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Sep 01 2017

在terview: Karen Allen on 'Year by the Sea' and How She Grew Up Being Like Marion Ravenwood

ByJose Solís.

卡伦·艾伦主演了“年由海,”开放下周五

Year By the Sea, Karen Allen plays author Joan Anderson, whose memoirs served as the inspiration for a film that asks what happens to women after their kids leave. For Anderson the answer came in a trip of rediscovery that took her from her home, to a small town in Cape Cod where she learned how to feel truly alive again. Allen’s portrayal of Joan reveals new layers in her work, she has always been compulsively watchable onscreen, but as the quiet Anderson she is absolutely luminous. Watching her in scenes opposite Yannick Bisson who plays the sexy fisherman Joan flirts with, she shows us that sensuality should not be relegated to 20-something, scantily clad female characters, and in scenes where Joan spends time with her friends, we crave for more fiction where women of a certain age get to be leads, not supporting characters.

I spoke to Allen about playing Anderson, how the book helped her develop the character, and what are some of her favorite scenes inRaiders of the Lost Ark.Read the interview after the jump...

JOSE:What elements in Joan’s memoirs did you find the most helpful when you were developing the character?

KAREN ALLEN:The books were tremendously helpful because even if I’d read the script, those tend to be outlines in a way. The film pulls material from other of her books, so reading them I felt I got to know her very well. It showed me Joan’s real heart and thought processes, I also met her and spent some time with her which was another revelation in terms of who she was. It was a wonderful resource to have both the book and the woman.

JOSE:After meeting her did you feel you had to emulate her mannerisms and way of speaking more than you did before meeting her?

KAREN ALLEN:What was interesting for me was that I was playing her at a very different time in her life than I was meeting her. She’s grown a lot in the last 20 years which is what the book was about, I was going to play Joan at a time in her life when she felt very stuck and lost. That woman was much different than the woman I met. I was able to glean a certain spirit from her, but I felt in terms of personality and even physically she was changed. It’s been fascinating because a lot of people who know her tell me it’s uncanny how much I remind them of her. I don’t think I ever consciously tried to emulate her, there must be some alignment there that works on a subconscious level.

JOSE:Did Joan inspire you to write your own memoirs?

KAREN ALLEN:(笑)Well, it’s certainly something I’ve thought of doing. But I feel for me to do it well, I’d need to set aside a year of my life and work on it with some clarity. I love the idea of it, I’ve always loved to write, I work on some other projects, so to sit down and try to write something about one’s own life experience sounds fascinating. Will I get to it? I don’t know, it’s not on the board right now.

Do you know where you’d go if you wanted to take a year off?

Italy. I feel very at home in the Italian countryside, or the Irish countryside would be great. Those are my runaway places.

Joan is a very active woman, we see you as her sailing, running, doing all sorts of physical work. Had you done any of the things she does in the movie before?

I certainly had never clammed, so that was new for me, but neither had she at that time. I do have a kayak, years ago I used to canoe a little bit, but a rowboat like the one in the film was unfamiliar to me. It was fun to deal with her own learning process and think about how she felt doing these things for the first time. But I don’t think there were any challenges in that regard, I’m a runner, I’m a fairly athletic person, so I didn’t find any difficulty playing that part. If anything I might have toned down how much of an athletic person I am during the shoot.

It was so refreshing to see women who are usually supporting characters be the leads in a film. Can you talk about the process of developing your chemistry with S. Epatha Merkerson and Celia Imrie who play Joan’s best friends?

它那么容易开发,我们三个合得来right from the start. The director found a place in the Cape for all of us to stay, there were these little cabins by the water a stone’s throw away from each other. We spent a lot of time together, I drove them in the morning, Celia was coming from England and was afraid of driving on the other side of the road. We’d also have dinner together, I’d met Epatha before when I’d done a few Law and Orders, I’d never met Celia before but I just loved her.

Was it exciting for you to read a screenplay centered on a woman your age?

It was fantastic! When I read the script and saw this film was being made, I hoped they’d cast me, but I was very aware that every actress in New York in that age range would want to play this role. I was thrilled when they asked me to do it, there aren’t that many fully developed characters for women to play, this one for me was important because it’s very gentle, but it’s about a woman struggling with her identity and wondering what was ahead in her life. I think it did take some courage on her part to decide to make this trip and discover herself. She had been a published writer before she had kids, I’m not sure if this comes across in the movie, but she put all of this in the back burner and she didn’t know if she had the talent to do it again.

你爸爸是一名FBI探员和我读你移动lot when you were a kid. Did becoming used to new surroundings and new schools help you in any way when you decided to become an actor?

我认为有一些平行的是,很多演员我知道有那种童年的。无论他们的父亲是在军队服务,他们搬到了很多,或父母的生活方式,使他们动了不少。我想,当你不断地在学校新来的小子或在附近的新的孩子,你的身份,你长大了在同一个地方,当小于刚性。你重塑自我,有时在一个地方很长一段时间是,人们认为他们知道你和他们你是谁是这个坚实的事情的想法。当你身边有很多移动它是一个更流畅的体验,作为一个孩子,我觉得我可以在一个新的五年级和发挥出现以“我现在是谁”,什么样的人是这个想法。

你在这些重塑找到你更多的是琼或马里昂的人呢?

我有很多冒险的在我的生活,当我19岁我去住牙买加,我也花了一年的道路上与一些朋友,当我们从墨西哥城到利马,秘鲁开车。我想我有我更多马里昂天生。琼有孩子很小的时候,我有我的儿子以后的生活,所以我有很多的职业生涯和周围很多移动之前,我有一个孩子,所以我们以这种方式不同,但我认为所有的父母找到的这个想法的转变,发生在当你的孩子移到外面的世界。你花20年或25年的时候你的生活围绕着这些孩子的照顾承担和支持围绕,然后突然他们走了,和男性和女性都受到影响。我们都进入了一个新阶段,但不知道它适用于我们。这是一个时期,很多婚姻的分手,夫妻双方找到对方不知道他们是谁。琼和罗宾去通过,她试图让与他接触,他不让她。她问你为什么爱我,他说,“因为你是我老婆”,这是没有答案的,她的追求。它显示多少他们并不在同一个波长,他甚至决定出售一份工作房子和移动而不需要问她。它在我的角度来看,真正的背叛,有没有意义,这是他们的生活,不只是他。

I loved that scene and there are so many moments in the film where you do so much with silence. What goes on in your mind during those moments when there is no dialogue?

One of the beauties of film is that it is literally possible to see a character think and feel. As people we feel more than we can really say, I felt that was true throughout the script, there are moments when words fail Joan. What I loved about the way the script was constructed is that it left a lot of open moments like that, Joan isn’t a very reactive character, I’ve played a lot of those in my life, who are very tit for tat, but Joan absorbs what’s being said, she needs time to take it in. There’s a beautiful line in the film that I pulled from the book and added to the script, after her husband sees her and says “you’ve changed” and she says “I think I’m just starting to like who I might be,” I felt the whole film sits right there, she’s lost the part of herself she felt she knew and she’s striving to get it back. The beauty of the film is that it’s not your typical she leaves her husband, has an affair with a younger man and has an epiphany. Here she doesn’t want to leave her husband, she needs to renegotiate her marriage, she wants to be in an even playfield and she needs her husband to see her as a different person than she’s been as a mother.

Karen Allen's iconic intro in Raiders of the Lost Ark

的运动图像的博物馆表示Raiders of the Lost Arkover the weekend, and since I’m talking to you now, I hoped you could direct me to some moments in the movie that you love and would like me to pay attention to when I go see it.

有这么多小的时刻!我个人很喜欢我的电影介绍,她的饮酒在尼泊尔,他们是对谁将持续更多的投注,然后印进来,她的袜子他的下巴。我们不知道她什么,但我们很快学会了很多关于她的。我不认为有就一直很喜欢,在之前的任何电影中的角色。我也很喜欢喝酒场面的重奏,与Belloq在我想我一定要得到他喝醉了,逃跑,相反,它是一个逆转,因为她喝醉了帐篷。

Since you brought up the drinking scene, if someone were to make a cocktail based on you what would it have?

哦,(笑)我真的不喝酒,我只喝红酒,所以我什么都不知道的鸡尾酒。因此,也许它会像香槟和好玩的东西。我喜欢苹果汁和香槟的想法。怎么样?我们可以把它像...

该Ravenwood输入!

是的,Ravenwood输入鸡尾酒!(笑)

Year By the Sea是在电影院on September 8

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Reader Comments (5)

I've been fond of Karen Allen as an actress since I saw her in Raiders of the Lost Ark. And now I'm really looking forward to seeing her in Year by the Sea, which I actually hadn't heard about before. So thanks for the interview, Jose, it was great reading it :)

September 2, 2017 |Unregistered CommenterRoald

coincidentally i just watched RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK streaming the night before this interview was published. I hadn't heard about this movie (or the bestseller actually) before now so i'm also appreciative.

LOVED Karen Allen back in the day so eager to see this movie now.

September 2, 2017 |Unregistered CommenterNATHANIEL R

I'd like to warn anyone reading this against watching this movie. Love the cast but it's sub-Hallmark garbage. I saw it at a regional festival last year and we were shocked by the low production values. There were walkouts. Trust me.

September 2, 2017 |Unregistered CommenterLauren

Always had a great screen presence, held her own opposite Harrison Ford in Raiders but was also quite understatlingly brilliant as Al Pacino's confused girlfriend in the cult gay classic CRUISING

September 18, 2017 |Unregistered Commentermarty oz

遇到她在纽约地铁站台上几年前,并让她笑与定向到人,她有喜剧路线。她很容易接受和锐利,她9000000千瓦笑容几乎让我跌倒落后到轨道上。她也是一个阿斯汤加瑜伽intructress,瑜伽的最困难和最惊人的形式。我欣喜地看到这样一个有趣的冠冕堂皇的电影,我不会关心产品价值毫厘。

October 29, 2017 |Unregistered CommenterMichael Powers

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