Rosamund Pike: Screen Test

W’s May cover star, the British actress Rosamund Pike, opens up to Editor at Large Lynn Hirschberg in a video Screen Test. Tune in as Pike reveals which movie had her in tears after just two minutes (“So much makes me cry if I’m in the right frame of mind”), her secret cinematic crush, (“He was just the most gorgeous thing I’d ever seen”), and more.

Released on 4/16/2014

Credits

Starring: Rosamund Pike

Transcript

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My first movie was a James Bond movie,
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it's like a sort of ejector seat from normality
00:09
into some crazy circus world and I remember,
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I hardly dare say this, I'd never actually seen
00:17
a James Bond movie and I saw other girls and I thought
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oh dear, I've dressed completely wrong for this.
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All these girls were so sleek and dressed in
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what seemed to me like leather, I'm sure it wasn't leather.
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Then when I was called to do a screen test for that film,
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they said also we're going to bring you a lovely dress
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and this is where I thought oh, I have some lovely dresses
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so I went home to my mother who is an opera singer
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and I said I need something really fabulous
00:45
like a ball dress.
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It had large roses all the way down the front,
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large sort of beautiful silk roses.
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Huge skirt, big train.
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(laughs)
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I said well, I've bought a dress and they said
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great, let's see it.
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I took it out and everybody's face,
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they obviously tried very hard not to laugh,
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they said that is a very, very beautiful dress
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but in James Bond, the women tend to wear something
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more like this, and this sheath sort of slinky
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just sparkly sheath.
01:21
Suddenly you're given an awareness, you're given a look
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that is sort of far more sophisticated than you feel.
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Eye makeup, eyelashes, mascara,
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Armani, fur, high heels, I mean, just everything
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that I had no experience of
01:39
and you're having to sort of come to terms with yourself
01:43
as a woman, I suppose and also as an object as well.
01:47
You're looking at yourself from the outside
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for the first time, which I think for any girl
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is a very, you know it's a horrible and also
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a rather fascinating time of one's life.
01:56
I capture in An Education, Helen is not a learned person.
01:59
As I was talking to Lynn Barber who's memoir
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An Education was based on and she said
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there used to be a girl who was dating one of the boys
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and this girl was fascinating and alluring
02:15
and very beautiful and she never spoke
02:17
and then one day she did speak and Lynn realized
02:19
why she'd never spoken up until that point,
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because she knew what her power, where her power lay
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and that any power would be dissipated
02:26
as soon as she opened her mouth.
02:27
You know, all actresses, we all want to play intelligent,
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strong, formidable woman, and actually it's really fun
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to play somebody who's not that.
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I supposed there's a kind of collective guilt in Hollywood
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that when, you know, there are so few female characters
02:43
out there that when they are written
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they should definitely be smart ones
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and so sometimes when there's a crack-up
02:48
who comes along who's not smart, that's just even better.
02:51
I have incredibly fond memories of Pittsburgh
02:54
when I was filming Jack Reacher.
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I was pregnant, I had, you know, a baby who was in my tummy
02:59
during that movie and now he heard Tom Cruise's voice
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way more than he ever heard his father's voice at that time
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so now, you know, whenever he's upset, you know,
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I just have to put on Risky Business, you know, Top Gun,
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or show me the money on sort of repeat
03:11
(laughter)
03:12
next to his cot, you know.
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Patrick Dempsey back in the day did something
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called JFK Reckless Youth.
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I thought he was just the most gorgeous thing I'd ever seen.
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I don't think I even knew that you could have a reaction
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to a man like that when I was that age,
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so it was very exciting to me and then years later,
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I saw this guy, you know, I thought, how funny,
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you' know everybody's finally caught on.
03:32
Hopefully you get people to look that up now.
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I have to confess I have never looked it up again
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'cause I can't bear that it wasn't as good
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as I remember it to be, but it was pretty thrilling.
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(laughter)