Nobody Walks, directed by Ry Russo-Young (You Won’t Miss Me), was one of the many films that premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Written by Lena Dunham and Russo-Young, the ensemble drama stars John Krasinski, Olivia Thirlby, Rosemarie DeWitt, India Ennenga and Justin Kirk. In the film, “Krasinski plays Peter, a Hollywood sound designer who’s agreed to help Martine (Thirlby) with her experimental art film as a favor to his wife (DeWitt). Martine, a beautiful and driven 23-year-old artist, comes to stay in the family’s pool house at their posh Silver Lake home, and her arrival ignites raw emotions and desires throughout the entire family.” Ennenga plays the daughter. Since premiering, Magnolia picked up the film for domestic distribution, so you’ll be able to see it at some point down the road.
During my interview with Rosemarie Dewitt we talked about being at Sundance, who she plays in Nobody Walks and what it’s about, how the story changed along the way, karaoke and more. In addition, since Dewitt just finished shooting Neighborhood Watch (which stars Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, and Richard Ayoade), she talked about who she plays and what it’s about. We also talked about Your Sister’s Sister and The Odd Life of Timothy Green. Hit the jump to watch.
As usual, I’ve time indexed the interview so you can watch the parts that interest you. Finally, if you missed my video interview with India Ennenga for Nobody Walks, click here.
- :10 What’s her go to karaoke song and what’s her favorite karaoke song?
- :37 The Sundance experience. Says it’s the first year that she really understood that she was really there.
- 1:33 Describes what the film is about and who she plays. Dewitt plays a therapist.
- 2:35 Talks about how she got involved in the project. The script really intrigued her.
- 3:45 How much did the film change from when she first read the script to the finished film? Says the final product is quite different. There was a visual component that she didn’t pick up on in the script that’s front and center in the film.
- 4:49 Talks about Your Sister’s Sister and having two films at the festival.
- 5:31 How many takes does she like to do? Says she kind of leans towards more takes, but sometimes you’ll get it on the first two takes.
- 6:30 Neighborhood Watch. “Ben Stiller plays a mid-level manager at Costco and he lives a small life in a small town, and he’s very okay with that. I play his wife and I’d like a bigger life and I’d like some more excitement, and lo and behold we get it because one of his friends at Costco is murdered, he’s working like through the night. Ben’s character forms a Neighborhood Watch which is compromised of Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, and Richard Ayoade. They’re just an unlikely cast of characters, and the movie does get crazy… There’s a sci-fi element, there’s an action film element… It goes from a comedy to a sci-fi action crazy movie.”
- 8:10 Talks about The Odd Life of Timothy Green. She plays Jennifer Garner’s sister in the film.
- 9:26 Upcoming projects. Talks about how inspiring the Sundance Film Festival is and how it makes her want to go home and write letters to the filmmakers whose films were screened.
- 10:00 Talks about acting in both big-budget projects like Neighborhood Watch and smaller indie fare.
- 10:42 The impact that Mad Men has had on her career.