About I Am The Night: From executive producer Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman), I Am the Night tells the incredible story of Fauna Hodel (India Eisley) who was given away at birth. As Fauna begins to investigate the secrets to her past, she follows a sinister trail that swirls ever closer to an infamous Hollywood gynecologist, Dr. George Hodel (Jefferson Mays), a man involved in the darkest Hollywood debauchery. Chris Pine plays Jay Singletary, a former Marine-turned-hack-reporter/paparazzo.
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On “Heart, Baby!” how did you prepare to play Crystal? And more in general, do you follow some precise steps when approaching a character or is every time completely different?
Every role is different and each one requires it’s own amount of time to prepare. So much of what I do as an actor is in the moment. It’s done on the day. I can’t plan a moment or how I’m going to say a specific line, but I can discover who I am as the person I’m portraying. For me, it’s about finding as much freedom from tension as possible. Preparing for the role of Crystal in “Heart, Baby!” was probably the most difficult and insane thing I’ve ever done. I worked on the role for over 6 months before we even started filming. In order to fully embrace her complex female identity, I did everything I could to understand what it was like to walk in the shoes of a woman trapped inside a man’s body. I started my process by interviewing several of my trans friends and people who knew Crystal to better understand her struggles and points of view on life, faith and love. It was from there that I built the foundation of Crystal. I worked with members of the acting and movement faculty at my alma mater, The Hartt School; I learned etiquette, poise and walking techniques from a former Miss America; I practiced female vocalization daily; and studied privately with the famed acting guru, Larry Moss. I immersed myself so completely into the role that I even went as far as changing my physical appearance with hair and eyelash extensions, growing my nails for 6 months, and working with a fitness coach to lose over 25 pounds. I even feminized some of my facial features with cosmetic procedures.
“…the most difficult and insane thing I’ve ever done.”
“I lived my life as a woman through the majority of the process.”
I lived my life as a woman through the majority of the process. I wanted to be as relaxed as possible when it came time to film. I didn’t want to be some actor playing Crystal, I wanted to embody Crystal as freely and fully as I embody myself. That being said, Crystal truly came to life thanks to the talents of many people, including, Robin Matthews, the Academy Award-winning master of make-up, Yolanda Mercadel, the diva of hair, Claire Breaux, costume designer extraordinaire, as well as their respective teams. My time living as Crystal left me both amazed and appalled. I came to some profound realizations regarding gender identification, gender expression, and society’s biased views towards transwomen. I experienced a remarkable liberation from the ways I had previously defined myself… but I also got a shocking glimpse at the discrimination, objectification, degradation, solitude and danger that all women face on a day-to-day basis. I hope the time and dedication I gave to this role brings some awareness to these issues.
In what way, if any, does it feel different to be part of a project that brings to screen something that has really happened?
It’s an honor, to say the least, but it’s different than other projects because of the responsibility you have to the people who lived it. My job was to honor Crystal and all of the men and women who lived this story. Any pain or discomfort I may have experienced in the process pales in comparison to anything she or her fellow inmates experienced.
If you could describe “Heart, Baby!” in just one world, what would it be?
From Deadline Hollywood:
KATE BOSWORTH AND MICHAEL POLISH’S NONA LANDS DISTRIBUTION DEAL WITH “NORTH OF TWO”
EXCLUSIVE: North of Two has acquired distribution rights Kate Bosworth and Michael Polish’s feature Nona which has been making the festival rounds. The film, which puts a face to Central America’s sex trafficking industry, was produced under the couple’s Make Pictures Productions. It will be released theatrically this fall.
Nona tells the story of a girl from Honduras who meets a charming boy, Hecho who promises to get her safely to America to reunite with her mother. Instead, Nona faces a perilous journey when he doesn’t deliver on that promise. Nona — short for No Name — will deliver a message to change the way the world is dealing with sex trafficking.
“All of our “North of Two” filmmakers define the spirit, determination and grit that living North of Two means,” said CEO Mark Cartier. “Both Kate and Michael have created something beautiful with NONA that goes beyond the typical film experience. It embodies everything “North of Two” is about and we are excited about this new partnership.”
“Michael and I are devoted to Nona, and we feel the subject matter is more crucial than ever. After reviewing numerous offers, it became clear that there was no better choice than North of Two. Their experience, passion, and renegade spirit mirrors how we made the movie. We have met our match,” said Bosworth.
Further solidifying this partnership, North of Two supports female filmmakers and diversity, helping to bring stories to life on more than one level. The company recently financed the completion Adolescence directed by Ashley Avis (who is the writer/director for the Black Beauty remake).
North of Two also recently partnered with writer, director, producer Angela Shelton, and completed the financing of Heart Baby!, in prep for theatrical release and international sales. Before the ink was dry on her first feature, North of Two produced, financed and are now distributing her second feature, The Eagle and the Albatross. North of Two has already signed on for her next two features and a TV series.
Bosworth will next be seen in MGM’s post-apocalyptic drama The Domestics June 28, 2018. She most recently starred in National Geographic series The Long Road Home and seasons 1 and 2 of Sony/Crackle’s The Art of More opposite Dennis Quaid. She is repped by CAA, Management 360 and Morris Yorn Barnes & Levine.
Polish’s recent credits include the Jack Kerouac adaptation of Big Sur and 90 Minutes in Heaven, both starring Bosworth. He is repped by Management Production Entertainment and Morris Yorn Barnes & Levine.
Congratulations to Edwin Stevens for winning BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY for our latest film HUNTING LANDS! Here he is with #theboss Mark Cartier celebrating winning and signing with North of Two. We LOVE our filmmaking family!