2 items from 2010
Rebecca Hall is used to people always wanting to talk about her dad, but now the Bafta-winning actor is having to get used to another line of questioning: her role in the break-up of a Hollywood golden couple. She talks gossip, girls' schools and growing up
Rebecca Hall is a fine actor who starred in the best Woody Allen film in years, but she's better known now for her role in a recent tabloid splash, after she was cast as the femme fatale, or deadly English rose, who could, possibly, have destroyed the marriage of Sam Mendes and Kate Winslet. After all, she had worked with Mendes, they were friends, and apparently she was his type of girl (brainy, arty, good-looking).
We meet in a Manhattan cafe. She arrives on foot, alone, long, black dress, no make-up, flat sandals, sore ankles from where high heels have been rubbing. I look »
- Simon Hattenstone
Rebecca Hall is full of promise at 28 – but can she find the burning sense of need or danger required to take over an entire movie?
It's tricky being an actress. Think of it this way: any young actress would like to be in the movie Frost/Nixon. But she can see that most of the chewy parts are for men. However, that very clever writer Peter Morgan has written in a scene in which David Frost, on his way to America, meets an attractive young woman on the plane (let's call her Caroline Cushing), and thereafter carries her along with him as eye-catching back-up and ego masseuse in the whole Nixon enterprise. She goes out for food when he's doing research; she wears a series of moderately revealing summer clothes; and she evidently provides the opportunity for what Nixon regards gloomily and enviously as "fornicating".
It happens that the role »
- David Thomson
2 items from 2010
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