Yeah, I mean, your trailer is like a bathroom without a toilet, so its much better to stay on the set between takes and hang out. We all really had fun hanging out with each other and were like friends. I think you feel that energy in the movie too, a bunch of friends hanging out.
Do you have any personal experience of going home and reuniting with friends, like we see in this movie?
Not really because my friends are still my friends from when I was like 12. Like all my best friends are my friends from high school and then college. But Ive been their friends throughout so its not like I have any estrangement from people.
Is it a release to do a small film after a big one like Star Wars?
Well, it definitely brings you down to the essential elements. I mean, there arent explosions or battles or special effects. Its really about the characters and the story and thats it - and their relationships. So yeah, it definitely makes it more concentrated, where all the energys concentrated in this one thing instead of dispersed over this larger scene.
Does that visibility allow you to do smaller films?
Absolutely. Its a wonderful opportunity that Ive had to be in those films because it does get people more familiar with you and maybe, hopefully, [it] would make them see other things that youre working on.
Are you finished doing Episode III?
I finished principal photography on the third one last summer, like a year ago, and we do reshoots in a month. In London.
Will you be glad when its over?
I think everything, every end in any phase of your life is always - theres always an excitement to start something new, a new phase and always a little bit of sadness of leaving the last phase.
Do you have better chemistry with Hayden Christensen this time?
Yeah, I mean, we I think we both really work well off each other. Hes a great actor and he did a really great job in this. Yeah, I think we worked really hard on this one and we all were really comfortable.
Whats your next film?
Its called Closer. Mike Nichols directed it. Its coming out December 2nd, and its with Clive Owen and Jude Law and Julia Roberts. And we just play four individuals who have very complex relationships, speaking of.
Whats working with Mike Nichols like versus other directors?
Mike is, well, Ive known him for like six years now. We did The Seagull together a few years ago in Central Park. And its just so amazing to work with someone whos I mean, hes like one of my best friends. And hes literally, like, I have a problem with a boyfriend or a friend or life or decisions or what movie to do, or where to go on vacation, hes the one I go to running. Hes my best friend, hes my mentor, hes like a father. Hes like the father I can talk to about boys because hes not actually my father. Hes just wonderful. Working with someone I know that well was really freeing too because I just trusted him so much that I was like, Ill do anything. And I just know that he has me in his best interests and I have him in my best interests and so Im willing to give him anything because I know that hell make it okay.
Is there any stage role youre yearning to do?
Id love to do something contemporary by a new, current writer. That would be really exciting, so its not like a particular role. Ive had the incredible opportunity to play these really challenging parts, but Id love to do something challenging and contemporary because all the stuff Ive done is period on stage.
Do you have any other projects in the works?
I am starting a film called The Smoker in the fall that Richard Linklater is doing.
Are you smoking?
No, its actually - I think they might change the title because the title comes from the short story and the purpose of it, its like the smoker is the teachers room that they all smoke in at the school and thats not really explained in the script anymore. So I don't know, the title might change unless they can explain it somehow. Its not really about a smoker.
Will you be playing Lois Lane in the Superman movie?
You know, I havent heard anything about it personally. I know theres rumors about it online because reporters keep asking about it, but I dont really know. I havent read it or anything.
How tough was it to make the transition from being a child actress to an adult?
I just try and do stuff thats different, stuff that keeps me interested, learning new things, trying new things and having new experiences. Ive been really lucky to get to keep working throughout and get to go to school and have a regular growing up experience too ,which I think has been really helpful because Ive gotten to develop myself too. Its not just like I get to play other people all the time. Ive had time to figure out who I am and get a sense, not that thats ever done, but that Ive had that time for myself too.