Wicker Park co-star Rose Byrne developed a loyal fan following after playing Padme Amidalas loyal servant Dormé in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. Byrne followed up that high profile film with roles in smaller productions including City of Ghosts and I Capture the Castle. She also had a prominent role in the epic motion picture, Troy, as Brad Pitts love interest. In Wicker Park, she plays the enigmatic, manipulative Alex, a woman with many secrets.
INTERVIEW WITH ROSE BYRNE ('Alex'):
Could you identify with this character?
For sure, absolutely. Ive certainly been the victim of a broken heart and Ive probably done less than [decorous] kinds of things to try and get someones attention.
Whats the worst thing you tried to do?
Ive never done anything as drastic as Alex does, but I had a dreadful crush on someone once. I used to drive, pretty pathetically, Id just drive by their house all the time and they didnt know who I was. Id just drive by the house all the time. I once knocked on the window and I thought, What am I doing? What am I going to say if they come to the door and dont know who I am?
Did you see the original film this movies based on?
Yes, I did. I saw the original.
Did that predicate your choice to take this role?
Well, no. I just auditioned really. I didnt see the film until after I had been cast in the movie, after Id got the part.
How do you compare your interpretation?
Id say pretty different. Id have to see the original again to comment. I dont want to say because it was a long time ago that I saw it, but I really enjoyed [Romane Bohringers] portrayal. I remember I thought she was really fantastic, the original actress who played the role. She was excellent.
Is it easy for you to go between accents?
I was very determined to nail the American accent because its very distracting when you can hear it in someones performance and it takes you out of the story. Its the first thing you comment [on] when you leave the cinema. Like, What about the accent? Where were they from? We grew up on American television in Australia, so its not that far removed. And I made sure I trained before I left and then I spoke with the accent the whole time, on and off set.
How was the audition process here?
Hollywood has always been competitive. Every young actress in the world comes through or is here, so youve just got to keep it all in perspective about what youre doing. But yeah, its definitely a competitive place.
How disorienting was the set when you jumping back and forth in time during filming?
It was a little disorientating but I just made sure I was really prepared every time before I went in to do a scene. I just had to be really, really prepared. That was good. It made me work harder and I felt like I accomplished something.
Did you pay attention to making sure takes of different perspectives of the same situation looked the same?
Yeah, oh yeah. The continuity woman was going crazy trying to figure out all those shapes of which perspectives and linear and story and flashback, flash-forward, where were we. There were so many and so much of that going on, it was quite funny.
Was it confusing to read the script?
I always understood it. To me, theres holes in it, but you get the general idea of whats going on. And that, to me, it was all the emotional story that I was interested in than the actual technical thing of what she does. It was more the emotional journey.
Have you ever experienced obsessive love?
No, I havent. Not really. Not to this extreme. I mean, Ive been in relationships where someone has liked someone more than the other; the balance of power. But never where someone has taken an identity or broken into my house or stolen something like that. Ive never been a victim of that.
Did you research actresses whove played disturbed women?
Yeah, I mean, obviously I did watch Fatal Attraction. I watched a few Hitchcock films actually because the French filmmaker was inspired by Hitchcock a lot. I watched Rear Window and Dial M for Murder and The Birds, just to get a general idea of films with suspense and the revealing of characters. I tried to look at a few female roles that had that kind of element of stalker quality. At the end of the day, you just have to show up on set and do the scene the best you can.