September 21 • by Jessica • Comments are off for this post
Mary looks very elegant in a brand new photoshoot with The Laterals. In the interview, she talks about her career and wanting to either direct in the future or star in a play. You can read the whole thing by clicking the link above and head to the gallery to check out the new photos!
Tell us about your very first time acting. If you could go back and give that younger version of yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
Well, my first professional acting job came when I was twelve, as a guest star on a television show. I loved it. I was overwhelmed with joy just to be there, to be a part of it. I would tell myself to hold onto that feeling and don’t sweat the rest. I’d tell myself not to waste time on self-doubt and trying to be everything to everyone all of the time. I’d say just be yourself because ultimately, that will be enough.
Most people recognize you from your breakout role as Ramona Flowers in Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. That must have been such a fun experience. Can you share with us one of your favorite moments or learnings from that time?
Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World was a really special experience for a lot of reasons, and it brought some of the most important people in my life to me and I’m so thankful for that. Several of my closest friends came out of making that movie. It was a real challenge and we were doing something that felt really new and different, and I think that bonded us in a way. So Ramona Flowers will always be close to my heart!
This leads us to your upcoming project All About Nina, coming out later this month. Tell us what we can look forward to with this film.
I’m so proud of All About Nina. Making this movie with our writer-director Eva Vives was really special and something I’ll never forget. I play a stand-up comedian working through trauma in a very male-dominated world. I guess you could call it a comedic drama or a very dark comedy. It goes so many places and because when I’m playing Nina, I went to all those places with her. It was intense and fun and exciting and I can’t wait for people to see it.
We are also excited about Gemini Man, which was directed by Ang Lee. Tell us a little more about this project and what was your experience was like working with him.
Ang is amazing. In his soft-spoken way, he expects a lot from his actors and his crew, pushing everyone to be their best. I have so much respect for him and working with him was a real privilege. I hope I get to do it again one day.
September 21 • by Jessica • Comments are off for this post
Last night in Los Angeles, Mary and her fellow ‘All About Nina‘ director Eva Vives attended the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s screening of the film. I have added photos of her at the event into the gallery, and you can also watch the Q&A interview below. The film will hit select theaters on September 28.
September 20 • by Jessica • Comments are off for this post
Multiple outlets inclding THR & Deadline are reporting that Mary Elizabeth Winstead has either “tested or read” for the role of Huntress in DC’s upcoming film Birds of Prey, with Margot Robbie attached to reprise her role of Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad.
Other actresses including Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who starred in Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time, and Jurnee Smolett-Bell, who appeared in the critically acclaimed WGN series Underground, are in the mix for Black Canary.
Production is scheduled to begin next year in January with final decisions on the above roles in the next two weeks.
I will keep you all updated on this very exciting news!!
September 19 • by Jessica • Comments are off for this post
With All About Nina about to released in a week, Mary will be making a couple appearances at some film festivals and other places. First up will be at the Los Angeles Film Festival on September 23 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. A Q&A with the cast will follow with the cast after the screening.
Next, she will attend the AOL Build series on September 27. Tickets are currently available which you can get here. This is a free event, but you must register to attend.
Afterwards, she will attend the Montana Film Festival and do a Q&A after the screening, but will only attend the Saturday night viewing on October 6 at 6pm. You can get tickets for that HERE. Admission for this festival is also free.
September 17 • by Jessica • Comments are off for this post
With the film being released in 10 days(!!), I have added a couple of new HQ stills of Mary in her upcoming film All About Nina to the gallery. You can view them by clicking on the pics below. Hopefully more will be coming out real soon.
In related news, All About Nina will also show at USC in the Ray Stark Family Theatre. Director Eva Vives will attend along with editor Saira Haider. There’s free admission and open to the public, but RSVPs are required. You can find more info HERE.
September 13 • by Jessica • Comments are off for this post
In a new interview with Ion Cinema, director Eva Vives revealed how she decided to cast Mary in her new film All About Nina, hitting select theaters on September 28. Be sure to click the link to read it in full:
I was wondering what characteristics, sensibilities, perhaps even previous roles help shape your casting choice for Mary Elizabeth Winstead? What were those first conversations like about the character of Nina like?
Vives: Well, most of her work really because I think she’s fantastic and versatile and layered and subtle, which is not valued these days as much as it should be. Specially in women. But the moment that made me fall in love with her (and I told her this) was the scene when she pisses herself in SMASHED. And even more specifically, a particular moment right after she pees when she actually looks relived and happy for a second! I love that. I rewatched it again when I was thinking about casting her and I thought: someone who can play all those emotions so quickly, can also play Nina.
The biggest question for Nina (for any actress) was anger. The very first meeting I had with Mary she said the over-riding emotion for her for Nina was rage. The minute she said that word, I knew we saw her the same way. We had a lot of conversations (on set specially) about how much rage she was keeping down at any given moment. She’s a tough character to play because of all the things she doesn’t say. That’s what I think Mary excels at – and that’s saying a lot because she’s such a great actor overall. I also particularly enjoyed seeing her come to her anger with Nina because Mary is SO not like that. So it was really an amazing transformation to witness.
I would say “action” and she would just… turn into someone else. I remember one day, when we were shooting the first scene with Jay Mohr and Mary said her line: “Have fun jacking off to me tonight.” Jay asked her to say it again and Mary was like: “No, fuck off!” And Jay was like: “No, I just need to get my line right.” We all started laughing because she was so in character that she told him to fuck off which is exactly what Nina would have done.
Lavallee: Can you discuss the collaborative process you had with your cinematographer?
Vives: Thomas Scott Stanton, my wonderful DP, was seminal in helping me choose the look of the film, of course. But also, and since we are acknowledging the contributions that key people have on film, I want to say that Thomas was so so great in dealing with actors.
or example, in the scene in which Nina cries in the bathroom… I went to see Mary in her trailer and as soon as I saw her, I realized she was ready to go. So I left and ran back to the set and the bathroom where Thomas was lighting with his team and I said: “She’s ready. We gotta go.” And he saw my face and understood, I didn’t want to miss it, to let the moment pass with Mary. So he said: Ok.
She came in, I said lets just do one shot and let it go and see what happens and the minute I said action, she started crying like… she hadn’t in years (the character I mean). We let her cry as long as she wanted, until she was done. I checked in with Thomas a couple of times. He gave me the thumbs up. And that was that.
It sounds simple but he could have fucked that up by adjusting lights too much or being precious about something in that moment. He understood that Mary’s performance was integral to the film and if he didnt get that, the rest didnt matter.
August 22 • by Jessica • Comments are off for this post
A new slate of films have been added to this year’s LA Film Festival and among them is Eva Vives’ All About Nina starring Mary and Common. The film will premiere one month from today, on September 23 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.
You can purchase tickets HERE. And in case you missed the trailer, check it out below.
August 15 • by Jessica • Comments are off for this post
The day has finally arrived! The debut trailer for Mary’s film All About Nina hit the web last night and as always, this looks like it’s going to be great! I’ve added the poster/banner as well as HD screen caps of Mary from the trailer, all of which you can view below/in the gallery. Additionally, Mary spoke with EW about taking on the role.
Trailer Screen Caps
“It was an incredible opportunity to play somebody who really runs the gamut of what life can throw at you. It’s emotional, it’s funny, it’s dark, it’s romantic. It really has a little bit of everything.”
As for working with rapper/actor Common, Mary had this to say…
“At first their connection is a bit strange because neither of them has ever met anybody like the other before,” Winstead says. “It’s setting something off in each other that neither of them really understands, and that’s particularly difficult for Nina in the beginning because she has a way of operating with men that she’s very comfortable with, even though it’s very unhealthy. When she meets Rafe, it’s so different than what she’s used to that she doesn’t quite know how to handle it.”
The film will hit select theaters on September 28.