Rebecca Hall: “There’s no experience that doesn’t make you a better actor”

Rebecca Hall has worked with directors like Woody Allen and Stephen Frears.  But she’s quick to admit she’s not ready to walk in their footsteps.

“I think acting can be very frustrating, and there’s no experience that doesn’t make you a better actor,” she told Interview.  “So people may choose to explore their other talents.  But I don’t think there’s any pressure [to direct my own films.]”

However, her lack of interest in directing leaves her with the problem of fighting for the roles she wants.  She confesses she had to “campaign just to read for” her new film, Frear’s Lay the Favorite.  “He didn’t want to read anyone who was not American for the part.  But I told him that I was—I am—half American, I have an American passport.”

Hall originally thought “I was completely wrong for the part,” but persisted anyway.  “I don’t know where I got the balls to do that, to be honest,” the actress said.  “I’m usually very deferential and British and polite about these things, but something just kind of went off in me and I thought, ‘I’ve got to play that part, it’s too nuts and looks like too much fun and I understand it, I don’t know why I should understand it, I don’t know why I am better for it than anyone else,’ but I just knew I had to do it.  It was a curious thing.”

Hall, like any other actor, admits to be being nervous before auditions.  “I get all those sorts of fears, but that’s different,” she said.  “That’s sort of anxiety.”

And like any other actor again, Hall has some audition horror stories.  “Lay the Favorite with Stephen Frears—it ended up as the best, but it started off as the worst,” she said.  “I sat in the room and he just told me before I’d even started the scene: ‘You’re everything that I am not looking for for this role and I will never cast you.  You know that you’re wrong for it and I know that you’re wrong for it, so go on, let’s get it over with.’  Which might have to be the worst thing that anybody’s ever said to me.  But it turned out to be the best, because I probably respond to wanting to prove someone wrong.

“But I also had a terrible audition experience when I was a lot younger, with a strange director who didn’t say anything for a really, really long time, and had an enormous bowl of boiled sweets—like thick gobstoppers, in a bowl, next to him—and there was an awful deadening silence for about 10 minutes or something excruciating where he just sort of looked at me.  Then he offered me one of these sweets and I, out of politeness, accepted it and the moment I put it in my mouth he started asking me questions and it’s very difficult to negotiate and eat a sweet—trying to form articulate sentences at the same time—and it was awful.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Latest Videos

http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/wondercon-falling-skies-intervie.jpg
WonderCon: ‘Falling Skies’ Interview with Moon Bloodgood & Seychelle Gabriel
Moon Bloodgood and Seychelle Gabriel were at WonderCon to talk about the upcoming season of TNT’s ‘Falling Skies’. The show is the story of life and survival in the wake of a catastrophic alien invasion. Noah Wyle stars as Tom Mason, a college professor who became an unlikely resistance leader. Bloodgood is Dr. Ann Glass, [...]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/wondercon-dawn-of-the-planet-of.jpg
WonderCon: ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Press Conference with Gary Oldman & Andy Serkis
Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Andy Serkis and Director Matt Reeves were at WonderCon to talk about the upcoming, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. I loved the first one and can’t wait for this to come out. Serkis is terrific in everything and to watch him go to e-to-toe with Oldman will be a [...]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/wondercon-how-to-train-your-drag.jpg
WonderCon: ‘How To Train Your Dragon 2′ Press Conference with Jay Baruchel
Jay Baruchel and writer/director Dean DeBlois were at WonderCon to chat about the upcoming sequel, How To Train Your Dragon 2. In the press conference, they talk about the film, how Baruchel feels like he’s taken ownership of his character and a bit about his acting career. The film is in theaters June 13th.
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/wondercon-sean-bean-tina-majorin.jpg
WonderCon: Sean Bean, Tina Majorino, Ali Larter & Morris Chestnut Talk ‘Legends’
The cast and executive producer of TNT’s new show, Legends held a press conference at WonderCon to talk about the show, their characters and more. Legends is based on the book by spy novelist Robert Littellon and stars Sean Bean (Game of Thrones, The Lord of the Rings) as Martin Odum, an undercover agent working [...]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/john-turturro-narrates-a-scene-f.jpg
John Turturro Narrates a Scene from His New FIlm, ‘Fading Gigolo’
John Turturro narrates a sequence from his film, Fading Gigolo. The film, which written and directed by Turturro and stars Woody Allen, Sharon Stone and Sophia Vergara, is about how Turturro’s character falls into the becoming a gigolo, thanks to his “pimp”, played by Allen.