Another lovely interview from Amy, this time with Female First, where Amy also mentions that she’s filming a new movie this Summer & hopefully she’ll return to season 3 of Person of Interest! As soon as more information becomes available, I’ll be sure to update the site.
Amy Acker reunites with director Joss Whedon this week as she takes on the role of Beatrice in his adaptation of the William Shakespeare play Much Ado About Nothing.
We caught up with the actress to chat about the film, tackling this iconic character and reunited with Whedon.
– Much Ado About Nothing is set to hit the big screen this week so can you tell me a little bit about the film?
The story is a well known Shakespeare play that has become the template for all romantic comedies that have followed. It is just a great story that Joss has brought his own modern, romantic and sexy take to.
We had no expectations of what this could be and the fact that it is being seen by anyone has exceeded our expectations.
– You take on the role of Beatrice in the film so what was it about this character and the script that really drew you to the project?
This is a character that I have loved since I read the play in high school; I would be lying if didn’t say I have sat alone in my bedroom saying the words out loud.
I think it is just one of the best written parts as she is an amazingly strong woman who is so much before her time. I think of Beatrice as a role model for me as a person as well: I wish that I could be like her in real life (laughs).
My first job out of college I played Hero and as a young actress looking up to the actress playing Beatrice it made me know that this was what I really wanted to do.
– You have slightly touched on my next question really as taking on a Shakespeare play of any kind can be a daunting thing so what kind of Shakespeare experience have you had in the past?
I was really lucky because I had an English teacher in high school that was passionate and excited about Shakespeare and shared it with us in a way that made me fall in love with it from the beginning.
In college I went to theatre school that had a summer programme in New Mexico that was a Shakespeare intensive. So we camped out and did a Shakespeare camp; that was a really fun way to get to know his work.
After college I was working at the American Player’s Theatre I got to this play and other classics. I loved all of that and it really was a very exciting way to start my acting career.
– Some people may not be familiar with this play and this story so how are we going to see the character of Beatrice develop throughout the film?
The really cool thing about this movie is that Joss adds an unwritten and silent scene at the beginning of the film that really informs her and Benedick’s history.
It really makes it clear some of the lines that come along later that are always been open to interpretation of what their past exactly was. We decided what we interpreted that to be and then shot it; there is not question as to what has happened with them.
I think you see the place that she is coming from and you see the amazing journey of a woman who is fighting love but eventually succumbs to it.
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