Carrie Coon interview: ‘I find my Gone Girl performance intimidating to watch’

nOh one is more surprising Carrie KonCareer from Carrie Coon. Over the past decade and a half, the 40-year-old Ohioan has gone from stage actor to television star to a major movie role with a streak rarely seen in Hollywood. Her rise has been called “quick and subtle,” and while she may not yet be a catchy “name,” Coon’s detached coolness and effortless elegance made her the director’s favorite. “It was a terribly charming ascent,” Kuhn says, without any hint of arrogance. “There are few stories quite like me.”

This story began in the early 2000s, when university professor Kuhn persuaded her to abandon plans to study linguistics in favor of acting. In 2006, she graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and four years later was cast in the role of Honey in the Edward Elbiz production. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? At the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago. The play, which ran for five months on Broadway, proved to be a watershed moment for the 30-year-old.

“I went a play to Broadway, married my co-star and then moved on to racing,” Kuhn says from her home in Chicago. “That’s really what it was like.” As we speak, she’s taking care of the newborn daughter and her three-year-old son with her co-star, playwright and actor. Tracy Lettswhom she married in 2013.

Virginia wolf? It was pretty much the catalyst for a decade most actors would dream about. Coon received a Tony Award nomination for Production in 2012 and starred in David Fincher the girl is gone In 2014, he played Ben Affleck’s sister. Then she won a huge number of fans thanks to her leading roles in the popular HBO drama leftovers (2014-17) and the third season of the Noah Holly anthology series Fargo (2017). She earned an Emmy Award nomination for the latter, and worked with Steven Spielberg on the Oscar-nominated drama. the post (2017) and appeared in 2019 Avengers: Infinity WarThe fifth most successful movie of all time. no wonder Indiewire He described her as “one of the best” actors working today.

“It’s funny,” she says, “because it feels so fast at the same time, but at the same time slow and steady.” “I feel so lucky. I have a page on IMDb that I’m really proud of; I don’t have many losers out there.”

a new movie the nest A worthy addition to the list. Written and directed by Shawn Durkin (Martha, Marcy, May, Marilyn), the psychological drama follows a married couple whose marriage is tested when the British breadwinner Jude Law moves his American family from New York to a large, overbearing mansion in the English countryside. Set in the 1980s, the film is an exploration of family breakdown, with its characters walking a tightrope at dizzying heights. It’s an annoying watch, and Coon’s performance is easily the most enchanting.

“It’s one of the most honest wedding photos I’ve ever read,” she says. The movie doesn’t hold back from showing the ugly side – disintegration of communications, financial problems, and screaming matches. Fortunately, Kohn says the marriage in the movie is a far cry from her world. In fact, work on the nest It made her realize she had a “really good” one. Kon filmed the movie in Hampshire while Lets was in the United States filming James Mangold Ford vs Ferrari In 2018, and it is this distance from him, due to their career, that she is credited with keeping things on track.

“I think separation of time is the key to a long marriage,” she says. “You miss someone rather than get sick of them. And we’ve always been good at reasserting communication in our circadian rhythms. As an adult, it takes some maturity to make that adjustment.”

Universe Describe the nest “As a movie style that’s been gone since the ’70s” – a mid-range, low-budget release similar to John Cassavetes or Alan J Pakula. Thanks to the multi-layered role of Alison O’Hara, it has also made her even more insistent in her search for “innovation in women’s storytelling.”

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“There seem to be very few films that have been made that are really good and complex, and have women in the lead,” she says. “I also think that sometimes the dramatic trend of female characters is centered around loss, and [are] In this domestic sphere, because frankly this is the world we have been allowed to have.”

Carrie Cohn as Allison in Sean Dworkin’s The Nest

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Take, for example, her role in the HBO . super-drama leftovers. The cult series presents a world in which 2 percent of the population disappears into thin air. Coon plays Nora Durst, a woman who is grieving after losing her entire family in the event. While Coon is proud of her time on the show, overwhelmed by her fan base growth during the pandemic, she admits that the experience was a disappointing outcome.

“I now get a lot of scenarios about dead or missing children and think to myself, ‘You’ve already seen me make all those faces – can’t I do something else?'” And she laughs. “I look forward to a time when the story of the female protagonist is opening up about something not just fitting a female journey onto a masculine structure.”

By Kun’s admission, she couldn’t do the show without him the girl is gone. Although it was released in cinemas after three months leftovers’ HBO’s premiere, the film—an adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s bestselling novel—was wrapped before she completed her first season.

Carrie Cohn as Nora Durst in HBO’s The Leftovers


“I filmed the pilot and then went to David Fincher Film School,” she says. “There was actually a lot of language about being on set and working on the camera that I didn’t know. David and Ben taught me why they were doing what they were doing, when I had to stay still, and how much to eat on camera when you’re going to do 80 shots” .

However, Coon does not enjoy watching the movie again; She describes the experience as “horrific,” adding, “I’m one of those actors who feels like I should watch myself because that’s how I revealed my habits. But when I watch the girl is goneAll I can see is myself making faces. I think I can refer to my improvement as follows leftovers It continues – I think I’m getting better – but I find my performance in it the girl is gone It’s horrific to watch.”

Another role that I found “difficult” is the extreme CGd villain Proxima Midnight in a Mega-smash. infinity war. hours before the talk, Guardians of the Galaxy Director James John Martin Scorsese criticized for his previous comments about marvel Movies are “closer to amusement parks” than cinemas. As someone who has appeared in a Marvel movie, Coon has been remarkably poised about the raging debate over superhero films and their current contribution to cinema.

Life is too short to be around ** a bunch of holes. I’m not interested in living my life this way

Carrie Kon

“Entertainment serves specific purposes,” she says. “I sign more Avengers than I do for all my other projects combined, and I’ve been in this movie for 15 minutes. It tells me that there is a desire for mythology in a country where there is perhaps a spiritual divide. I think what these films do is offer the equivalent of what It was done by the Greek and Roman gods: it is to tell mythic stories that are ultimately morally useful.”

She continues, “I think maybe someone like Scorsese looks at that and thinks it’s reductive. The debate between good and evil is more subtle – and I think there’s probably more room in a Scorsese movie for that level of complexity. But that doesn’t detract from the value of the more attractive thing in terms of Commercial, therefore, there is a place for it all.”

Kwon Ho’s next starring role in a TV drama gilded age. The series, co-starring Kristen Baransky and Cynthia Nixon, is Julian Fellowes Downton Abbey Follow up and it looks like it’s going to be a huge hit when it’s released in 2022. Then there Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Jason Reitman’s reboot of the beloved franchise popularized by his father Evan in the 1980s. Kuhn has been researched by Reitman. Dworkin has also sought her, no doubt because of her talent for personalizing characters, no matter how small the role, with strong-willed agility and resilience. If Coon was in the ’60s, you can bet Samuel Fuller would have cast it in noir.

“I feel so lucky that I don’t have to work with people I don’t like!” Says. “Not everyone has that luxury, I realize. Life is too short to be around a**holes. I’m not interested in living my life that way.”

Carrie Cohn with her husband, actor and playwright Tracy Letts

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In case Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Kohn was worried that Sony, the studio behind the film, would step in and shoot her. why? “Well, I’m not a big name. I’m at the bottom of the B list or the top of the C list.”

Certainly this is not the case anymore. After all, Coon is clearly someone who has gained recognition for the quality of her talent. When I tell Coon she should be quick to put together that list, she remains unconvinced.

“Let me tell you: I am only famous on the Internet. I could walk down the street, and no one would bother me.” She laughs. “For most people, I’m just another middle-aged lady with two kids.”

“The Nest” opens in cinemas on Friday, August 27

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