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First Alex of Venice Clip Released; New Faults Interview

The first clip of Mary in Alex of Venice has been released via Indiewire. The scene also gives us a first look at Don Johnson playing Mary’s father in the film. Check it out below:

In other news, a brand new interview with Mary talking about Faults and her other projects has been posted online. Click on the link here to read it in full. Below are some highlights:


SCREAM: Riley told me he would show you about ten pages each day as he wrote them. How much input would you say you provided in terms of the story and characters?

MEW: I definitely gave my thoughts on everything that I read and, for the most part, I loved what I was reading so I didn’t have a tonne of stuff to say. I would give little notes about my character and would just kind of gently push him along the way to make sure he gave me something juicy to do, which he did in spades. Some of those notes he took and others he didn’t but I knew that he was making something great so I gave as much constructive criticism here and there as I could but everything ultimately was exciting to me and I knew he was working towards something that I was going to be really excited to be involved in.


SCREAM: I know you had your doubts about taking on the role but you must be delighted that you did in hindsight.

MEW: I’m certainly thankful that I did it now. I always wanted to do it but I think I just had fears about the character and whether or not I could pull it off. I wondered that if I wasn’t his wife that I wouldn’t be the person that he would cast. I guess that, as an actor, because you go through so many rejections you kind of get used to being told you’re not right for something. *laughs* Pretty much any time I get offered something I kind of go, “Are you sure?” I mean, I’ve been told so many times over the years that I’m not right for these kinds of parts that I wonder if can really pull them off. But it’s nice to get the challenge and to feel like you’ve achieved something that you didn’t know whether or not you could do.

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Mary Stuns at the Alex of Venice Premiere

Mary looked totally gorgeous at the Los Angeles premiere of her latest film, Alex of Venice where she was joined by her co-stars Katie Nehra, Don Johnson and Chris Messina (who also directed). Head to the gallery to check out over 150+ photos and view some videos of her below on the red carpet and giving an interview to a reporter discussing her movie and her show, The Returned.

Glamour Magazine also caught up with the cast at the premiere and Mary revealed what it was like to be directed by Messina:

“It was my first time being directed by an actor, and that’s such a luxury. He is somebody that really understands where you’re coming from and can talk to you in a way that makes sense as an actor. He just had such an open, giving, collaborative spirit, and let the camera roll and let us do whatever felt right in the moment. It was a dream scenario for an actor.”

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Chris Messina Praises Mary’s Acting in Alex of Venice; New Silicon Valley Pics

Chris Messina, who directed (and co-stars) in his new film Alex of Venice, got interviewed by Backstage Magazine and gave some insight into Mary’s acting ability:

For Alex, the anchor of the film, Messina knew he needed more than the best actor for the role. “I needed a captain, a team leader. It’s a small movie; we were changing in the car and going, ‘Let’s run over here, the light’s really nice.’ Mary Elizabeth was not only fantastic every day as an actress but a real leader and friend.”

Mary goes on to confirm what a great director Messina is:

“Chris is an unbelievably giving person who goes out of his way to make everyone feel special and important, while being the most self-deprecating person alive toward himself.” She also speaks highly of his prowess as a director. “When he wants something different from an actor, he just lets the scene play out until he finds it. He never forces anything. It’s such a fun way to work.”

In other news, I have added more new photos of Mary at the Silicon Valley premiere from earlier this week which you can view in the gallery.

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Mary’s SAG Conversation for Alex of Venice

Mary and her co-stars Katie Nehra and Chris Messina (who is also the director) took part in the SAG Foundations conversations panel for their new film Alex of Venice, out on video on demand and iTunes April 17. They talked about the film, audition process and their worst auditions, advice to other actors, the most difficult scene to shoot and more. Watch the full interview below:

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Mary Appearing at SAG Foundation Screening for Alex of Venice

Mary will be taking part of a Q&A with her Alex of Venice co-stars Katie Nehra and Chris Messina on Tuesday, March 24 at the SAG Foundation in Los Angeles where they will discuss the film after a screening. You can grab your tickets by clicking here. Address and time is as follows:

Time: 7:00 PM
Check-in begins at: 6:30 PM

SAG Foundation Actors Center – Los Angeles

5757 Wilshire Blvd, Mezzanine Level
Los Angeles, CA(free validated parking)

Alex of Venice follows the story of a workaholic environmental attorney, Alex Vedder (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), who is forced to reinvent herself after her husband (Chris Messina) suddenly leaves the family. Dealing with an aging father (Don Johnson) who still aspires to succeed as an actor, an eccentric sister (Katie Nehra) and an extremely shy son (Skylar Gaertner), Alex is bombarded with everything from the mundane to hilariously catastrophic events without a shoulder to lean on.  Realizing she will thrive with or without her husband, Alex discovers her hidden vulnerability as well as her inner strength as she fights to keep her family intact in the midst of the most demanding and important case of her career.