Variety – Amanda Seyfried (“Mank”) and Vanessa Kirby (“Pieces of a Woman”) sat down for a virtual chat for Variety‘s Actors on Actors, presented by Amazon Studios.
Vanessa Kirby: So did you do loads of Marion Davies research? Did you watch all her stuff? Because it’s weird playing a real person, isn’t it?
Amanda Seyfried: You had incredible scripts, working in “The Crown” — I can’t imagine playing that role. The writing was incredible, and I had the same quality of writing in this. I’m getting a lot from the writing, of course, and that’s where you start. Then I just had to watch a lot of her movies, to feel her — to feel like I’m in the room with her a little more. There was an autobiography that is hilarious, taken from memories. She had been interviewed much later in life, about a decade before she died, and it was just her recalling her life, which is amazing. She clearly had a good time.
You collect all these things, as much as you can find. And then you’re like, “Let’s pull the essence out of it.”
How much time did you have with all these scenes?
Kirby: For example, with the birth, we knew that we only had two days to maybe try and remotely even get it right. And we knew we all wanted to do one continuous take.
Seyfried: You had two days to shoot a 30-minute continuous take of a birth, which felt the realest I’ve ever seen? I feel like I’ve given birth in a couple movies — it is impossible to make that feel real, look real, anything. It’s so hard to do, and you nailed it. How? I want to know how.