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VARIETY – In “Christine,” Rebecca Hall stars as journalist Christine Chubbuck, who committed suicide on live television. Hall and director Antonio Campos talked about Chubbuck’s life and portraying depression in the biographical film during the Variety and AARP Movies for Grownups Screening Series.

“It’s ironic. There’s a common misconception about depression, actually,” Hall said, explaining that many think “people with depression don’t laugh or don’t crack jokes or don’t do things that are energetic.”

“For me, the basis of my characterization was that she is active,” she went on. “She’s not passive. She’s actually desperately trying to survive.”

Labels: Christine, Projects, Videos

Believe it or not, award season is right around the corner and on Thursday night Rebecca attended HFPA and InStyle’s Miss Golden Globe Party at Catch LA in West Hollywood. Rebecca is being named on several contenders lists as a possible outsider for an Academy Award nomination for her role in Christine–so we can no doubt expect to see plenty more of her in coming weeks and months as part of the lead-up to the 2017 Oscars. Nomination or not, I’m so happy to see her receive the recognition she truly deserves for this film.

Labels: Appearances, Photo Updates

Last night both Rebecca and Christine director Antonio Campos attended a special screening and Q&A as part of Variety and AARP’s Movies for Grownups series. Usually there is video coverage from these events so hopefully we’ll be able to see that footage very soon. For now, enjoy the new photos.

Labels: Appearances, Christine, Photo Updates, Projects

THE INDEPENDENT – After Rebecca Hall finished shooting the final scene of Christine, her new film about the American newsreader Christine Chubbuck – who blew her brains out on live television in 1974 – she got into a car. The movie, a small, independent production financed with money Hall helped raise, couldn’t afford on-set trailers and, still caked in fake blood, Hall couldn’t shower till she got home. “I just remember really shaking for a long time as I washed the blood off,” she says. “Being rigged to a machine that pumps blood, and holding a gun and putting it to your head – it’s like your body doesn’t actually know it’s fake. Because, if I’m doing my job correctly, I’ve convinced my brain that it’s real. The adrenaline response is sort of nuts. You sit under the shower for a bit going ‘What the hell is going on?’”

She laughs as we sit eating salad in a cafe in Brooklyn Heights in New York, not far from where she lives. Hall doesn’t want to seem melodramatic, but there’s no doubting her commitment to Chubbuck’s story. “I want to champion this film more than I’ve ever wanted to champion anything,” she says. Tall, beautiful, with sad eyes and a Modigliani face, Hall has a manner that combines boldness with introspection – a mixture key to all her performances, particularly the rawness and fragility she displays in Christine, which is on in selected cinemas now.

Chubbuck’s death has become a gruesome internet meme – the holy grail of online snuff ghouls. But contrary to rumour, there are no videos of her broadcast on 15 July, 1974, when, a few weeks before her 30th birthday, she read a statement on air. “In keeping with Channel 40’s policy of bringing you the latest in blood and guts, and in living color”, she said, “you are going to see another first: attempted suicide”. Then she pulled a revolver from below the desk, placed it behind her right ear and pulled the trigger. Why would she describe it as an ‘attempted’ suicide, I ask – was it a sign that she didn’t want it to succeed?

“I don’t know. I was curious about that too, ” says Hall. “I will never know. No one will. But my hunch is that she was just being a good journalist – because she might not have been successful.”

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Labels: Articles and Interviews, Christine, Projects

At long last, I have added screen captures from the Blu-ray edition of Vicky Cristina Barcelona to the gallery. This has to be one of my favorite Rebecca roles–she plays Vicky perfectly, whose dry humor and wit is the perfect counterbalance to the spontaneous and passionate Cristina (played by Scarlett Johansson–who she has such great chemistry with). The film is beautifully shot, so it should come as no surprise that the screen captures are just as pretty. Enjoy!


Labels: Movies, Photo Updates

I’ve updated the gallery with outtakes and scans of Rebecca’s striking cover photoshoot for AMAZING–a quarterly fashion and culture magazine. She looks incredible, right? I’ve managed to transcribe part of the interview, which can be read below. In it Rebecca discusses her role in Christine, her favorite books and authors, and her childhood.

Born in London to Sir Peter Hall, the British stage director and founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and to American opera singer Maria Ewing, it comes as no surprise that Hall has pursued an accomplished acting career across film and stage.

There is one prismatic quality to Hall’s eclectic body of work, one where openness and curious instinct has led to roles which traverse a wide and colorful spectrum of emotion and genre. In 2010, Hall won the BAFTA TV Award for her work in Paul Garland’s miniseries Red Riding, and her turn in Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona saw her nominated for a Golden Globe Award. She has inhabited an array of characters – having played a jet-set girlfriend in Frost/Nixon, an author proving supernatural hoaxes in the ghost story The Awakening, and a scientist in the blockbuster Iron Man 3.

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Labels: Articles and Interviews, Magazine Scans, Photo Updates, Photoshoots

I have uploaded photos of Rebecca taken at yesterday’s UK premiere of The BFG, held in London’s Leicester Square. Rebecca looked lovely, as did the theming for the premiere – I love the attention to detail!

Labels: Appearances, Photo Updates

Following her appearance at the CFDA Fashion Awards, Rebecca was also in attendance at the Fragrance Foundation Awards on Tuesday (June 7). I love her look here–it’s very simple and low-key but chic at the same time. Not to mention she looks quite beautiful, as always.

Labels: Appearances, Photo Updates