We were talking briefly there about your trajectory; you're working with Derek. What do you have planned next for that kind of thing?
That's always where I've been. I'm attracted to those directors and that material because that's where my taste lies. You can look back at interviews from me like 10, 11 years ago when I was doing “Too Fast, Too Furious” and she was asking me, who would you like to work with and I was like Mike Leigh and they were like, “What?” Like that's my dream, Mike Leigh and Pedro Almovodar. They were just like, “Okay, didn't expect it,” and it still stands true today. I still haven't worked with either one of them and I would love to work with either. So I think it's just kind of like, I've paid my dues and hopefully word's getting around that I’m a really hard worker. I still go to acting class and I'm kind of all about the craft, so I'm a geek in that way.
Even working with Adam McKay, Will Ferrell and those guys, that must have been fun.
That was amazing and I just did something with Larry David, “Clear History.” Incredible improv. I love it and I took some improv classes when I worked with McKay and so when this Larry David thing came up. Again, Larry was like, “Uh, this role is not right for you,” and I was like, “No, what is it? I want to audition for it.” I came in and I looked just crazy and Larry and I went at it.
It's basically about Larry having to start over. He has to start with a new identity and he goes to this new town and it's all of these people's lives coming together and stuff, but it's really fun. I got to do a lot of physical transformation.
So Larry, Derek, you're constantly having to change people’s perception of you.
Yeah, I'm not doing it to challenge anyone. I'm doing it to have fun.
What are you going to do next? Where are you hoping to go creatively?
I just hope to keep on having fun and challenging myself. I had such a great time on “Holy Motors.” I want to do a little bit more of the weird; I like the weird. I feel like I was actually finally accepted into the weird club with that one. I was like. “Cool, I can do the weird. Yeah, I have feathers for eyelashes.”
Would you ever consider directing?
I directed a short film that was sweet and a good kind of dipping my toe in the water kind of deal, but yeah, I would like to direct something, but it would have to be something that would come to me. I feel like with directing, you should literally like die if you can't tell the story, and I don't feel that compelled to direct. – Interview by Rodrigo Perez
“The Place Beyond The Pines” goes into wide release this weekend, Friday, April 12th.