Imogen Poots on the Power of Humiliation

The Jimi: All Is by My Side actress, who is featured in W’s February 2015 issue, on why humiliation is the most important and heartbreaking emotion, how she develops a crush, and more. Imogen Poots wears her own clothes.

Released on 1/15/2015

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Starring: Imogen Poots

Transcript

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The movie that makes me cry is probably...
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Five Easy Pieces.
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I think the scene with Karen Black
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when she's at the dinner table,
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and she trying her best to sort of
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understand Jack Nicholson's character
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and his family are there, and he treats her
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in this appalling way, and it's the judgment
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of that scene, and the notion of somebody really trying,
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and the humiliation of that.
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I find humiliation to be the most important
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and heartbreaking emotion, and I think
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that scene sort of captures that in an extraordinary way.
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My cinematic crush is probably
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Joaquin Phoenix,
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and also,
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in Belle du Jour,
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Marcel,
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when he was younger, because now I feel like
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that actor may be
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90 years old plus.
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When somebody moves you, or is so terrific at something,
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it can be anything, it can be the way
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that they solder a piece of metal, if that turns you on,
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then that sort of, it just moves you, it's extraordinary.
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I guess Stranger Than Paradise would be
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an exotic love story, I can see that.
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Jim Jarmusch it up.
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Which part of the film?
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I suppose just the three of them doing their thing.