Do you do your own research on your character for the film?
“I watched a lot of the Kardashians, I watched Paris Hilton,
The Hills, and then really it was trying to understand her psychology. It could be very easy to get into a parody and somehow not understand and empathize with her, and that was really my biggest challenge. And getting the accent down to the specific dialect.”
How do you see her? Would you want to be friends?
“I think it was an extraordinary set of circumstances. Her sister is her best friend, she has this very kind of insular experience. Nothing can go wrong, so I think there’s a certain extent to which it didn’t feel like it was real.”
And what are your thoughts on reality TV?
How does the Internet alter the way we define ourselves?
Do you think our culture has become too celebrity obsessed?
Figures show the number of speaking parts for women in Hollywood has dropped. What are your views on the presence of women in the film industry?
“From what I’m seeing, young women are at the helm of most of the franchises that are coming out, the big Hollywood blockbuster pictures, and also forging a new way in comedy. Bridesmaids was the biggest comedy hit last year and Rebel Wilson is hosting the MTV Awards. From what I can see, I think it’s actually a great time. I think there’s still a way to have perfect equality throughout the industry, but we are moving in a really great direction.”
And it looks as if you have finally left Harry Potter behind.
Can you talk about being in Cannes? What makes this festival so special?
“The impression that I get from being at Cannes is that everyone here takes films so seriously and in the most charming way. So, it’s really an amazing environment to be in for someone who loves films.”
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