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.
After staying in Mexico over the weekend, the Birds of Prey cast that includes Mary, Margo, Ella Jay and Jurnee are currently in London where they will have a red carpet premiere there today (January 29). I have added some photos of them at the UK photo call which you can view in the gallery.
In addition to Oracle, Mary Elizabeth Winstead wants other members of the Batman family. Winstead said, “I would love to be against, for us to be a part of the Batman universe. I know our version of Helena isn’t the version of Helena who’s related to Batman,” referring to the pre-Crisis Huntress, who was was actually the daughter of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle. “But still being a part of that universe… the new Catwoman, I think is amazing.”
Referring to the upcoming DC film The Batman, Winstead and the other stars were quick to share their excitement for Zoe Kravitz to take on the role of Catwoman. “I think that’s going to be really exciting,” Winstead said. “I was really into the Michelle Pfeiffer version, but now I’m really really into the Zoe Kravitz version, I’m so excited… That would be amazing, so cool to see how all those characters collide.”
In an interview for Fandango, the cast interview each other on what it’s like to be the first all-female antihero team-up, what it was like to suit up their characters’ wild gear, and how the action sequences set this movie apart from the rest.
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Now that the Birds of Prey promo tour has started, interviews are being done and put online. Below you will see a few interviews and behind the scenes footage of the film. The cast also spoke with Variety at last night’s Harleywood event and defended the film’s R rating. The Birds of Prey cast is currently in Mexico, where they will screen the film for the first time.
“I think it’s very true to who Harley is…She’s the one telling the story, so we see it through her eyes and her eyes are quite poppy and creative and unlike anything else. I think it’s totally uninhibited in every way. That’s what it felt like shooting it. We got to do whatever we wanted. We got to improv. We’re throwing around curse words.”
Mary recently recorded a new podcast episode with her former BrainDead co-star Paige Patterson. In it, they talked about her career longevity, which actors and actresses she’d like to work with, how she’ll be taking some time off after promoting Birds of Prey and an ‘Alien’ reboot. You can listen to the full podcast HERE. I loved listening to that interview and wish it had been longer haha. It’s great!
In related news, a new promo art with Mary as her character Huntress has been released and she looks SO BADASS! Head to the gallery to check out the full-sized pic.
The Birds of Prey promotional tour is kicking off and Mary and her co-stars Margot Robbie, Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Rosie Perez are featured in the new digital issue of Glamour UK. You can also read more about their Glamour shoot here. Click the pics below to view the whole set and see some behind the scenes videos from the shoot.
“I got divorced a couple of years ago, which was a scary, crazy thing for me because I had been with the same person since I was 18 years old, and that was what I knew. All the way through my twenties I was trying very hard to keep myself the same, because another thing I heard a lot growing up was people saying, ‘you’re so great, never change.’ You can take that to heart, in the wrong way, and try to keep yourself from growing too much because you don’t know what’s on the other side. So I was really starting new as an adult for the first time in my life. For me that was a big turning point, being OK with changing, accepting that change is a good thing and that it’s OK not to know where that change is going to take you.”
On how Scott Pilgrim VS the World affected her after it performed poorly at the box office:
“When I was 24 years old, I did this movie, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World and it didn’t do well. Had that happened now I would handle it much better. But I was really disappointed. I thought it was going to be really big and I thought my career was going to change but it didn’t, it just stayed the same. It took a couple of years for me to really wrap my head around being grateful for those couple of years of not really getting much great work and having, I’m- never-going-to-match-anything dark moments. Twentysomething-me couldn’t have the perspective that the thirtysomething-me has on that kind of experience. I had the time to really figure out who I was and what I wanted, and I did exactly that in those couple of dry years after that movie came out.”
On how she’s changed now that she’s in her 30s:
I’ve got to the point where I just don’t give a sh*t. I’ve also had this feminist awakening when you look around and, for a lot of us I think it started happening at the same time as the Me Too movement, a lot of things that had been lying dormant within us started waking up, and realizing so many of us felt the same way and we don’t actually have to accept it.
How did a superhero movie become one of the most feminist films of 2020? For starters, women made all the big decisions. Our digital cover features the stars of ‘Birds of Prey’— @MargotRobbie, @rosieperezbklyn, @jurneesmollett, and #MaryElizabethWinstead https://t.co/Dq6Os6H74D pic.twitter.com/N3cERlHjoO
— Glamour (@glamourmag) January 15, 2020
The cast of Birds of Prey was interviewed by SciFi Now Magazine in Los Angeles a few months ago when they were filming the upcoming DC film. During their visit, they spoke to Jurnee Smollett-Bell (Black Canary), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), and Rosie Perez (Renee Montoya) as well as Chris Messina. Here are some of the highlights from the interview when they spoke to Mary who plays Huntress. You can read the full interview by visiting the gallery and clicking the pics below:
Mary also revealed that the film takes places within 24 hours and there’s something each character wants or needs so it adds a sense of urgency for all of them as to why they’re going to collide and work together. Getting along with the cast was easy for Mary who found them all “fun and funny and reverent and easy to be around.”
Finally, Mary had to do a lot of stunt training, weapons training, and discussed how she felt wearing her Huntress costume, where multiple versions of it will be seen throughout the film thanks to flashbacks:
I’m in quite a few different iterations of that look, and it was just great because they were all outfits that I could move in very easily. I was never in high heels or something so tight I couldn’t kick or roll or move in properly, and it was all very realistic in terms of being tactical…I felt very cool and very empowered, and I just really absolutely loved it.
There is a brand new cast interview in the latest issue of Empire Magazine, which you can check out in the gallery.
The final piece in the puzzle is the militant Huntress, dressed in fishnets, leather, and with braids in her hair. Born Helena Rosa Bertinelli, she is the daughter of a powerful mob boss. As a child, her family was murdered in front of her. She trains to become an assassin to avenge their deaths. Next on her list? Roman. Mary Elizabeth Winstead has always been reluctant to act in a comic-book franchise for fear of being oversexualised. “This was momentous,” she says of working with so many women. “It’s something that was denied to me for so long. It just wasn’t on the table.”
Margot, who is playing Harley Quinn and also producing the film, said that she’s having a hard time letting go of the characters and is already considering sequels or spin-off films for the other characters.
Birds of Prey hits theaters on February 7!
Earlier this week, I mentioned that the Birds of Prey cast was going to be interviewed for the upcoming film in Total Film Magazine and now thanks to Best Of Jurnee, I have added those scans into the gallery.
She thinks Huntress is an absolute badass, because anybody who can kill that effectively and be such a mess in the head with all that childhood trauma–that’s thrilling to Harley, so she loves Huntress.
Mary on working with Margot:
She’s incredibly smart and savvy. She has a real understanding of the whole picture. It’s not like, ‘this is the Harley show, and what’s going on with Harley.’ She’s thinking about every character, and every story beat, and if it’s working or not.
Mary on her Huntress costume:
I felt so cool. I felt totally empowered and feminine. But also, I was able to move. I was able to carry weapons. I was able to do other things that the Huntress could actually be doing. And so that felt great. There was never a moment where I was like, ‘I can’t do this stunt because my pants are too tight.
Total Film Magazine’s upcoming issue features the cast of Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) on their latest cover and you can view the HQ images in the gallery! Check back this Friday for the full interview with the cast (including Mary!!) and more photos!
“It’s very much like the comic books where you pick up in a totally different place, and it doesn’t directly link to what happened before,” Robbie tells our sister publication Total Film magazine . “But at the same time it’s not such a leap that you’re like, ‘Oh, what’s going on?!'”
Director Cathy Yan adds that Birds of Prey is “definitely a standalone movie” with fleeting connections to Suicide Squad, such as Harley having the same mallet. “It was really fun to create our own movie, and to not feel like it had to be a sequel or a continuation of Suicide Squad,” she says.
As for if Birds will have a connection to the upcoming Suicide Squad sequel set for 2021, Margot said this:
“Tonally, David Ayer’s world looks different to [Birds’] world, which will look different to James’s world,” she says. “So, no, there’s not a direct connection. But like the comics, it doesn’t cancel out one or the other.”
Margot also said she really enjoyed working with her female co-stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez, Ella Jay Basco and [director] Cathy Yan:
We bonded in a different way. I think that there was an immediate understanding between the women. We could all recognise that, ‘This is sick. We’re the chicks, and we get to do this shit. This is awesome.’”
That ready-made connection may be crucial to the movie’s success, and it’s one Robbie said was already present early on: “We didn’t really need to work at finding a bond, because we kind of all clicked to begin with. And we also did chemistry reads beforehand. So we all bounced off each other quickly and easily.”
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) hits theaters on February 7, 2020.
A couple of news items have been released ever since Mary along with the Birds of Prey cast hit CCXP in Brazil last week. First up (and most importantly), yesterday at last night’s video game awards, a TV spot was shown for the upcoming film that hits theaters on February 7 and you can watch that clip below:
Also, Margot Robbie spoke with Collider on how the film came to be while on the set of 2016’s Suicide Squad:
“Harley does so much better when she has people to play with.’ I kept thinking that in real life I had such a girl gang, like my group of girlfriends, and I just want Harley to have a girl gang. It really started with Huntress. I just loved Huntress, and with my initial pitch on the story, I said I wanted to keep it quite contained, get no bigger, and no world-ending stakes. Like the stakes were as big as perhaps mafia level or gang level. That’s when I started reading a lot of Huntress comics, obviously coming from a mafia family, and found her story. Plus, I always gravitate… well, not always, but I do often gravitate towards a revenge story because it is so straight forward, but you are so clearly motivated.”
In other news, Birds of Prey is IMDB’s top choice for the most anticipated film of 2020 according to The Wrap.