Published: June 15, 2015
The actress, 36, appears in the new series of True Detective. She talks about love and being herself.
Hi Rachel! Was it a conscious decision to do something new when you took on True Detective’s tough cop Ani?
I judge projects by the people involved and the quality of the writing. If I feel a connection to the role I’m willing to play almost anything. Something either clicks or it doesn’t. But I have a romantic side – I’m drawn to those stories.
You must be excited about working on such a critically acclaimed show?
I’m so glad to be part of it. It’s so interesting to play this kind of character, which I’ve never really done before.
We loved you in The Notebook. Do you ever get swept up in the romantic films you’ve starred in?
I enjoy exploring love and how people fall in love. If you tell a great love story, you’ll attract an audience. We all know what it’s like to fall in love. The difficulty is how relationships evolve over time.
Why do you think it’s so hard to stay in love with another person?
I think everyone is more demanding. Women are independent and anxious about our role in society. Relationships are more complicated because we’re conscious of what we want from them.
Why have you chosen to live in your home city of Toronto and not LA?
I could never live in LA. I find it can be a lonely place. Everything revolves around the film industry. In Toronto I can just forget work and be myself.
How was working with James Franco on the film Every Thing Will Be Fine?
He’s so easy to work with. Even though he plays a man who’s haunted by his past, he was light- hearted on the set. I’ve wanted to work with him for a long time. It was a wonderful experience.
True Detective starts on Monday 22 June, Sky Atlantic
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