Kieran Darcy-Smith’s debut feature, Wish You Were Here, premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Starring Joel Edgerton, Teresa Palmer, Felicity Price and Antony Starr, the film is about four friends (two couples) who embark on a carefree holiday in Cambodia, but only three of them return home. As the film unfolds, we start to learn more about what happened on the trip and how one of them might know more than they’re letting on.
Shortly after seeing the film, I sat down with Palmer for an exclusive interview. During our extended conversation we talked about what it means to premiere at Sundance, how the project came together, what the film is about and who she plays, filming in Cambodia, and how the project changed during the writing process. In addition, we talked about karaoke, video games, and director Jonathan Levine‘s Warm Bodies. 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 Joel Edgerton for Wish You Were Here, click here.
Teresa Palmer Time Index
- :19 The Sundance experience and what it’s like to have her film open the festival. Says it’s her first Sundance.
- :48 Her reaction when she first found out the film got into the festival.
- 1:54 Describes what the film is about and who she plays.
- 3:19 How’d she get involved in the project? She met Kieran Darcy-Smith at Joel Edgerton’s house and he told her about the project. He watched Take Me Home Tonight and then contacted her and offered her the part. Talks about the difference between working on an Australian film and working on an American film.
- 5:14 How much did the project change from when she first read the script to the finished film? Says the film was almost word-for-word the script.
- 6:43 The filming experience. Says she’s never shot a film this way before. They would decide to shoot random things they saw while working in Cambodia.
- 8:13 How many takes does she prefer? Says it depends on the filmmaker, but her lucky number is take 3. She likes doing an average of 5 takes.
- 9:22 Says the most amount of takes she’s ever done was on I Am Number Four, when she did 15 takes. Describes the scene.
- 10:23 What’s her go-to karaoke song?
- 10:43 What’s the last video game she played?
- 10:59 Talks about filming Warm Bodies. Says everyone in the film is amazing.