INTERVIEWS: Olivia Williams talks about Maps To The Stars – “dark territory but was exhilarating”

The Irish and UK press had a couple of interviews with Olivia Williams that came out for the Bluray/DVD release in the regions, February 2nd.

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Excerpt from The Independent:

Your most recent movie, Maps to the Stars, deals with Hollywood’s dark side. There’s murder, suicide, incest…

I wouldn’t say that all of those things happen all of the time to such a concentrated group of people. But I would say that I have heard of most of those things happening to individuals. It’s a satire and a lot of it is far-fetched. But it’s not unheard of.

You play the controlling mother of a child star. Who did you base your character on?

It is a combination of people I have come across in the past 20 to 25 years in the business. I’m not going to name names.

Is Hollywood an anxiety-inducing, crazy-making place?

It depends on what level you choose, or are forced, to engage with it on. There is a moment when you are accepting a job when you have to become involved with the business affairs people at the studio. Their job is to paint you as worthless and your agent’s job is to paint you as of inconceivable value. They’ll say you haven’t made a successful studio movie in five years and the last thing you did got good reviews but no one went to see it… It’s a gradual chipping away at your worth.

Excerpt from Breaking News (Ireland):

Olivia Williams has said she was drawn to her film Maps To The Stars because it was thrilling heading into “dark territory”.

The 46-year-old actress plays a Hollywood mum in David Cronenberg’s satirical drama, which also stars Robert Pattinson and Julianne Moore.

“I was driven in the first place by the script, which had everyone on set both laughing and appalled in equal measure. It felt like we were in very dark territory, but was exhilarating at the same time,” she said.

“Given the subject matter, some feared we’d never be invited back… but ultimately Hollywood loves to see itself caricatured, whether or not it is flattering.”

Olivia said she was “intrigued” to work with filmmaker Cronenberg on the project.

“I have always been a bit too squeamish to watch his work, but the script was so funny and appalling at the same time, I just wanted to be involved. My enthusiasm carried me through my nerves,” she said.

“Very quickly on set I felt I just wanted to tuck in, like a big meal. There were lines and scenes I just couldn’t wait to play.”

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