New Taylor Schilling interview with The Hollywood Reporter

New Taylor Schilling interview with The Hollywood Reporter

From THR

What attracted you to this role and how do you view Anna St. Blair?

I felt like she was on such a clear track. She knew so clearly what she wanted, and there was something really attractive about that. She’s also brilliant, so there were always two things happening. I thought of her as a bit of an addict needing to get her fix and there was a specific recipe of being dominated and then dominating that she needed to experience to be able to go on with her life. And that interested me.

Take Me is largely made up of intimate scenes between you and Pat Healy. Did you two improvise and did any of your many physical scenes provide for on-set comedy? 

The scene we improvised a lot was the key scene. There is a part where Ray swallows a car key whole [in an attempt to keep Anna from escaping], and it was just so gross and so awful. We made up a lot of that scene, because it was just so disgusting, and they left it all in. But there were a lot of scenes where we ended up in fits of laughter. There’s this part where I throw a bar of soap at him and I’m supposed to keep hitting him very hard. Everybody thought I was going to miss and we wouldn’t have to worry about it, but I didn’t miss. I’m a good aim. So I kept nailing him in the face and I thought that was pretty funny. He was fine, but that was pretty wild. I underestimated my abilities.

How do you compare Anna to your starring character on Orange Is the New Black, Piper Chapman?

The manipulative aspect of Anna does seem similar to Piper, there’s a manipulation that they both are doing. But I really saw them as two separate entities. They are different in a lot of ways. What happens here is that Anna believes both she and Ray are in on the game. Whereas with Piper, nobody is in on the game (laughing).

Piper’s big flaw is that she constantly makes herself a victim of scenarios. Meanwhile Anna shatters the damsel-in-distress trope. How did it feel to switch to playing Anna, who appears to be so in charge?

I had so much fun playing Anna. Like most indie movies, we shot it really quickly. It was one of the quickest shoots I have ever been on because it somehow just soared. It was really fun to play something where she was always in the game, but then there was this other track and two parallel lives of both of them enjoying playing the game so much and getting a kick out of it. And for Anna, not knowing that she was completely manipulating Ray. In her mind, she just thought he was playing the game really f—ing well. There’s nothing about her that’s sinister or evil, because she really thinks she’s finally met her match. Someone who can bring the tears and the blood and be so involved. Filming this movie was sheer pleasure. When you make movies — particularly with the Duplasses, who I love — it’s about nothing other than enjoying making the film. It’s not about the money or the luxury of it and it then leaves space to just play. It felt like camp for a little while or something.

You recently wrapped your next indie movie, Fam-i-lySince you have to be selective and film between seasons of Orange, why this role and movie? 

I just finished shooting it and I’m so excited about that movie. Filming that movie felt like filming on the first days of Orange. This was the only other experience I’ve had on camera where it felt like that first season and just like lightening in a bottle a little bit. Where you don’t hear peoples’ reactions to it and are just in your own bubble, almost like a fantasy land, because the outside doesn’t exist yet. There’s no commentary on it. It’s like first falling in love where you think, “Oh, there’s this about you and that about you.” That’s sort of what Fam-i-ly felt like. We all had so much fun filming and believe in the material so much.

You gained weight to play Kate, who is described as a binge-eater. Was this the first time you transformed your body for a role?

Yes. It was so fun. Everything about it. She is an interesting kind of broken, sad woman, but also really funny. It’s another really funny movie. She’s very different than Anna in Take Me. She’s a piece of work, an interesting woman who is taking care of her 12-year-old niece for a couple weeks and who helps her through a time in her life where she has gender issues and really feels uncomfortable in herself. And they bond over that.

What can we expect from the new season of Orange (on Netflix June 9) and how does this season taking place over three days continue to raise the stakes?

In prison, the real stakes of your life are so heightened, it’s as heightened as It can be because your life is falling apart. But the collective stakes for the first time are heightened. Where everyone is dealing with the same crisis and has the same issue and in that, it’s really interesting to see alliances come together and what parts of people come to shine. It’s very cool to have everybody on the same mission together. There are some scenes where we’re all together [like last season’s death scene], but this season still breaks it up a bit with all the characters.

 

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New Taylor Schilling interview with Metro

Here’s a new Taylor Schilling interview with Metro

From Metro

Taylor Schilling doesn’t have a lot of time off. She spends a good part of her year shooting “Orange is the New Black,” which is about to start its fifth season. But sometimes she squeezes in a film between seasons. One was “The Overnight.” Her latest is “Take Me,” a small, very funny indie. Pat Healy (who also directed) plays an entrepreneur with a bizarre business: He loans himself out to people who want to be kidnapped, who see it as some form of therapy. Schilling plays his latest client/victim. But as the job goes awry, it becomes clear that she’s not being entirely honest with him.

Still — and no slight on the film, which you should watch and in which both Schilling and Healy are great — we didn’t get around to the film till our brief time was almost up. We walked in as the actress, 32, was nursing a salad. So we wound up talking food.

How’s your salad?
It’s good. I dunno, I’m simple. I’ve got very plebeian tastes. I don’t care. I’m not a foodie.

No?
No. I really wish I was more of a food connoisseur. I eat eggs, and chicken, and cereal. I eat like a two-year-old a lot of the time. Or a grandmother. I’ll have steamed asparagus and a piece of fish.

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New interview of Taylor Schilling with InStyle

Here’s a new interview of Taylor Schilling with InStyle

From InStyle

Taylor Schilling limps into the IWC Schaffhausen boutique in Midtown Manhattan with the determination befitting an actress who’s trafficked a suitcase full of drug money and run a panty-smuggling ring (onscreen, of course). She’s here during the Tribeca Film Festival as an ambassador for the Swiss luxury watch brand, which is sponsoring the annual event for the fifth year in a row. “When I was growing up, I knew nothing about watches,” she said yesterday afternoon, resting her foot on the floor. “Now that I’m an adult, I notice how everyone has their own expertise. It’s like wine and cars!” Here, Schilling gets candid about her recent injury, her two upcoming films, indie comedy Fam-i-ly and the Duplass brothers-produced Take Me—premiering at the festival on April 25—and the new season of Orange Is the New Black.

First off, what happened to your ankle?

I just finished filming this movie, Fam-i-ly, in Atlanta, and I tried to do a move and my ankle inverted. I don’t do my own stunts—it was a one-off. I’m really in fighting form right now. [Laughs]

Tell us about the new role.

It’s a dark comedy. I actually put on 15 pounds to play the part. Like every woman I know, I have a very complicated relationship with food. The movie really deals with that topic, so it felt really important to me to [put on the weight]. It’s not as challenging as you think it would be. Now I understand why people enjoy french fries. Like, I get it. I’m with you. Reubens were my go-to for this one, though. It’s just what I wanted to eat. If you eat a Reuben, you’re pretty much set.

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