The Cannes Film Festival is just around the corner and, as usual, clips from some of the prospective films are starting to make their way to the internet. One such film, which is premiering at the Directors’ Fortnight, is “Magic Magic.” Directed by Sebastian Silva (“The Maid”) and starring Michael Cera, Juno Temple, and Emily Browning, the film already made its North American debut at Sundance earlier this year.
The clip’s about two minutes long and you can quickly get a sense that something’s not right with Juno Temple’s character. She plays Alicia, a young American girl who vacations in southern Chile with her cousin and three of her cousin’s friends. When her cousin leaves to take an exam, Alicia starts to unravel mentally. The other friends wind up ignoring her until it’s too late.
The film is one of two collaborations Michael Cera made with the director, Silva, in Chile this year, the other being “Crystal Fairy” which premiered at Sundance as well and will make its theatrical debut in July. We’ll see how “Magic Magic” fares at the Fortnight when it premieres later this week. Check out the clip below.
Juno came out to support her boyfriend Michael Angarano during the Tribeca Film Festival premiere for his movie “The English Teacher”. She skipped the red carpet but was photographed with Michael during the after party.
Appearances from 2013 > Apr 27 | 2013 Tribeca Film Festival – “The English Teacher” After Party
Juno is feautred in Hunger Magazine’s Spring/Summer 2013 edition (issue 4) which is on newsstands now. We added the first scans and photoshoot in our gallery. Thanks to edenliaothewomb for the scans. We will add the full feature as soon as possible.
Once Juno Temple hits the big screen, it’s hard to take your eyes off her. To experience what we mean, spend the rest of your day watching Killer Joe, Little Birds, Dirty Girl or Kaboom. In each one, she exhibits the same exact qualities that seem to keep independent film directors clamoring for her to be in their movie: vulnerability, magnetism, and fearlessness, yet in the most delicate way possible. It’s as if she’s got her own brand of confidence that’s simply impossible not to get sucked into.
And she’s adding to that list this weekend with her latest indie flick, Ramaa Mosley’s The Brass Teapot, in which she and co-star Michael Angarano play a financially inept married couple who steal a magic teapot that fills with money whenever they inflict pain on anyone, including themselves. High off their good fortune, the couple inevitably begin abusing their power, turning the dark comedy into a cautionary tale the dangers of losing sight of the difference between what you want and what you need.
We got a chance to speak to the L.A.-based English actress about her latest project, what makes her so bold on screen, and what it’s like to be a 23-year-old girl trying to earn respect in Hollywood.
What initially drew you to The Brass Teapot?
I am such a strong believer in the idea of magic in the wild. I find that really invigorating. Also, I was intrigued by how different these two incredibly ordinary people react to this object that comes into their life after witnessing bad luck. My character is very vulnerable and gets manipulated by it, while Michael [Angarano]‘s character is very afraid of it and ends up being the one who stands up to it. That was a really great dynamic.
The movie puts into question the idea greed as part of human nature.
Yeah, I think so too. And I think that was something that I was excited about—to put a movie out there where the audience questions which one they’d be.
It all started with an act of parental guidance gone awry. A then-14-year-old Juno Temple had just told her father, British film director Julien Temple, and her mother, producer Amanda Temple, that she wanted to be an actress. Her parents, hoping to spare her a life of endless auditioning, decided to teach her a lesson. “They handed me a paper and said, ‘Here’s an open audition. Go try out and see how many other girls want to act,’” the actress, now 23, recalls. “Then,” as she puts it, “the craziest shit happened.” The movie was called Notes on a Scandal, and she got the part of Cate Blanchett’s daughter. Soon afterward, she tried out for a part in Atonement, opposite Keira Knightley. She booked that, too.
And just like that, Temple was a professional actress, with parts in five films released last year, including The Dark Knight Rises and Killer Joe, a role she got after she, “out of the blue, sent an audition video to the casting director,” director William Friedkin recalls. “In it, she did the part from memory, with her 10-year-old brother playing Killer Joe. It was sensational. I had no idea who she was.” This year, she’ll appear in eight films, including her latest, The Brass Teapot, opening this week, about a couple who acquire a teapot that spits cash whenever they get hurt. The role required Temple to veer between emotional extremes—from punishing to pleasing, abusive to loving—within seconds. “I don’t know anybody who commits the way she does,” says Teapot director Ramaa Mosley. “Then she turns around, and she’s a fun, normal person again. It was almost scary.”
This article originally appeared in the April 8, 2013 issue of New York Magazine.
We added a few photoshoot additions in our gallery. Two new outtakes of photoshoots Juno did during Sundance earlier this year. The portrait session after the won her first BAFTA and additional outtakes to a photoshoot she did while filming “Little Birds“. Links and previews can be found below.
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