Elizabeth and Andrew were interviewed by Coming Soon.Net about One and Two and you can read parts with Elizabeth here on the site!
CS: How did the two of you meet for the first time?
Andrew Droz Palermo: Skype!
Elizabeth Reaser: Yeah, we met on Skype. Which is weirdly intimate in a weird way. I’m always afraid I’m going to make a terrible fool out of myself. I think I did, actually, and I said way too much. But I guess it worked!
Palermo: The film lends itself to talking about family. We were both, I think, very forthcoming about our own families, which is something that I really admired about her.
CS: You also had a partner in the writing of “One & Two.” How did that partnership form?
Palermo: Yeah, I wrote it with my childhood friend Neima Shahdadi. I had written a first draft and then brought Neima on to help me shape it up and to give me some fresh eyes.
Reaser: When I came on, it was a finished script. There were some changes along the way and when we were shooting. Andrew is the least precious writer I have ever seen when it comes to words. He’s the first to say, “This is terrible! I have to cut this!” It’s actually never terrible. It’s always pretty great. But he really knows what he needs or doesn’t need in the moment. It was always about finding the scene and not just finding some idea of the scene written a year and a half ago.
Palermo: Does that become more like theater rehearsals, then?
Reaser: Well, in theater, the director is kind of like the King and then the writer, if they’re alive, is kind of like God. You’re just hoping for the best. If it’s a new play, you can get rewrites every day. But once it’s written, you can’t change a syllable. That’s how I was brought up. You don’t improvise.
CS: The pairing of Kiernan Shipka and Timothée Chalamet works so well. How did those two come to join the cast and what made them right to play off one another?
Palermo: Also through casting. I had seen Kiernan on “Mad Men.” I hadn’t yet seen anything that Timothée had done, but I saw clips from “Homeland.” He’s a very, very different character on that show. When we first met, we talked a bit about that. I guess he’s kind of arrogant on the show. I haven’t seen it in the context of the show at all. I’ve just seen clips in isolation. I wanted him to be much more insulated and brooding. He’s trying to deal with everything and he feels kind of like he’s got the weight of the world on his shoulders. He’s trying to keep the family together in his way. He handled that so well. He’s such a smart, sensitive, perceptive young man. It’s great to watch because he’s reading a lot and watching a lot of movies. I don’t know if it reminds you, Elizabeth, of your youth or anything, but I really appreciate that thirst for knowledge.
Reaser: I hate to say it, but he doesn’t remind me of me. He’s so much more impressive! He’s not afraid of his energy. He’s not trying to be cool or to act older all the time.
CS: Did your schedule allow for much of a rehearsal process?
Palermo: There was no rehearsal process for this film. I would love to do that differently in the future, time permitting. It’s hard to do. Actors’ schedules are tough. Movie schedules are tough. Everyone is coming from different places. I do hope that everyone had time for what we needed on set. I never wanted to rush people.
Reaser: It was the least rushed I’ve ever felt on a movie in my life. We never went over.
Palermo: Yeah, we had a really well-run set and we’d sort of get the chance to rehearse on set. Jeff Keith was our AD and was amazing. He’d give me the room and I’d say, “Jeff, I’d like to talk with everybody. We’re going to work through it and talk about lines.” We’d maybe cut a line or add a line and then we’d bring in everybody, show them what we want to do, and then set up.
Reaser: I almost never don’t feel rushed and terrified. It was such a help because the movie needs for you to be allowed to be slow. You have to walk slowly and breath slowly. You have to slow down your whole inner life.
CS: You’re also acting within some truly beautiful environments. Does actually being in that world help influence your performance?
Reaser: I think it informs everything, really being there and being on location as opposed to faking it. We were definitely out in the middle of nowhere. There was no running to the store.
Palermo: Or cell phone reception, which was horrible for production, but also great for production. Everyone was forced to not sit around on their iPhones while waiting for the next set up.
Reaser: Yeah, people were forced to talk to each other and interact.
Palermo: (laughs) Yeah, they were forced to just talk or read. For me, that setting was perfect. The first time I went to that house, I wasn’t sold on it. I think it was just so hot. It was like 100 degrees. I just thought, “I don’t know about this house. This is crazy. I want out of here.” Then I revisited it with a sort of more open mind. Sitting on the front of that home and thinking about the fact that that would be all that the characters know. I would think of it being their home and owning the home, the barn, the animals and the land. It really helped me. Elizabeth befriended the donkey.
Reaser: The donkey, the dog and the chickens. There was always a dog around.
CS: There’s a very somber tone to the film itself. Does what’s going on behind the camera ever have to match that?
Reaser: Well, a lot of the tone behind the scenes had to do with Grant Bowler. He’s the craziest Australian jokester of all time.
Palermo: He’s a showman.
Reaser: He’s a showman and does a lot of accents and has a lot of stories. He would talk about Australia and so many other things. We had fun. Then, when it was time to work, he’d get so serious so fast.
Palermo: I found myself needing to kind of get into the zone a little more. Actors, I think, are so in tune with being able to get into the zone instantly. I had to kind of method direct. I would put my headphones in and just think about the movie. Like you say, Elizabeth, you sometimes feel very rushed on sets. When you’re the director, you know that you need to be hurrying up. You know there’s this machine happening around you while everyone is doing their thing. For me, it was so important to be able to have a shot and have it sit. Some shots, after it looked like the action was done, we’d just let sit there for 30 seconds. I would just sort of watch all the nature and breathe. I think that helped everyone take it a little easier.
Reaser: That’s so true. You somehow did, but I think that most directors don’t know that actually makes you feel more relaxed and trusting of the director because it makes you look so confident and controlled, which you are.
CS: When you’re dealing with a story that is, in many ways, allegorical, how important is it, Elizabeth, that you’re both on the same page as far as delivering what he may perceive as an underlying theme?
Reaser: It’s funny. If I had my druthers, I would have sat him down for days on end and just interrogated him until the cows came home. We didn’t have that kind of time, so I had to go do my homework. No director in the world wants to have that conversation with me. At a certain point, they’re like. “I don’t care. Just go away.”
Palermo: I would have welcomed it, if we had had the time!
Reaser: I’ve sort of learned over the years, though, that that’s my job. I have to figure it out and then bring my own story to the table.
Elizabeth gave multiple interviews at the SXSW Film Festival one she did was with the director of One and Two Andrew. You can read the questions and listen to their responses here.
The other two interviews you can see below!
I have also added another photo of Elizabeth at the festival which you can see here!
Elizabeth went to the 2015 SXSW Film Festival on Sunday with her co-star Tim and you can see photos in the gallery!
According to TV Line Elizabeth has joined the cast of Mad Men!
When does the final season of Mad Men start? Any scoops? –Kathi
The acclaimed AMC drama launches its very final, seven-episode salvo on April 5. And having seen the season premiere — and after consulting the list of things we have been asked not to reveal – I shall tease:
* One of the characters goes on a surprising blind date
* An iconic hosiery product makes its debut
* Elizabeth Reaser fills a quite interesting role
* At least three series regulars are nowhere to be seen
* There will be a debate over who looks the most groovy these days, Stan or Ted
* There is a randomly spilled glass of red wine that is sure to launch 1,000 think pieces on “Who will die?”
The way this is worded makes me think that all this will be happening in the premiere episode which airs on April 5. We will just have to watch and see!
Congratulations Elizabeth on your next role!
Hi everyone! You can now buy your tickets to see One and Two at the Berlin International Film Festival! To get your tickets go to the One and Two page here and click one of the dates with the ticket symbol to the right of the page. Be sure to keep checking the page as tickets for the 13 and 14 should be available soon!
One and Two will also be playing at SXSW so be sure to register for your badge here! I hope you enjoy the movie and be sure to let everyone know what you thought of it on the comments here on the site!
There is now a official website for the movie which you can visit here! Hopefully content will be added soon!
I have added new pictures of Elizabeth to the gallery including the first picture of her in One and Two which you can see here!
Liberal Arts is going to be released on DVD in France under the title Love And Other Lessons! The DVD will come out on February 3!
To keep up to date on news for the DVD be sure to like their Facebook page here!
Hi everyone! I hope you all had a great holiday and new year! ♥
First I want to let you know that Hello, My Name is Dorris will premiere at SXSW this year! You can sign up to get your movie badge here!
Also I came across this old behind the scenes picture with Elizabeth and some other cast on the set of One and Two! Be sure to check out the official Facebook page here! Hopefully we will get premiere news on this movie soon!
Portroids.com takes photos of people and has the picture signed as it develops and Elizabeth had her picture taken! Check it out in the gallery!
Thanks to Victoria on Twitter @toriroz13 we have a new photo of Elizabeth!