A Moment with Olivia Thirlby

I interviewed new “it” girl Olivia Thirlby when she was in Seattle promoting her new film The Wackness.

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Publicity photo of Olivia Thirlby

Olivia Thirlby was a veteran of a half-dozen indie features (most of them still unreleased) and a short-lived TV series (“Kidnapped”) when “Juno” exploded into the pop culture in 2007. The actor, now 21, had made her feature debut in a 2005 French-produced drama called “The Secret,” which comes out on DVD later this summer.

She was first seen in a small role in “United 93,” her third film. But it was her warm and vivid performance as Juno’s sunny best friend that made her an “overnight” success.

Excerpts of that interview was published by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer on Saturday in the “A Moment With…” featurette format.

On getting cast in “The Wackness”:

I think the reason I got “The Wackness” was that I knew in my heart that I was perfect for the role. … I just went in there and I felt like I really knew Stephanie.

On working with Kingsley in “The Wackness”:

Dr. Squires is such an unusual character in that he’s so pathetic and childlike in so many ways. Sir Ben and I discussed it a lot, because our relationship (he plays her stepfather) is only hinted at. He might not really be a father figure but she loves him very dearly. At the same time I think she pities him a little bit, I don’t think she really takes him seriously. … I don’t think she takes anything seriously.

On “Juno”:

These characters are almost make-believe, … but then they get put into these incredibly real, incredibly human situations and they react in incredibly human ways, and I think that’s what pulls you down to earth into the “Juno” world, which is so out there.

Read the complete piece here.

For a much more comprehensive interview, see the longer version that was subsequently published on GreenCine here.

Author: seanax

I write the weekly newspaper column Stream On Demand and the companion website (www.streamondemandathome.com). I'm a contributing writer for Turner Classic Movies Online, Keyframe, Independent Lens, and Cinephiled, and the editor of Parallax View (www.parallax-view.org).. I've written for The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Seattle Weekly, GreenCine.com, Senses of Cinema, Asian Cult Cinema, and Psychotronic Video, among other publications, and I am a contributing editor to Parallax View. I currently live and work in Seattle, Washington, with my two cats, Hammet and Chandler.

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