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Elizabeth Reaser! You may remember her from her recurring role on the hit series Grey's Anatomy as Jane Doe/Ava or the short-lived CBS show The Ex List.
She is best known as Esme Cullen in The Twilight Saga which became very successful.
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HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE AND MORE!
Posted by Kim in 0 on Feb 16 2012 || Commenting is disabled ||
You can see a production highlights video from How I Learned to Drive below! I LOVE this because we see Elizabeth acting as Li'l Bit!!!
I have links to How I Learned to Drive reviews and you can see them here and here!
Also I have 2 interviews from 2010 that I don't think were posted on the site and you can see them here and here!
As I said another interview from Broadway.com was going to come out today (the day How I Learned to Drive is playing) and you can read it below!
How did How I Learned to Drive bring you back to the New York stage? I’ve been looking for a play for a long time, but I’ve gotten really busy with other things. There is probably no better role for a woman of my age than Li’l Bit. To get to play all these different ages and have all these different experiences, and also to work with Norbert and [director] Kate [Whoriskey] it was a dream situation. It was sort of a no-brainer for me.
Did you know the play well? I’d heard about it when I was in school, but I didn’t see it then because I was a little scared of the content, or what I thought was the content. I thought it was about a girl being molested, and it turns out it’s really not. It’s a play about family and memory, it’s a love story and a coming of age story, and it’s very funny. I read it and I thought, "OK, this is probably the scariest thing I’ll ever do and the most exciting thing I could ever be a part of."
And is it scary? It’s terrifying. It’s a brilliant, beautiful play, and I feel a huge responsibility to Paula [Vogel] and a real responsibility to Norbert, who I’m a big fan of. It really matters to me what he thinks, and working with him has just been incredible. I also haven’t done a play in a long time.
Were you nervous to be back in front of a live audience? I’m nervous every night. In a movie or in TV, anyone can pull something out of their ass one time, and with some music and some editing…[laughs]. I’m not trying to take anything away from film acting because it’s also really hard and I worship the people who are great at it. But to actually have to go out on stage night after night and do it with your audience right there is so wild and scary and exciting and fun and all the things that I remember loving about it. I really have fallen in love with the experience again.
You couldn’t ask for a better co-star for your first time back on stage. When I found out it was Norbert, it was like, "I have to do it." Honestly, I would do anything just to work with him again, and we’ve been talking about it, saying we want to do Much Ado About Nothing together or something like that.
Specifically something classical? Yeah, we were talking about either a Chekhov play or some Shakespeare. That would be great, I haven’t worked on a classical play in so many years. I think I’d really need Norbert to do it too.
Li'l Bit in Drive couldn’t be further from vampire mom Esme in Twilight. Was that the idea? Definitely. I needed to do a play. I needed to learn how to act again, in a focused, all-encompassing way, and a really challenging play is a great way to do that. I was not looking to go do another vampire movie, I’ll say that.
Were you ever wary of taking a role in such a huge tween franchise? No, because I never think of it in those terms, I think, "What’s the role and who’s the director?" I thought Catherine Hardwicke was amazing, and I thought the idea of these kind of vegetarian vampires was cool. Also, I honestly didn’t think it was going to be a big deal. It’s exciting to be part of something that so many people respond to and are fans of. It’s flattering. I mean, it has way more to do with Esme than with me, but I’ve enjoyed the experience.
Are you super maternal in real life? It’s the weirdest thing, because I’m not; I think I’m actually childish in a lot of ways. That’s one of the things that’s so fun about playing Li’l Bit, I get to connect to the parts of me that are actually more a part of me, day to day. I think I just have the face of someone who seems kind. I look like a nice person and that translates to being a nice mom, and I really think that’s all it is.
In interviews you’ve described your own teenage self as a bad girl. What do you mean? Oh, man. I was like running away from home, going to Detroit and partying all night, sneaking out of the house and not coming home, having lots of boyfriends, telling everybody off, getting on a train to California in the middle of the night. I was really out of control.
Hold up: How old were you when you got on a train to California? I was 16. In the middle of the night I took a taxi to the Detroit train station—or maybe it was the Pontiac train station?—and got on a train to Chicago, then transferred to a train to San Diego where my boyfriend was living at the time.
Your mom must have freaked out. I was living alone with my dad at that point, and he was traumatized. I think he thought I was kidnapped or something. It was a horrible thing to do. That’s why I’m always telling my friends with kids, “You’re so lucky. You have the best kids.”
Do your teenage years make you hesitant to have kids of your own? I don’t think so. I love kids, my sister has four boys and I’m obsessed with them. It just hasn’t been the thing that’s really driven me in life, for whatever reason.
When did you turn yourself around? I think I was 18 when I knuckled down. I knew I wanted to be an actress, and I knew if I was just partying and not taking care of myself that it was never gonna happen. So I got the courage to commit to that idea, and it made me clean up my act to an almost boring extent. In drama school I would never go out, and drama school is the time to go out. That’s the time to get drunk and make out with everyone, and I was always in a relationship, I never wanted to go out; I never wanted to drink. I was really focused at that point because I’d kind of burned out at such a young age.
You’ve done a bit of everything: stage work, TV, indie film, blockbusters. What about Broadway? I hope so! My whole life, it’s what I’ve wanted to do. I have so many friends that are on Broadway or have been on Broadway and I’m super jealous. I’d be the fulfillment of a lifelong dream, for sure.
It must be fun being back in the theater community, with people like your Puccini for Beginners co-star Justin Kirk just up the street in Other Desert Cities. It really is. He’s two blocks away from me and we hang out all the time. In L.A. we live on the same street. I can walk to his house. We’re like, best friends.
So do you guys hang out after your shows? All the time! The only thing I would ask is that his show gets out a little earlier, because I have to wait like 45 minutes for him and I hate it [laughs]. But it’s been such a joy. When he got the offer for Other Desert Cities I’d already committed to doing How I Learned to Drive, so I was really pushing for him to do it.
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BREAKING DAWN - PART 1 AND 2 + THE GOOD WIFE!!!
Posted by Kim in 0 on Feb 10 2012 || Commenting is disabled ||
I've got a lot of new information for you today! First just so you know Breaking Dawn - Part 1 comes out on DVD tomorrow in the US so you can get your DVD then! As it has been in the past different versions are going to be available in stores and to see them all you can go here! The movie will also be on Movies on Demand from tomorrow to August 31, 2012!
The Breaking Dawn - Part 2 movie trailer will be released on March 23rd with the movie The Hunger Games. The post says trailer but I think it's going to be a teaser trailer because those come out first. Lets all hope Elizabeth will be in it and if not she's in the trailer!!!
I found out earlier that Elizabeth will be back this season on The Good Wife!!!
Lastly, as we revealed in this week’s episode of Spoiler Alert!, Elizabeth Reaser is set to reprise her role as Will’s ex-girlfriend Tammy in an upcoming episode.
The next new episode of The Good Wife will air on the 19th at 9/8c on CBS but I'm not sure what episode coming up Elizabeth will be in. If any of you know or find out please let me know by emailing me or sending a Tweet to the sites Twitter page!
ELIZABETH AND NORBERT INTERVIEW
Posted by Kim in 0 on Feb 9 2012 || Commenting is disabled ||
A article with Elizabeth and Norbert talking about How I Learned to Drive is out! Check it out:
NEW YORK -- The morning after a recent rehearsal of "How I Learned to Drive," Elizabeth Reaser looks over a sheet of paper listing the things her director thinks she needs to work on next time.
She sighs and turns over the page.
"I tend to get more than anyone else," she says, sadly. "Notice Norbert doesn't have one of these."
That would be Norbert Leo Butz, the two-time Tony Award winner of "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" and "Catch Me if You Can," who is sitting beside Reaser on a couch in the lounge of the hip Second Stage Theatre.
"I offered to pay an extra $100 per note," he jokes.
Reaser and Butz are trying to create as much humor offstage as they tackle a difficult work on stage: Paula Vogel's "How I Learned to Drive," the Pulitzer Prize winning play that deals with pedophilia, damaged lives and shattered memories.
Reaser, an Emmy Award nominee perhaps best known as the matriarch of the Cullen clan in the "Twilight" films, has been looking for a play to sink her teeth into and says "this is the role of a lifetime."
While the play's pedophilia gets the most attention, both actors insist there's much more than just a predator-victim relationship at work here. They stress that the relationship between uncle and niece is hardly black and white.
"For me, it really is a love story. Obviously, there's transgressions. There are things that happen that are incredibly wrong morally and legally and ethically, but for me it really is a love story," says Reaser, 36.
Reaser and Butz hadn't worked together before, and they've bonded over the chore ahead. Butz admits that self-doubt triggered a panic attack weeks before rehearsals but his quick friendship with Reaser has proved calming.
"I'm so lucky to have this one here – he gestures to his couch-mate – "because I don't know how I could have done it, specifically with this play. We just got sort of blessed."
Reaser, whose film credits include "Sweet Land" and who played Ava on television's "Grey's Anatomy," volleys back the love to her co-star: "He's just so incredible. He's such an amazing actor."
That prompts Butz to keep the compliments coming. "You know what working with Elizabeth is like? I'm a guitar player – it's like I've got a great bass player or drummer..."
"Backup singer?" Reaser quickly offers, laughing.
"It's just fun," Butz says. "It feels like jamming with a musician friend of mine."
They've had so much fun together that they've decided their work as a team isn't over.
"I'm trying to find other plays for us to do," says Reaser.
"We sit and dream about other things we can do," says Butz.
They both start listing other potential works, ending with "Much Ado About Nothing."
"Let's put it out there," says Butz. "We're both dying to do that."
"That would be fun," says Reaser.
For now, it's not all fun. Both actors were well aware that Vogel is a playwright who doesn't exactly shrink from taking on tough topics, whether it's AIDS in "The Baltimore Waltz" or prostitution in "The Oldest Profession."
Reaser and Butz say Vogel's writing has somehow managed to help them avoid going into any creepy places in their minds eight times a week.
Speaking of pages, Reaser is asked if she'll reveal just one of the items on her sheet of paper that director Kate Whoriskey says she needs to work on. The actress wrinkles up her face but gamely picks a note.
"`Dissociation gaze during back roads,'" she reads. She flips the paper over again and laughs: "It's more a technical note. But I'm already pretty dissociative throughout the course of this play."
Another new/old Breaking Dawn press interview is out and I think it has really funny moments between Peter and Elizabeth! Check it out:
HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE INTERVIEW
Posted by Kim in 0 on Feb 7 2012 || Commenting is disabled ||
Another interview with Eizabeth talking about How I Learned to Drive has come out! Check it out:
A part in a Pulitzer Prize-winning play is usually reason to rejoice. So it might be surprising that Elizabeth Reaser was frightened when she first found out she had scored the starring role in “How I Learned to Drive.” “I got a call two months ago about it and I immediately was just terrified and freaked out,” says Reaser. “It’s such a hard play. And it’s a huge responsibility for the actress playing Li’l Bit.
“I have all these monologues where I talk to the audience,” she adds. “It’s really intimate. And then I have this huge love affair with my uncle to contend with. So it’s just a huge thing to step into.”
After the initial anxiety, Reaser, who most recently played Esme Cullen in the “Twilight” saga, embraced the role.
“The play is just amazing,” she says. “The character is probably the greatest character I’ll get to play. The amazing thing for me is to get to go back and play an 11-year-old and a 13-year-old and all these different ages, which obviously as an actress you don’t normally do.
“No one’s going to hire me to play a 13-year-old in a movie,” adds the 36-year-old stage, film and TV actress. “So I’m exploring these things in this fun, dangerous way, and I’m having a blast.”
Reaser, who was living in New York during the play’s original run while studying drama at Juilliard, did not see it then.
“I thought, ‘I don’t want to deal with this subject matter,’ ” she recalls. “I think that unconsciously was my take on it. I didn’t realize what it really was. I thought pedophilia. I didn’t know it was this love story, and that it was funny. I just didn’t get what it was at the time.”
“Because it’s a great play, it really takes care of you as an actor and carries you along,” says Reaser. “But I definitely am exhausted and haven’t really slept in a month. I’m feeling it for sure.”
To prepare for the part, she met with a survivor of sexual abuse.
“And I read a lot of accounts,” she says. “There’s so much going on in the news about this stuff all the time. And there are so many stories unfortunately of this everywhere you turn.”
Reaser hadn’t met Norbert Leo Butz, who stars as Uncle Peck, until they were both cast. But she says she was obsessed with him as an actor.
“He’s so brilliant and I couldn’t believe I was going to get to do this play with him,” she says.
But their first meeting was awkward. “We were just laughing about this the other day because we were both really shy and nervous,” Reaser reveals. “We got there first, so it was just me and him.
“It felt like a first date and it was super weird, but great,” she adds. “He’s so sweet and nice, but I was nervous and trying to act cool and wasn’t.”
The most uncomfortable scene for the audience comes towards the end of the play with a flashback to when Li’l Bit was 11, on a road trip with Uncle Peck. It’s the most graphic scene and is the start of the sexual abuse.
“We were working slowly through the play, so we ended up not getting to [this scene] right away and we knew that it was coming,” says Reaser. “And on the day when we actually were rehearsing it, we were all just wrecked, including the director.
“It’s one of those scenes where we don’t know how to even really approach it,” she says. “You just have to do it. We definitely don’t enjoy rehearsing it and it never got any easier, especially for Norbert.”
While Li’l Bit is away at college, she tries to distance herself from her uncle, who is counting down the days to her 18th birthday so that he can legally sleep with her. When she does turn 18, she cuts him off completely, and Uncle Peck ultimately drinks himself to death.
“I think it’s hard for Li’l Bit to muster up energy and joy and love of life,” Reaser says. “But I think that that’s her true nature and after everything that she’s been through, she says, ‘I know I’m lucky.’
“She got to love someone and it was f—ed up and wrong, but it was a real love of her life and a real loss when he died,” she adds. “She has a real survivor’s perspective and a sense of humor more than anything else. She really gets the humor of life. As dark as that may seem at times, I think that that’s part of what helps her survive.”