Anne Hathaway recalls being asked “Are you a good girl or a bad girl” – The Hollywood Reporter
Standing on the big stage inside Park City’s Eccles Theater on Saturday night, Anne Hathaway took up the microphone during a brief Q&A session following the world premiere of her new film, Eileen.
After saying how honored she was to be in William Oldroyd’s film alongside Thomasin McKenzie, Shea Whigham, Marin Ireland and Owen Teague, the Oscar winner issued a polite apology if what she was about to say became “an unpleasant headline.”
Hopefully she won’t get too upset when, in fact, her comments have turned into a story but what she says needs to be followed up. Hathaway explains that her path to working with Oldroyd on Eileen started when she saw his 2016 period work Lady Macbeth starring Florence Pugh. “I think it is an extraordinary job. I watched a study on the complexity of women that impacted me really, really deeply, and I feel Will is a reliable filmmaker to tell complex stories, especially about women. female.”
His skills mean a lot because Hathaway says she “just remembers one of the first questions I was ever asked when I started acting, which means, you know, when I have to do journalism, is, ‘Are you a good actor? girl or bad girl?’ I’m 16 years old and my 16 year old self wants to respond with this movie. Although I didn’t know it when I read the script, I think a part of me was hopeful at this exact moment.”
Based on the book of the same name by Ottessa Moshfegh and adapted by Luke Goebel, Eileen tells the story of an exceptional young woman whose dreary life stretched to the point of unending misery. In the cold 1960s Boston, Eileen (McKenzie) trudges between her father’s haunted emotional home and the prison where she works along with colleagues who have ostracized her. When a drunk woman (Hathaway) joined the staff, Eileen was arrested. Just as the possibility of a saving friendship (or possibly more) takes hold and forms a single spark in Eileen’s darkness, her new soulmate is entangled in a terrifying crime. King.
And what a moment it was. Audiences inside Eccles reported hearing gasps as the film took dark and unexpected turns. Initial response on Twitter has been overwhelmingly positive for the film seeking distribution in Park City.
See below for feedback from inside tonight’s world premiere.