Chat Transcript Feb 9, 2014: Jessica Brown Findlay
· With your background as a dancer, has that helped or hindered you (or both) in your career as an actor?
JBF: I think it’s only helped me - I think if I had never been a dancer, I would have never become an actor, so in that way, it’s been a huge help. - JBF
· jessica,big fan,what themes can the audience get from watching winter’s tale?
JBF: It certainly deals with the theme that love can carry on - in the romantic sense or friendship, family - love can carry on even once someone’s physical being is long gone. - JBF
· Is life more fun as a brunette or ginger?
JBF: It’s awesome as both! - JBF But ginger involves more time at the hairdresser’s.
· Did you do your own stunts in the film?
JBF: Loads of the horse riding I did, yeah. Colin and I got to do lots of it, but I can’t take credit for everything. - JBF
· I’ve read that you write poetry, Have you ever thought of publishing it?
JBF: I don’t think I’d ever publish it because it’s really just for me. It’s really bad, but I really enjoy doing it. - JBF
· You got to sing in Black Mirror; would you ever consider being in a musical if offered the chance?
JBF: I’d love to play a part where I could sing again. That was really good fun. I think I’d like that. - JBF
· Dance, acting, poetry, you’re very talented. What talent you dont’ have you would love to have?
JBF: I would love to have complete command of an instrument, like piano or guitar. That would be cool. - JBF
· How easy or difficult is it to get into the character you want to create? Does it depend on how long it takes to connect with the script?
JBF: Really all the jobs I’ve been lucky enough to do, I’ve had a quick and immediate reaction to the scripts. Sometimes it requires a lot of research, or sometimes you go by instinct or your gut. It’s always different, which is why I love it so much. - JBF
· Do you believe in miracles?
JBF: I think miracles can be big or small, but if you look for them, they can definitely exist. - JBF
· What’s your strangest fan encounter?
JBF: I don’t think I have had any strange ones - they’ve all been really nice and lovely. -JBF
· What can you tell us about the film you’re currently shooting, Frankenstein?
JBF: It’s an incredibly exciting retelling of Frankenstein that carries all of those original horror elements to them with some really interesting twists. - JBF
· JBF: You’ve had the chance to play heroines and villains; did you like playing one a little more than another?
JBF: I don’t know, but I’d love to be a villain. I could be mean! - JBF
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· what advice would you give young actors who are just starting out ? You are a big idol of mine can’t wait to see Winter’s Tale in the UK !
JBF: Keep trying - it can be crazy, and you have to get a really thick skin, but if it’s what you want to do with every inch of your soul - go for it, fight for it, and it can be really amazing. - JBF
· oh and also, which book have you read that you highly recommend?
JBF: I love Wuthering Heights - I’ve read it a lot! How to be a Woman is also a brilliant book - I recommend that. - JBF
· What was your favorite scene is the movie to shoot?
JBF: I loved the ball scene. That was really fun. It did feel like a party, and it was a chance for the characters to relax and have fun. And that’s how it felt to do it, really. - JBF
· Have you ridden a horse before?
JBF: I had once, but not for a very long time. I did a lot of horse riding before I got to NY and then carried on training when I got here. The film taught me how to horse ride, which is really cool! - JBF
· Omg, so first of all you are stunning! And I so do miss you on Downton Abbey! But what was the best experience you’ve had coming away from filming this movie? Is there anything in the works now as far as movies or TV that we can look forward? And what are your future goals from coming away from this movie and coming from such a notoriously awesome show!?!
JBF: First of all, I have to say thank you. That means a lot. I think there’s a lot to look forward to - I did a film in the summer called Posh, which is an adaptation of a play of the same name. It should ruffle a lot of feathers. I also did a 3-part miniseries for the BBC called Jamaica Inn. And then… who knows? It’s exciting to not know what’s next - I like that. - JBF
· What do you miss the most about filming Downton Abbey?
JBF: My sisters. - JBF
· What would be the part of your dreams?
JBF: I can’t think of anything specific, but I love playing strong women and also characters that are also flawed. Just to keep working - that makes me happy! - JBF
· Between your role in Downton Abbey as Sybil and your role in Winter’s Tale as Beverly, was there any correlation between the two characters besides both of them living in the early 20th century? Was your experience with both projects similar or completely different?
JBF: They were completely different experiences as the stories are so different. There’s a transcendence to Beverly in that she could have existed in any time - the time period doesn’t affect who she is. - JBF
· How was it working with Collin Farrell and Russel Crowe?
JBF: Amazing. Colin is so generous and kind and funny and just brought something to that part that I don’t think anyone else could have. Russell Crowe was fantastic - I never thought I would be in a movie with him. - JBF
· Did you read book prior to filming the movie?
JBF: Once I got the part, I read the book and took certain parts of it and used them as reference points. Once I had done that, the script was my Bible from then on. - JBF
Unfortunately, I have to run and catch a plane, but thank you all so much for your lovely questions! I hope you enjoy the film this coming weekend. - JBF