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'Magic Magic' Star Juno Temple Talks Losing Her Mind, The Polanski Influence, 'Sin City 2,' 'Maleficent' & More

Photo of Drew Taylor By Drew Taylor | The Playlist August 7, 2013 at 5:00PM

Earlier this year at Sundance, Chilean director Sebastian Silva ("The Maid") made a splash with two very different movies. The first, "The Crystal Fairy," was a trippy road comedy that starred Michael Cera and Gabby Hoffman and saw a limited theatrical release this summer from IFC Films (read our review here). The other Silva joint was an equally trippy but far darker film that also co-starred Michael Cera called "Magic Magic," which will be released on DVD this week from Sony. It stars Juno Temple as a young girl who descends into madness while visiting her sister abroad (it involves many sleepless nights, hypnotism, a memorable use of a Knife song and finally some kind of witchcraft). We got to talk to Temple about what it was like working with Silva, what her reference points were for the character, and asked about what she's got coming next—Robert Rodriguez's "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," Alexandre Aja's "Horns," and Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" retelling "Maleficent" (where she plays a tiny fairy).
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Magic Magic, Juno Temple

Is the director what drives your decision-making?
Yeah. The relationship between the actor and the director is so key. You have to trust that person even though it's for five minutes or for five months of your life. In that relationship you have to let go and be completely free and be able to spread your wings or your claws, depending on the movie.

Just wanted to get into a couple of your upcoming projects: have you seen "Horns?" What was it like working with Alexandre Aja?
Oh he was so cool. I love a director that just makes you feel safe. He makes you feel like you can go places and you can come back at the end of it. I also like the idea that after the movie is over that you stay friends. And Alex is definitely a dear friend of mine now. I think that, again, it was working with a visionary. I read that script and I thought: What is this? Is it a sci-fi movie? Is it a horror movie? Is it a love story? Is it a mystical fairy tale? And I loved that. I haven't seen a final cut, of course, but I'm excited to because I have no idea what I'm going to get from it.

Josh Brolin Sin City: A Dame To Kill For

Speaking of not knowing what you're going to get from it, you shot some stuff for "Sin City 2." Was that you in a green screen room type situation?
Again: how cool that I'm part of a movie that when I get to go see it, I'm going to be just as surprised as the rest of the world. I love that. It's going to be great. And Robert Rodriguez – what a great director to get to work with. I've been very, very lucky.

So you enjoyed that process?
Yeah, I'm up for trying anything. What got me was that I'm very bad with my left and right. And they rotate the sets during the day so your left and right changes, so that was a little like Oh god… But other than that, it was an amazing experience. It was like being taken on a ride.

Do you play a character from the comic book?
I play one of the Sin City girls. I can't tell anyone who it is it but it's awesome.

And on the complete opposite side of things, you're in "Maleficent."
Yeah I can't wait for little kids to actually be able to see something I'm in. That was, again, an amazing experience – doing wires and headgear and these big bubbles and stuff. And getting able to work with Leslie Manville and Imelda Staunton, these two British actresses who are absolute geniuses; they have such an amazing ability to tap into their inner 8-year-old and make everything fun.

How was Angelina?
She was lovely but I didn't get to do any actual filming with her because all my scenes that are with her are with a giant Styrofoam version of her. 

"Magic Magic" is out on DVD now.

This article is related to: Magic Magic, Juno Temple, Interviews, Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, Horns, Maleficent, The Dark Knight Rises, Crystal Fairy, Sebastián Silva


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