The English Oxford alum turned Bond girl turned best actress Oscar nominee opens up about breaking out of early typecasting with ‘An Education,’ playing her first leading film role in ‘Gone Girl’ and, in perhaps her most challenging assignment yet, portraying war correspondent Marie Colvin in Matt Heineman’s new film.
“I’m in an interesting place because I feel I’m free, actually,”
Says the actress Rosamund Pike as we record an episode of The Hollywood Reporter‘s ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast at Toronto’s Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. The 39-year-old, an English Oxford alum turned Bond girl turned best actress Oscar nominee who is contending in that category again this season for her portrayal of war correspondent Marie Colvin in Matt Heineman’s A Private War, continues:
“I feel I’m free of a lot of the things that troubled me in my early twenties. I’ve got nothing really to hide. I’m working with directors who see that. And if you completely trust someone and you open yourself up, exciting things come out of it. I’m feeling like I’ve shed a few layers of skin; sometimes I feel like I’m quite skinless at the moment. It could be because I’ve played Marie Colvin and then after that Marie Curie [for the forthcoming film Radioactive], two real women who led big lives and who touched me very, very deeply. And I think when you enter into someone’s life like that, it sort of takes you over, body and soul, in a way. If you can get yourself out of the way and be a channel, some very interesting things come out. It’s what I’m working on, anyway.”