Actor Moon Bloodgood talks about her role and experiences in her first no action flick Faster.
In the new action film Faster, Moon Bloodgood stars as Marina, a woman wrestling with the demons of her past and a volatile relationship with Billy Bob Thornton’s Cop — a veteran police officer whose world is turned upside down when an ex-con (Dwayne Johnson’s, driver) hits the streets to avenge his brother’s death.
Born and raised in California, Bloodgood has previously starred in hits like Terminator Salvation, Street Fighter and the popular US TV series, Journeyman. With her exotic good looks she also remains a perennial men’s magazine favourite.
DO YOU HAVE A LOT OF ACTION SEQUENCES IN YOUR NEW FILM?
I don’t get to do any of that stuff! Which actually was a nice change. It was also the first time I got to play a drug addict.
TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR ROLE.
My character’s name is Marina. I’m separated from Billy Bob’s character — we call him the Cop —and we have a son (Aedin Mincks) together. The complication is that I also have a drug issue heroin.
HOW DID YOU PREPARE FOR THE ROLE?
Research, Obviously, I’ve never done heroin. So when I first auditioned, I went online to see what people actually go through when they’re high. And then, George was really great.
He had all this additional research for me - about what state of mind people are in when they’re in withdrawal, what they feel immediately when they get high. Still, every actor’s process is different. For me, I focused on trying to express what it feels like to be hopeless.
WHAT’S BEEN THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE FOR YOU ON FASTER?
To be so real that it didn’t look like I was someone who was trying to look like I was high — which is the worst thing. That was my challenge. One scene in particular was such a dark moment that I couldn’t talk to anyone. I had to just really be quiet, off in a corner. Unfortunately I’m not one of those actors that can just turn it on and off – “Hey what are you doing later?” – and then get into a heavy scene.
HOW DO YOU STAY FOCUSED DURING LONG SHOOTING DAYS, THEN?
I’ve learned that when I do really serious scenes, I have to be the kind of person that sits offside and kind of stays in it. If it’s a more lighthearted scene, then I’ll be more talkative. Maggie (co- star Maggie Grace) and I were just talking about it. Sometimes I also like reading a book or I’ll play a game on my phone, just to reserve my energy.
WHAT’S IT LIKE WORKING WITH BILLY BOB THORNTON?
Oh, I love Billy! (Laughs)… I’m sure you know already – Billy is just Billy. And he was great. And for me, being an actor who’s only been doing this for six years, it was amazing. I just loved asking him questions about his films —All the Pretty Horses, Sling Blade. He was really sweet, really kind.
DID HE GIVE YOU ANY ADVICE?
I remember him talking about how certain scenes should take longer. He taught me about how, when you have to compress a scene, how hard that is to go from zero to one hundred, and then back to zero.
TELL US ABOUT DIRECTOR, GEORGE TILLMAN?
George is so laid back, but at the same time he takes this very seriously —which I love. He came in with a book. And it was like: “Marina, breakdown of Marina, physical thingsthat would happen if she was on heroin” He had done a lot of research.He’s awesome.
But no action sequencefor you
Well, I do get to slap Billy (Laughs)
DO YOU THINK THIS ROLE WILL TWEAK PEOPLE’S PERCEPTIONS OF YOU?
Gosh, I hope… You know, I always want to be taken more seriously. I always do the action stuff. But I also wanted to do something different… It’s been a great opportunity.