ComingSoon editor Spencer Legacy spoke to Adelaide Clemens about her position within the lately launched drama The Swearing Jar. Clemens talked about utilizing completely different accents and enjoying a well-known Silent Hill character.
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“The Swearing Jar is Carey’s story,” reads the movie’s synopsis. “A highschool music instructor who throws a birthday live performance for her husband, Simon, that brings again reminiscences of their previous. By comedy, music, and reminiscence, we comply with the story of Carey and Simon’s relationship, the start of their baby…and the lie that threatens to screw all of it up!
Spencer Legacy: What drew you to The Carrying Jar?
Adelaide Clemens: I learn the script and was blown away. Kate Hewlett, the author, is so superb. The sturdy writing is form of my barometer for the work, however then what it did with the construction and the way it performs with time and construction. I used to be actually impressed. I had by no means seen a construction utilized in a approach that knowledgeable the character’s mind-set. I do not need to say an excessive amount of as a result of I believe it is actually vital for audiences to expertise the movie as I skilled it after I learn it and hopefully as individuals on the premiere final evening lived it, as a result of there’s a revelation. I believe that is an vital a part of an viewers’s perspective.
Was it troublesome to movie two completely different timelines?
Yeah, I simply needed to be actually organized. I simply learn the script over and over and over, and I created two timelines: a timeline from Carey’s perspective, after which… what we do within the story, as a result of Lindsay [MacKay], the director, had very exact and sumptuous plans in thoughts. Smashing cuts and issues like that – cinematic methods that she wished to make use of. So I wanted to know what she was making an attempt to attain cinematically, and I additionally wanted to know the place my character was within the story.
Is there a lesson you hope individuals take away from watching The Carrying Jar?
Yeah, I believe it is a thought-provoking piece. I believe it is a ethical dilemma that is actually fascinating [that] patrick [J. Adams]The character passes via. After which I believe it is a commentary on… I do not imply crucial theme, however on betrayal, on denial, on how denial can type of make us stagnate in time — we we’re not likely getting anyplace. It is an ideal coping mechanism, however it’s not essentially the healthiest
What did you consider filming in Canada?
Oh, I really like filming right here. I find it irresistible. Final yr was a really busy yr for Canada for me. I used to be in Hamilton to shoot The Carrying Jar, then additionally in Calgary for Underneath the Banner of Heaven.
Talking of Underneath the Banner of Heaven, you performed the spouse of Andrew Garfield’s character. What work did you do to ascertain a type of chemistry?
We went out to dinner. We hung round as a lot as potential. He has a tremendous work ethic and I like that too. I really like operating the traces. It was great to have somebody who wished to eat the fabric as a lot as potential.
You additionally did some voice appearing in Voltron. Would you be keen on extra voice work sooner or later?
Oh, I really like the voice work! Voltron was humorous. My accent is one thing that I at all times attempt to… they wished my accent at Voltron and my accent is type of… it isn’t fairly Australian and it isn’t fairly British, as a result of I grew up in Hong Kong and went to a British worldwide faculty. So after I was eight, I had a really British accent. I believe the problem with voice work is that they typically need you to do what feels most pure, however that is laborious for individuals to situate. I can do numerous accents, so I wish to do extra voice work.
Did rising up in all these locations make it easier to do accents extra naturally?
I used to be born in Australia, however then we moved to Japan. I stayed there for 2 years. I do not keep in mind, however then we had been in Cognac within the south of France. French was my first language. Then we stayed in Hong Kong for 5 years after which lastly moved again to Australia. So I believe as a child, while you’re transferring round so much, and particularly while you’re going out and in of colleges – I went to 11 faculties earlier than I used to be eight years previous – you must get into them in a short time, work out what taking place and a humorousness, you already know? I believe it provides him… it teaches you an ear, yeah.
You additionally labored on The Nice Gatsby. What was your expertise working with Baz Luhrmann?
Oh my God. It was as if my greatest dream had come true. In actual fact, after I lived in Hong Kong, there was a video retailer that solely had just a few English movies that I used to be allowed to see. Romeo + Juliet was one in every of them. So he has at all times been one in every of my absolute idols. I additionally love Shakespeare and at all times thought it was such an excellent adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. It’s so thrilling to work with him. There’s a lot power and he actually challenges you and trusts you…type of throws stimuli at you, which was a lot enjoyable.
You performed Heather Mason in Silent Hill: Revelation. What was it like portraying such a beloved character from an already established collection?
It was numerous stress. It is numerous stress. The online game world, which I’ve numerous respect for, however it was actually enjoyable. I’m Australian, [and] numerous us are very athletic, so I cherished the bodily facet of the position. I had fun. I really simply bumped into Malcolm McDowell, who was additionally in that film with me. And it was shot right here in Toronto.