has starred in films such as “The Wrestler” and on TV’s “True Blood,” spoke with Reuters about “Ides” and working Clooney and Gosling.
Q: Molly’s father is a big political figure and she’s this very complicated mix of maturity and naivete, isn’t she?
A: “Exactly, and one of my favorite characters ever. She’s grown up in this political world around men, so she’s not intimidated by any of them, and she throws them all off their game. She’s very cool, collected and witty, but underneath she’s still young, barely 20, and gets in way over her head.
Q: How much of you is in her?
A: “A lot. We’re very similar. I grew up in a very male-dominated world too. I always feel like one of the guys and very un-intimidated too.”
Q: Any surprises working with George?
A: “It was my first time, and he’s just what you’d expect — or better, really. He’s very easy going, easy to work with, and all about making a great film but also making it a great experience. He really takes care of everyone.”
Q: Ryan Gosling seems perfectly cast as the spokesman.
A: “You couldn’t ask for a better leading man. We hung out a lot in rehearsals and laughed a lot, so by the time we began shooting it we knew each other quite well. Playing opposite him is like playing a great tennis player. He’s got great rhythm.”
Q: You come from an acting family and have been in the business since you were five. Was there ever a time when you felt, ‘What I really want to do is be a truck driver,’ or did acting feel almost predestined?
A: (Laughs) “It kind of felt predestined and it’s something I’ve always done. I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t acting. I have taken time off to figure out if it’s what I really want to do, and it is. The only other job I’d want is to be a psychologist, as I spend most of my time analyzing people and emotions. They’re kind of similar professions in that regard, but acting’s more fun.”
‘Ides of March’ opens this Friday.
Source, PICS: Evan Rachel Wood arriving at her NYC hotel this morning.
Posted Wednesday, October 5th, 2011 at 7:07am
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