On the Romantic Drama ‘My Cousin Rachel’ & Working with J.K. Rowling

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The dark romantic drama My Cousin Rachel, written and directed by Roger Michell and adapted from the 1951 novel by Daphne du Maurier, tells the story of a young Englishman named Philip (Sam Claflin) who wants to meet his mysterious and beautiful cousin Rachel (Rachel Weisz) because he believes that she murdered his guardian. Even though he has plotted revenge against her, his feelings quickly become complicated as he finds himself not only falling in love with her, but becoming truly obsessed.

During this 1-on-1 phone interview with Collider, actress Holliday Grainger talked about loving the open-ended nature of this story, why the character interested her, the vibe on set, and that the quality of a script is important to her, when looking for her next project. She also talked about what drew her to the Strike TV series, from the J.K. Rowling novels about Cormoran Strike, and her episode of the Amazon series, Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams.

Collider:  Why did you want to play this character, and what did you most enjoy about exploring who she was?

HOLLIDAY GRAINGER:  Mainly, I loved the story and that it was so open-ended. I also wanted to work with Roger Michell because I really admire his work. I’ve had some friends who said he was a joy to work with, and he is. He really creates a world that he fully believes in, therefore, as an actor, you can enter into that world knowing that nothing is left un-thought of and it gives you the confidence to play. And I think Louise interested me because she had this friendship with Philip, from such a young age. They’re childhood friends, but Louise has grown up faster than him and she wants a deeper relationship, and he’s maybe not able to give her that yet. And then, Rachel comes along and Philip’s world is turned upside down, and therefore, Louise’s is, too. I loved her because she has this patience and self-restrained that doesn’t allow her to show her jealous. She’s allowing herself to be there for Philip, even though you want her to tell him that he’s being an idiot. I really respect that, in her. That was interesting to play.

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By admin, on June 12th, 2017, under Cormoran Strike, Electric Dreams, Gallery Updates, Interview, My Cousin Rachel, News // No Comments


Holliday Grainger Talks To Me About ‘My Cousin Rachel’ And ‘Electric Dreams’ New

Those of us here in the states may have recognized the beautiful English actress, #HollidayGrainger from her roles in such films as Disney’s live action “Cinderella” and Disney’s other film, “The Finest Hours.” I actually was already a fan of hers since “The Borgias” series. And now, this weekend she appears in the new film, “My Cousin Rachel” based on Daphne Du Maurier’s novel, adapted and directed by Roger Michell.

Sam Claflin plays a young Englishman who plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, (Rachel Weisz) because he believes that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms.
Holliday Grainger plays Louise Kendall who quietly has feelings for Claflin’s character. “My Cousin Rachel” opens in select theaters on June 9.

Grainger talks to me about the film’s themes, how she approached her character but… we also got to talk about a certain project that she’s involved with; a project that I’m very much looking forward to. It’s Amazon’s brand new anthology sci-fi series, “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams” which totally excites the Twilight Zone fan in me. Find out what her specific episode is about in this entire interview below!
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By admin, on June 10th, 2017, under Electric Dreams, Interview, My Cousin Rachel, News // No Comments


‘Cinderella’ Star and Richard Madden Reunite in ‘Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams’

Richard Madden and Holliday Grainger have been cast in the upcoming Amazon anthology series “Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams,” Variety has learned.

The 10-episode sci-fi series is based on the short stories of Philip K. Dick, with each episode serving as a standalone narrative in the vein of “Black Mirror.”

Madden and Grainger will appear in the episode “The Hood Maker.” It is set in a world without advanced technology and where mutant telepaths have become humanity’s only mechanism for long distance communication. But their powers have unintended consequences and when the public begins to embrace mysterious, telepath-blocking hoods, two detectives are brought in to investigate.

Madden will play Agent Ross in the episode and Grainger will play Honor. Anneika Rose has also been cast in the episode as Mary. Matthew Graham wrote the episode with Julian Jarrold directing.

They join previously announced cast members in other episodes including Timothy Spall, Jack Reynor, Benedict Wong, Anna Paquin, Terence Howard, Steve Buscemi, Greg Kinnear, Mireille Enos, and Bryan Cranston.

By admin, on May 18th, 2017, under Electric Dreams, News // No Comments