Indiewire has published a great interview with Jessica about A Most Violent Year:
So often in the crime drama, female characters are relegated to these smaller, secondary roles. But your character here is much more than that. Can you talk about building a figure that is actually much greater than the usual moll or femme fatale?
A lot of credit goes to J.C. [Chandor], the writer. When he first sent me the script, the thing I said to him was, “You know what? I just have this idea for her, for what you wrote. Of course, I’m sure you’ve never thought about this. To me, she feels like Dick Cheney. I’d love to explore that more with her.” I love the idea that, in this film, you underestimate her. It’s fun playing a character that is underestimated. You see her putting makeup on, you think, “Okay, this is the ‘wife’ of this crime thriller.” But then you realize, “Oh, no, she’s a lot more than that.”
One of the interesting things about that misconception is that it plays a lot into the gender politics between her and Oscar Isaac’s character. What do you think that element of the film reflects about 1981, or about today?
Well, in 1981, it was absolutely a man’s world in New York City. You feel some change coming to the world, because you have the granddaughter [Annie Funke] starting to take control of the other heating oil business. But for sure when Anna — in 1970, maybe? — when her father gave the company to her husband… in 1970 in New York City, it wouldn’t have been very common for a woman to run that business. Thank God we’ve gone forward! Of course I don’t think we’ve gone far enough, and we have some ways to go, but J.C. shows the sexism in it. She’s a woman, she’s very smart, and she realizes she needs to use what tools she has when she can. And that even means when she’s going to the bankers’ dinner, she’s going to wear a very revealing dress, because that is her tool in a man’s world. I think he’s a very smart writer, J.C. His brain is crazy!
In developing your character, were there any specific influences from crime fiction, or elsewhere? Of course there’s the staple: Lady Macbeth.
It’s interesting. A lot of people mention Lady Macbeth because she’s the go-to when you think of a strong female character with a husband. But the problem with that is that Lady Macbeth goes crazy. Anna doesn’t. Anna is very comfortable doing what she’s doing. And she has no qualms about it! She has no regrets. She actually feels that’s the way things need to be done. So that is the difference. I can say yes to Lady Macbeth in that she is a woman who is inspiring her husband to be larger and bigger than he even thinks is possible. He’s her king. But she never regrets what she does.
What’s interesting is that in a movie filled with physically large, gun-wielding men, your character is the most intimidating character in the film. I don’t know if you consider yourself an intimidating person—
Oh, I hope not! [Laughs]
Read the full interview on Indiewire.
— Critics' Choice (@CriticsChoice) December 13, 2014
Jessica, alongside Kevin Costner and Ron Howard, will receive special awards at the 20th Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association, which hosts the event, announced on Friday. The honors were determined by the BFCA’s executive committee and will be presented during the Critics’ Choice Awards ceremony on Jan. 15. A&E will broadcast the awards nationally.
She will receive the first-ever Critics’ Choice MVP Award in recognition of the breadth of her accomplishments in 2014, which include outstanding leading performances in Ned Benson’s The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them and Liv Ullmann’s Miss Julie and supporting performances in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar and J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year. The honor will annually celebrate “one extraordinary actor for his/her standout work in several movies throughout a single year.”
The nominees for the Critics’ Choice Awards will be announced on Dec. 15.
The nominees for the 72nd annual Golden Globe awards were announced on Thursday morning, and once again Jessica received a nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a motion picture for her work on A Most Violent Year! She share the category with fellow nominees Keira Knightley, Patricia Arquette, Emma Stone and Meryl Streep.
She released a short statement on her twitter after hearing about her nomination:
Today is a great day! Thank you so much to the HFPA for this tremendous honor. It was an absolute pleasure working with J.C. Chandor and my dear dear friend Oscar Isaac on this special film. I’m thrilled to see the work we did together honored. #AMostViolentYear #GoldenGlobes.
Hans Zimmer also received a nomination for Best Original Score, for Interstellar.
The 72nd Golden Globe Awards will be held in Beverly Hills on January 11, 2015
Added the full Jessica editorial on January issue of InStyle. For subscribers the issue is available already, and for everyone else, you can find it on stands and for digital access next Friday (12).
Thanks so much to Ali of eddieredmayne.net for sending the scans on our way.
Refinery 29 has posted a cute video interview of Jessica talking about Anna and her fashion choices, during the Armani/Yahoo Style event – and you can find it already in our archive.
Anna is a woman who has recently come into a lot of wealth and definitely wants to be able to walk into a room and be the best-dressed woman in the room… She’s thought about it and she’s chosen to only wear Armani for people around her.
On last December 8, Jessica (joined by boyfriend Gian Lucca and co-star Oscar Isaac) attended at the Armani Ristorante in NYC a lunch and viewing of A Most Violent Year’s costumes – made by Armani and hosted by Yahoo Style’s Joe Zee.
Thanks to my friend Haylie, we now have pictures of the event added:
Variety has published the full video for the ‘Variety Actors on Actors’ series, in which two actors was set to candid chat about their careers. Jessica was paired with Mark Ruffalo and during the week the magazine is teasing us with some bits of the interviews.
The interview will air on PBS SoCal on Dec. 28 as a part of the Variety Studio: Actors on Actors series and on PBS stations nationally beginning in January; check local listings.