Rosario Dawson undergoes a startling transformation in Gimme Shelter and delivers a powerful performance as June, an angry, abusive addict and mother of a pregnant, homeless teenager named Apple (Vanessa Hudgens) who is struggling to survive. Dawson felt a deeply emotional and personal connection to the story and her street-weary character. Along with Hudgens, she was willing to go to the most unattractive places women can go because she felt it was something audiences needed to see. Opening January 24th, the inspiring drama written and directed by Ronald Krauss also features James Earl Jones, Brendan Fraser, Stephanie Szostak, Emily Meade and Ann Dowd.
At the film’s recent press day, Dawson talked about coming full circle from her film debut in Harmony Korine’s disturbing teen drama, Kids, where she played a character not too different from Apple, what caused her to respond so strongly to Krauss’ gritty screenplay, how she rarely broke character during filming, her collaboration with Hudgens, the fight sequences that left her bruised and exhausted, why she felt the film dovetailed well with the outreach work she does, and her latest projects including Raze, Cesar Chavez: An America Hero, Sin City 2, Parts Per Billion, The Captive, and Finally Famous.