There are two brand new photo shoots I have added into the gallery that Mary did to promote her new film Birds of Prey. The first one is from Entertainment Weekly’s Around the Table, where a film cast get together and discuss their movie over a meal. You can see that photo by clicking the thumbnail below and viewing the entire video interview below:
Secondly, Mary has a new photo shoot with WhoWhatWear. Some of the photos are below and some highlights from the interview. Be sure to click the link above to read it in full:
Do you remember when you got the call to come in for this project? What was your initial reaction?
It piqued my interest because it was so female-led. Margot Robbie, the fact that she was starring in it, because I really respect her as an actress, but also the fact that she was producing, I thought was really interesting. I went and watched Cathy Yan’s first film, which I loved, so I really wanted to meet her and talk to her about it. I was really curious about Birds of Prey from the get-go, more so than I think other films in this genre, because I think I thought, Oh, you sort of know what to expect, whereas this was something new to me. I was excited to meet all these women who are strong and interesting and unique.
What was your fitness regimen preparing for this role?
You know, thankfully they didn’t put us on any particular fitness regimen other than training for the roles, which was what do you need to know in order to play this character? What do you need to be able to do? Sometimes I was on my own, sometimes I was with the other girls, but we just had a big warehouse and trained with the stunt team for several months, did a lot of jujitsu, various kinds of martial arts, a lot of drills that would sort of slowly build into choreography over time, so it was really fun. I really loved it. I love working with stunt people because I find them to be just incredible people and so supportive and sweet, and their work ethic is incredible, and obviously their talent is unimaginable. I always find it really inspiring just to be around stunt people. I feel really lucky to get the opportunity to do that.
THR caught up with Mary to discuss Birds of Prey and her upcoming action film Kate (hitting Netflix later this year), and I’ve highlighted some of the Q&A’s below. Be sure to click the link above to read it in full:
In Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins, he made the point that Bruce Wayne is Batman’s mask, figuratively speaking. With that in mind, how would you differentiate Huntress from Helena? Is Huntress her true face, a la Batman?
I think she creates Huntress from Helena. She creates Huntress from the pain that Helena has experienced in her youth. Huntress is the face she can put on to put that pain into action and turn that pain into something good in her eyes. She gets to be an avenger, she gets to have purpose and she gets to be more than just this scared little girl that she was when her family was killed in front of her. I think that’s what the character or persona of Huntress represents to her.
Physically speaking, is this the hardest job you’ve ever had?
It was up until that point. Since then, I’ve moved on and done a much more action-heavy movie [Kate] after Birds of Prey, which was great. But Birds of Prey was definitely a big, huge leap in that direction for me to really train hard with a stunt team and go beyond what I’ve done before in terms of fight training and physicality. I really loved it.
Given the women-led creative team, did you and your castmates have greater camaraderie?
Absolutely. We talked about it a lot. I remember speaking with Jurnee about how she and I have both been in the business since we were kids — well over 20 years now — and how this is the first time this has happened for either of us, which is shocking, strange and not right. But, at the same time, it’s made this experience so special, and it was such a bonding experience for all of us to go through this film together, to be in the trenches together, to be working hard together, to be putting out work that we’re proud of and to have it be our own. It feels great to not be standing behind a bunch of men, but to actually be standing in front of it as women with something that we made, something that we’re proud of and something that we put our blood, sweat and tears into.
Lots more video interviews with Mary promoting Birds of Prey with the cast have also been uploaded and you can view them after the cut.
Mary made her debut last night (Feb. 3rd) on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon and while there, they talked about their time together working on the 2006 film ‘Factory Girl’. They also talked about Birds of Prey and showed a brand new clip! Screen caps will come soon but in the meantime, I also added HQ stills of Mary’s appearance into the gallery. You can also see Mary’s full interview below:
Below are several new interviews Mary and the ladies from the Birds of Prey participated in when they were promoting the film in London and Mexico City. You can view them all below and remember that the film opens this Thursday! You can get tickets here! Additionally, Mary and Margot did a BBC radio interview which you can listen to HERE. I also added a cute promo the cast did to celebrate Carnival in Brazil. You can view that under the ‘more’ tag.
Mary will have a busy schedule next week with Birds of Prey hitting theaters on Friday. She will be doing some promotional work with the cast and by herself in New York and Los Angeles. Below are the list of upcoming appearances she has scheduled:
Mon, February 3, 2020 from 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM EST, she will be at the AOL Build Series. Update: Unfortunately, this event has now been CANCELLED.
On Tuesday, February 4th, Mary along with Margot Robbie, Rosie Perez, Ella Jay Basco & Jurnee Smollett-Bell will be on THE VIEW. (CANCELLED. Mary did not appear, however the rest of the cast did.)
On February 4th, she will also be a guest on Good Morning America along with her co-stars Margot Robbie, Rosie Perez, and Jurnee Smollett-Bell. (CANCELLED. Mary did not appear, however the rest of the cast did.)
Finally, the day before the movie hits on Thursday, February 6, Mary will be on Conan. (CANCELLED)
More interviews featuring the cast of Birds of Prey are coming online each day and today, a couple more interviews have been released. Speaking to Variety, Mary discussed her time working on the soap opera Passions, how it felt to work on a set with women both in front of and behind the camera and what drew her to take on the role of Huntress. They also released a new still of Mary as her character and you can view the HQ image in the gallery. Glamour UK’s interview with them is also listed below. Additionally, you can see an interview Mary did with the rest of the cast here.
What did you know about Huntress before you signed on?
I had a vague awareness of her. Once I heard about the project and I started researching her, I found her to be a really interesting, mysterious kind of character. Then I met with Cathy and Margot. And I became more and more interested in the world that they were building — of all these really quite intriguing women.
What are some ways you feel like you’ve been treated differently as a woman in this industry?
I think it’s just the feeling that there’s an expectation that you’ll always be quiet about everything. That you’ll always be quiet about any sort of mistreatment that’s come that comes your way. There’s an expectation that the women — particularly the young women, or the women who aren’t so famous — would never speak up about it. Because our places within the industry are too fragile for us to risk that. And that expectation is changing.
How old were you when you were on “Passions”?
I was 14 years old. It was my first time coming to Los Angeles, and I ended up on the crazy soap opera. So that’s how that happened.
Were you aware of how utterly batshit it was as you were filming it?
I had no idea. As I was filming it, I certainly became more aware as the days were going on, and as the scripts were coming in. But when I signed on to it, I had no idea what I was doing. They didn’t give a scripts or anything. It was just like, “Oh, there’s a new soap opera. It’s gonna have lots of teenagers and young people. It’s going to air in the summer.” We all just went, “Great. Sounds awesome!” And it was. I mean, it was great.
Below you will find a few interviews Mary and the Birds of Prey cast have been doing to promote the film. 3 new clips have also been released. Stay tuned for more videos as the film gets closer to release date on February 7th!
Last night was the world premiere of Birds of Prey in London, England and Mary looked absolutely stunning in a velvet red dress. She was joined at the event by her co-stars as well as the director of the film Cathy Yan, writer Christina Hodson and composter Daniel Pemberton and some producers. I have added over 200+ photos of Mary at the event to the gallery and you can see some videos below! Another video interview with Mary can also be seen here where she gets interviewed by ET Online.