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.