Anne Hathaway discovered the ‘Eileen’ script “actually difficult” as a result of it’s “unusually good”.
The 40-year-old actress portrays psychologist Rebecca, who develops a damaging and complex bond with jail employee Eileen – who’s performed by Thomasin McKenzie – in William Oldroyd’s adaptation of Ottessa Moshfegh’s e-book of the identical identify and though she was rapidly drawn to the challenge, she needed to learn by means of the creator and her husband Luke Geobel’s screenplay a number of occasions earlier than she was in a position to really feel prepared.
She admitted: “I truly discovered the script actually difficult the primary time I learn it. I discovered it actually darkish and actually humorous but it surely’s a tough one. It’s so good. it’s truly unusually good, so it took me a number of reads to really feel like I had the beginnings of a deal with on it.”
Anne initially needed to join the movie as a result of she liked the director’s 2016 movie ‘Woman Macbeth’, which starred Florence Pugh.
Talking at Deadline’s Sundance Studio, she mentioned: “I got here to this as a fan of Will’s. I’d seen Woman Macbeth and like most likely lots of people I believed it was the freshest factor I’d seen in ages. So when the script [for ‘Eileen’] got here in I used to be inclined to say sure.”
In the meantime, Thomasin ready for the movie by studying the e-book, which she described as a “bible for the character” and put her personal notes right into a 32-page doc, which she despatched to a jail psychologist in her native New Zealand for some enter.
She mentioned: “I used to be actually inquisitive about what it was prefer to work within a jail. Particularly for a lady, as a result of it was a jail for males and nearly all of individuals working on the jail had been males. So I believed it could be fairly a weak place for a younger lady to work.
“The psychologist additionally gave me nice perception into Eileen and what she is perhaps combating. It was a variety of analysis into psychological well being, which is one thing I’m very excited by usually.
“There was a analysis, however I don’t need to say what it was, as a result of it presents in a different way for everyone.”