Sofia Boutella on Playing a Character Spiked with LSD in Gaspar Noé’s ‘Climax’

     September 23, 2018

If you’ve seen the trippy trailer for Gaspar Noé’s Climax—one of the many films I saw at this year’s Toronto Film Festival—you know it’s like nothing you’ve seen before. Climax is about a troupe of young dancers that have gathered to rehearse when they discover they’ve been drinking sangria laced with potent LSD. We then follow their journey from jubilation to chaos. Along for the bad trip is Sofia Boutella acting alongside a cast of professional dancers.

A few hours before the premiere, Sofia Boutella came by the Collider studio at TIFF for an interview. During the wide-ranging conversation she talked about what the film is about, how she got ready to play a character on drugs, why making Climax was such a unique experience, what it was like working with a director that is also the cinematographer, memorable moments from filming, how her process as an actor has changed, and a lot more.


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In addition, towards the end of the interview, she played “Get to Know Your TIFF Attendee”, which includes questions like what TV show they’d like to guest spot on, what film scared them as a kid, what is the background photo on their phone, what TV show have they watched all the way through more than once, have they watched a movie more than 20 times, and more.

Check out what she had to say in the player above and below is exactly what we talked about. For more on the film, read Greg Ellwood’s review from Cannes.

Sofia Boutella

  • How has she been describing Climax to people?
  • What is it like working with a director that is also acting as the cinematographer?
  • How they went to set every day and didn’t know what they were going to shoot.
  • When you’re going to play someone on drugs how do you prepare for the role? Do you look at other people’s performances?
  • What is it like the first few days after you wrap on a project like this?
  • How during filming she didn’t know what would happen. Shares a story about how they came up with her character’s name.
  • climax-posterHow has her process as an actor changed now that she has been involved in a few projects?
  • She talks about the dancing in the film and how they came up with the sequences.
  • She plays “Get to Know Your TIFF Attendee” which include questions like what TV show she’d like to guest spot on, does she have a favorite sci-fi or fantasy film, what film scared them as a kid, what is the background photo on their phone, and a lot more.

Finally, big thanks to the partners who made our TIFF interviews possible:

Aurora, Presenting Partner, one of Canada’s largest federally licensed cannabis companies and an official partner of the Toronto International Film Festival. Aurora’s involvement is anchored by its passion for the arts and commitment to providing financial support for the creative community.

Diageo Canada joins as the official spirit sponsor and will be showcasing cocktails featuring brands from their luxury portfolio including Ciroc Vodka,Tanqueray™ No. TEN Gin, Johnnie Walker Black Label and Bulleit Bourbon.


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Toasting the evening’s festivities will be La Marca Prosecco, an elegant, luxurious sparkling wine. The premium wines of California’s Ghost Pines Winery will also be served!

Dutch beer brand Grolsch, the official beer sponsor of the Toronto Film Festival recognizable by its iconic swingtop bottle, will tap into the House of Aurora to extend its VIP footprint at the Festival. Grolsch has long been a champion of creativity and independent thinking.

Frank Rea Event Designs Toronto’s top event florist and ambient designer Frank Rea creatively lends his support with décor statements and floral designs through Forget Me Not Flowers & Frank Rea Event Designs.

The Collider Studio at the House of Aurora was produced by A-list Communications and The Substance Group.

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