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Empire recently caught up with Rebecca to discuss the movies that have impacted her life. It’s a great read–be sure to take a look if you haven’t already.

What was the first movie you ever saw?
The one I remember watching a lot when I was tiny is probably The Wizard Of Oz. My mum’s American and she raised me on the Golden Age of Hollywood. I didn’t watch TV or a lot of films that were of my time..

What was the movie that inspired you to go into films?
When I was eight, nine, ten years old I was obsessed with All About Eve. It’s a film about theatre people, so I suppose it inspired me to act. And I just thought Bette Davis was incredibly… cool (laughs). I think it was something about her combination of larger-than-life campery and a raw humanity that doesn’t have any vanity, really. That’s what interested me about film: the capacity to do great glamour and something that can be very ugly and very true at the same time.

What was the last movie you saw that reminded you of your childhood?
Kind Hearts And Coronets. Not that it reminds me of my childhood, but it reminds me of sitting with my dad (Peter Hall) and him saying, “You should watch this because it’s a great film.” I just thought, “This is a crazy film and it’s brilliant!” It’s still one of my favourites.

What was the last movie that made you cry with laughter?
[Jackass Presents:] Bad Grandpa. I saw it a couple of days ago and I did weep a little. Especially the bit where he’s lying on that bed that he’s trying to sell at a junk sale and it starts folding him in two… I thought I was gonna be sick I was laughing so hard.

What was the last movie that made you fight back the tears?
Blue Is The Warmest Colour. I loved it.

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If you haven’t already, be sure to check out a brand new featurette from Transcendence–Unfortunately, Rebecca is only featured for a few seconds. I have also added some newly released stills from the film to the gallery. Enjoy!

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I have added some behind the scenes photos of Rebecca from her role in the upcoming short film, Ruminate to the gallery. Hopefully it will be available to watch very soon! Many thanks to Dog Eared Films for the images.

To ruminate means to think; to chew thoughts over and over, focusing on symptoms of distress… their causes, and their consequences. Gemma is in her mid-thirties: She is a childless woman, not in a serious relationship, who lives in the big city of London, primarily concentrating on work and survival. The years have slipped by and the things that appear to have fallen into place for her friends and peers still elude her. This film follows her over two days. We never hear her speak. We never learn her thoughts. Instead the audience witnesses a series of events that make us question her happiness culminating in a visit to her gynecologist. It is revealed that she has possible cancerous cells that may have to be removed, and this could affect her ability to bear children. Just when Gemma is at her most vulnerable, her best friend offers one single, simple truth: All you can do, is be the best you you can be.

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Rebecca is the cover girl of the latest issue of CRASH, a French arts and fashion magazine. Such a striking photo of her, it makes for a great cover. Many thanks to Eden for the heads up.

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NUVO – Strapped into an electric chair isn’t a scenario most actors would envisage when planning their Broadway debut, so it’s a testament to Rebecca Hall’s drive that she is “electrocuted” onstage six evenings and two matinees a week for Machinal.

The drama tackles a controversial and much-sensationalized case surrounding the trial and execution of Ruth Snyder in the 1920s, the first woman to be condemned to the electric chair in the state of New York. Hall plays the Young Woman (metaphorically the Everywoman), an unfulfilled stenographer. Throughout the show’s run, the actress has had to stay focused on a difficult script written with a poetic cadence that would drive the most seasoned thespian up the wall. “[When I first] tried to learn one of the verses, I hurled the play across the room,” Hall says with a straight face, before pretending to throw an imaginary script and crumbling into laughter.

And that—bursting into laughter, not slinging screenplays—is something Hall does often, which makes another of her tendencies, taking on challenges, that much easier. The 31-year-old Brit has logged 10 plays (especially slanting toward the Shakespeare sort) and 15 films, including Woody Allen’s 2008 film Vicky Cristina Barcelona, her breakout role, and more recently, director Shane Black’s blockbuster Iron Man 3, where Hall shared the screen with Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert Downey Jr. This April, she will appear in Wally Pfister’s directorial debut Transcendence, a science-fiction blockbuster, proving that the steadily growing spotlight on Hall has been set to a full-strength glow. For an actress who once guided her career choices using a three-to-one movie-to-play ratio, she admits that’s a plan of the past. “I got offered movie roles that kept getting better and better,” she says. “I couldn’t say no.” Still, her ability to seamlessly transition from stage to silver screen remains, as does a craving for variety and substance. And that’s what brings her to New York.

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I’ve added some beautiful new photos of Rebecca’s editorial for NUVO to the gallery. I really like her styling in this shoot, it feels really effortless and natural on her.

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Looking lovely as always, Rebecca is featured on the Spring 2014 cover of NUVO magazine.

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GOTHAM MAGAZINE – “I’d like to tell you why I wanted to do this interview,” says actor and director Ethan Hawke, a two-time Academy Award nominee who recently starred in a Lincoln Center production of Macbeth.

“A couple of years ago, I had the chance to do Shakespeare and Chekhov around the world with Rebecca,” he says. “I walked away from the experience feeling as if I had worked with a young Katharine Hepburn or Vanessa Redgrave. It’s very rare to run into somebody who is as smart, humble, and gifted as she is.”

Hawke and Hall had teamed up for a 10-month road tour for the Bridge Project that took them from New Zealand to London and Athens. Hall is best known in this country for her roles in Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Ben Affleck’s The Town, and Iron Man 3. But the theater is her natural birthright—her father is famed director Sir Peter Hall, founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company. She is currently seeing another theater maestro, Sam Mendes.

Hawke says his friend “has everything it takes to be a really serious artist. I think it’s really lucky she’s coming to New York and doing this play.” Hall plays the lead in the stark drama Machinal, written by Sophie Treadwell, inspired by the case of convicted and executed murderer Ruth Snyder. Hall stars as the young woman charged with the crime.

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