The stunning Mia Wasikowska covers the latest issue of Elle Canada (September 2014 issue)! Check out the beautiful photos and her interview below.
Mia Wasikowska is quietly dunking her Earl Grey tea bag, still a little jet-lagged after her flight to New York from her native Australia. She has one arm folded protectively around her waist in a way that makes her seem as vulnerable as her doe-eyed character in Alice in Wonderland, her 2010 breakout film.
Unlike the brooding women Wasikowska has em-bodied on film—a tortured gymnast in In Treatment; Jane Eyre, opposite Michael Fassbender; the insouciant object of affection of real-life boyfriend Jesse Eisenberg in The Double—the actress has a stillness that is often broken by a childlike grin, like the sun peeking through clouds. The intriguing dichotomy of quiet wit and sudden warmth has helped Wasikowska, 24, carve out a niche as one of Hollywood’s most exciting rising stars. In David Cronenberg’s latest social satire, Maps to the Stars —which premiered to raves at Cannes and is poised to rule at the Toronto International Film Festival this month — Wasikowska plays a scarred pyromaniac who gets a gig as an assistant to an unhinged Hollywood star (Julianne Moore) and befriends a limo driver (Robert Pattinson). At the mention of the film, Wasikowska smiles. “I liked the idea of playing a perky psychopath.”
A perky psychopath is pretty unusual! “I’ve played a lot of characters who were very emotional and troubled, so it was really nice to play someone who was serious but wasn’t, you know, weeping in every scene!”
Glenn Close recently sat down with Mia Wasikowska and interviewed her for the latest issue of Interview magazine! The photos are stunning, and have a read of the interview below.
As Charlotte Brontë’s famous governess in Cary Joji Fukunaga’s adaptation of Jane Eyre (2011), Mia Wasikowska is so ethereal as to seem almost translucent. But if we feel we can look through her and see clearly what she’s feeling, her thoughts remain closed off from us, hidden behind dark, still eyes. It is no surprise, then, when Edward Rochester, played by Michael Fassbender, asks, mystified, “Do you never laugh, Miss Eyre?” They sit by a fire, but Wasikowska’s Eyre seems to receive no warmth from it. “I can see in you the glance of a curious sort of bird through the close-set bars of a cage,” Rochester says, “a vivid, restless, captive; were it but free, it would soar cloud-high.”
In her brief but brilliant career, Wasikowska, now 24, has played a variety of gothic heroines, both classic and contemporary—restless captives all, and all of them trying to break free. Her Alice in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland (2010) is a chaste teen fleeing the call of adulthood for fantasy—she is a cinematic sibling to Wasikowska’s teen vampire Ava in Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive, a lusty immortal trapped in perpetual adolescence and the existential crisis that comes with it. But even as the budding daughter to two moms in The Kids Are All Right (2010), Wasikowska isn’t only an angsty teen. No matter how caged her birds may be, they never lack the agency to determine their own lives. As the fire-scarred young woman in this September’s feverish Hollywood satire Maps to the Stars, written by Bruce Wagner and directed by David Cronenberg, Wasikowska’s seemingly captive character throws down her shackles to wreak some serious havoc. She may play the restless prisoner well, but she does psychological terror unleashed even better. Which makes her casting as the ultimate tragic captive, Emma Bovary, in an upcoming adaptation of Flaubert’s classic novel a kind of poetic justice.
Wasikowska recently returned to her native Australia to film this September’s Tracks, John Curran’s film based on Robyn Davidson’s memoir of her 1,700-mile walk across the continent. But Wasikowska’s own trek through the outback was less like a walkabout and more like a return to her roots. As she tells her Albert Nobbs (2011) co-star Glenn Close, the experience of making that movie brought to a close the restlessness and rootlessness she had been feeling. These days Wasikowska is feeling right at home.
Some new stills of Mia Wasikowska as Agatha Weiss in Maps to the Stars have been added into the gallery for your viewing. It shows Mia alongside her co-actors, Robert Pattinson and Julianne Moore.
The gallery has been updated with a few new sets of film festival portraits from 2013 and 2014, promoting Mia Wasikowska’ latest released: Stoker, Only Lovers Left Alive and Tracks.
Moviefone recently did a great interview with Mia Wasikowska as she discusses her latest productions including Tracks, Only Lovers Left Alive and The Double.
Given how brutal Hollywood is in its treatment of young actors, it’s a testament to Mia Wasikowska’s fortitude and skill that she continues to find new and interesting roles for herself.
Since her 2006 debut with a small role in the Cannes/TIFF Aussie film “Suburban Mayhem,” and her mainstream success as Alice in Tim Burton’s 2010 reimagining of “Alice In Wonderland,” this 24-year-old star has sought out increasingly unique and diverse roles. In 2013 alone, she appeared in four compelling films (including the Hitchcockian “Stoker”) and directed a segment of the anthology film “The Turning.”
Three of those films that played festivals late last year are only seeing their theatrical release now. First was Jim Jarmusch’s unique take on the vampire ethos in “Only Lovers Left Alive,” where Mia plays Ava, a force of nature that brings life and energy to the laconic film. In “Tracks,” the actress takes the lead, driving camels across the Australian desert with a lovestruck Adam Driver in tow. Finally, there’s Richard Ayoade’s “The Double,” with Ms. W. Hannah the focus of much of the film’s narrative.
Moviefone sat down with Wasikowska during last year’s Toronto Film Festival, where all three of these films were playing to enthusiastic audiences.
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