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Chloë Sevigny and Kate Beckinsale on Whit Stillman’s “Love & Friendship”

Nearly 18 years after Whit Stillman’s “Last Days of Disco,” Chloë Sevigny and Kate Beckinsale re-unite in the director’s Jane Austen period adaptation of “Love & Friendship,” a comedy of manners that gives Beckinsale her best role in years. The actresses spoke with W Magazine’s Erik Maza from the Acura Studio at 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

Released on 1/28/2016

Credits

Starring: Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny
Featuring: Erik Maza
Director: Marina Valle
Executive Producer: Harris Levinson

Produced by: Emoticon Productions

Transcript

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(soft piano music)
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I'm in a movie called Love and Friendship
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which is directed by Whit Stillman
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which is a sort of an unfinished,
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not very well-known novella of Jane Austen's
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that Whit has adapted to this very kind of witty, funny,
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unknown Jane Austen movie.
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When people hear Austen, I think they think, you know,
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drama, period, whatever.
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It moves really quick.
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His dialogue is very funny
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and, you know, there's a lot of, like, gossip
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and, you know, hearsay and things going on.
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It feels very modern.
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I play Lady Susan Vernon who is
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kind of rather atypically sexually rapacious
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and has, you know, much less of a kind of
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moral structure of the time
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that I think we all associate with Jane Austen.
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She's fairly ruthless and kind of diabolical and great.
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I mean, she's such a lovely awful character
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and very unusual for that time
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because usually, if a woman is behaving badly,
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and particularly her sexually, promiscuously,
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she dies of syphilis or gets burned in a fire
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or, you know, everybody shuns her.
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When I read Lady Susan,
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I was surprised by how saucy it was.
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I'm her confidante and I'm also kind of play as
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the Greek chorus in the movie, in a way.
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She comes and confides in me
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and, you know, and I kinda help to steer her.
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I've always wanted to be in a sweeping period drama, always.
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I've always dreamed of that
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and being in that kind of costume
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and being in that world.
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And of course I'm a huge fan of Whit's
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and I think he's so smart
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and his writing's is uniquely his own,
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even if it's an adaptation.
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His speeches are like this every day.
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It's was one of those kind of you feel like you're playing
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King Lear or something, you know, oh my God.
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It's unusual in a movie like this.
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And that was really fun, you know.
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I just think he makes movies
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like nobody else does right now
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and I really admire that and I think he's a great artist.
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