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Age : 31
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Date d'inscription : 29/08/2007
|Sujet: Juliet Landau Jeu 05 Juin 2008, 19:34|| |
plenty of interesting things to see at comic book/science-fiction
conventions... Klingons, Imperial Stormtroopers, Jedi Knights, Rocky
Horror transvestites, vampires, even Aquaman and a short and rotund
Darth Vader (yes, such a thing is possible). And, of course, there's
celebrities. Lots and lots of celebrities. Juliet Landau, best known as the demented vampire Drusilla from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, was one of the more prominent media guests at the Motor City Comic Con in Novi, Michigan in mid-May on a list that included Avery Brooks of Star Trek: Deep Space NineBuffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8 comic book artist Georges Jeanty.
"Hi, I'm Juliet. Thanks for waiting," the Los Angeles-born actress
greeted her fans warmly, speaking in a soft, melodious tone accented
with just the barest hint of an English lilt that makes her voice sound
exotic. Despite a cancelled flight, she didn't appear to be harried. As
a matter of fact, she was more than happy to sign autographs, pose for
photos, and answer questions about the wonderful world Joss Whedon
created or about her upcoming work. Her only concern was the long wait
her fans had to see her, as the biggest line at the con snaked around
the corner. In the end, many fans agreed: She was definitely worth the
wait. fame and current
A LOVE OF THE WORK
Prior to her appearance
in Michigan - her first trip to the Great Lakes State - Juliet took the
time out of her busy schedule to talk about her career, Drusilla, and
what's next for the daughter of award-winning thespians Martin Landau and Barbara Bain. Juliet has acted alongside her parents; she appeared in 1994's Ed Wood
with her father - who won an Oscar for his portrayal of Bela Lugosi,
the Hungarian-born actor who made Dracula famous - and appeared onstage
with her mother several years ago in the play, Failure of Nerve.
CityofAngel.com: How much of an influence did you parents have on your chosen profession?
Juliet Landau: I grew up in a very artistic household, so they
were definitely supportive. I was a ballerina prior to becoming an
actress. Growing up in an atmosphere of creativity is a component of
what I do.
CoA: What kind of advice did they give you?
JL: Basically, what I have garnered from them is really just a
love of the work. There's so much involved on the business end. You
have to stay connected to that passion and get up in the morning and do
what you love to do. They imparted that to me.
CoA: Did you have any formal training to become an actress?
JL: I studied for a number of years before starting to work. I studied with Avery Schreiber of Burns and Schreiber. He was very funny and a terrific actor. I also studied with Susan Peretz.
She was a phenomenal actress and an unbelievable inspiration. We worked
extensively together; she was a true mentor and friend. When I was in
between projects, she always welcomed me back to her class, so I could
stretch my horizons and try other things. It was an incredible
environment, where it was safe to fall on my face. She really gave us
room to explore.
CoA: Why did you leave ballet dancing for acting?
JL: I started to find the dance world sort of insular. I started
acting classes and I really loved the fact of verbal exchange. I've
supported myself as an actress for 12 years. There are worse things
than sitting around and reading Chekhov.
CoA: Speaking of Chekhov, you're reading the play, Three Sisters, for Al Pacino?
JL: We read Act 1 and 2 the night before you and I spoke, and we
are reading Act 3 and 4 for him at the end of May. The cast consists of
12 actors. Many are Actor Studio members, like me. I am reading
Natasha. I love the role. It has a lot of range. Al was extremely
lovely and complimentary to us.
CoA: How do you choose a role?
JL: It's a combination of a lot of elements. I look for
something I haven't played before. I love playing a diverse range of
roles. Tackling and delving into a new character is like putting on a
different skin. The emotional range of a character is also important.
CoA: Juliet played Loretta King in Tim Burton's Ed Wood, which starred frequent Burton collaborator/Oscar nominee Johnny Depp
and her father. The elder and younger Landau shared a few scenes, most
prominently when he was portraying Bela Lugosi in Wood's Bride of the Monster, putting Loretta - in a wedding dress, no less - in a trance.
JL: I loved working with Tim Burton. He is truly creative. He
has an ebullient spirit. He creates the best kind of working
environment. The movie is really a sweet love story between Johnny's
character, Ed, and Bela Lugosi.
CoA: What attracted you to Buffy?
JL: I loved the whole concept of "high school as a nightmare," dark forces pulling that metaphor to the extremes.
CoA: Did you audition for the role of Drusilla?
JL: No. I had a creative meeting with Joss Whedon, (Angel co-creator) David Greenwalt, (former President of Entertainment of Fox Broadcasting Company) Gail Berman, and (Buffy casting director) Marcia Shulman.
The script pages I had read said, "Actress can be British or American."
I thought, "Oh, no, she should really have a Cockney accent,"
especially since Spike and Dru were supposed to be (the undead version
of) Sid and Nancy (referring to Sid Vicious of the Punk band The Sex Pistols and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen).
I did a bit of Drusilla in the room. I remember that I wafted up to the
ceiling with my eyes, much like I did in my first episode when I
discussed daisies with the Anointed One. I recall thinking in that
moment, "This part would be a blast!" I actually borrowed the wafty
thing from a man I had witnessed on the street the night before!
CoA: What happened next?
JL: I got offered the part and asked me to meet with the three final choices for Spike. That's when I met James Marsters.
He originally played it with a southern accent and they said, "Can you
do an English accent?" He immediately switched and it went from there.
It took off in that moment. We worked off each other so well instantly.
He was auditioning with the scene in our intro episode (Buffy, episode School Hard)
with the Anointed One. We sort of got transfixed and ignored the
Anointed One, leaning towards each other as if to kiss. Our heads came
together. Eventually we turned out to look at him. They ended up using
that on the commercial. (Juliet's voice inflects as she mimics the male
voiceover heard on the episode's promotional spot, particularly this
scene), "Evil has a few new faces... Buffy the Vampire Slayer."
CoA: What was it like working with James Marsters?
JL: Wonderful. James and I would get together every time we got
a script and we'd rehearse. He's really an actor's actor in the best
sense of the word. It was a tennis match: I'm doing this, he's doing
that; it was a fluid dance between us. We're supposed to have been
together for 200 years, and you can't be shy with someone after
200-years. The characters had great chemistry; that was a huge
ingredient. Their love story was so interesting because it'd had gone
on for centuries, balancing out their evil natures. They had a tender
side; it was a bit kinky, but it was fun. Drusilla was childlike and
sensual, she was sweet but diabolical, she was delicate but powerful.
It was kind of an actor's dream. It was almost obscenely fun to go to
work - the fluidity and creativity was just awesome.
CoA: What was it like working with Julie Benz who played Angel's first love Darla?
JL: It was great. She and I worked really well together and we became really good friends.
ALL THINGS DRUSILLA
CityofAngel.com: What was it like working with the man himself Joss Whedon?
Drusilla ~ Fan artwork
Juliet Landau: Joss is amazing. He's very creative and had such
a vision for these characters. He said that he'd had Spike and Drusilla
running around in his head for over a decade.
CoA: Was it difficult playing Drusilla, given how insane she is?
JL: While I was on the show I thought, "She's not crazy; she's
just a little touched." I somehow got into the logic of her illogic.
Now that I am no longer playing her, I see that she was out there! When
in the moment as an actor, you embrace the elements of the character.
CoA: Did you ad-lib some of your lines?
JL: The writing was brilliant. All of the stuff was scripted
except Dru's cry and laugh. (Juliet demonstrated both). The
physicality, rolling on the floor, dancing on the table, licking
Spike's cheek etc., etc; that was the stuff they let me go to town on.
That was what made it so fun as an actress. There was a lot of freedom.
It was very collaborative.
CoA: Who's crazier: Drusilla, Hannibal Lechter, or the Joker?
JL: Wow, what a bunch! It would be interesting to see these
three together! Maybe we'd have to call in a qualified expert to
CoA: One thing I'd like to have seen is Dru vs. Faith.
JL: It would've been cool, but Eliza [Dushku] and I never got a chance to work together. I met her recently on the writers strike line.
CoA: The Immortal was mentioned but never seen in the Angel
episode, "The Girl in Question." Secondhand reports state that he's
extremely handsome and intelligent, especially the way he kept
outsmarting Angel and Spike. In the flashback portion of the episode,
the Immortal had a threesome with Drusilla and Darla. This episode also
marked Juliet's last appearance as Drusilla.)
JL: (laughter) The Immortal was funny because when Julie and I
got the script and learned we had a threesome with him, we were like,
"Who's the Immortal?" David [Boreanaz] and James said,
"What's so special about the Immortal?" We were surprised that we had
had this threesome in our history and found out about it at such a late
CoA: Some of the dialogue between Drusilla and Darla implied that they may have once had a sexual relationship.
JL: I never thought so, but Julie did. There's this scene where
I'm hugging her and it looks like my hand is on her butt. Julie points
and shouts, "See!" (laughter). It wouldn't be so surprising [if
Drusilla slept with Darla]; she is a very sexual being.
CoA: When we last saw Drusilla in present continuity (Juliet
subsequently reprised her role as Drusilla in flashbacks and when the
First Evil assumed Dru's appearance in the final season of Buffy), she was seen leaving Spike at the end of the Buffy episode, "The Crush." What do you think happened to her?
JL: I think Drusilla traveled the world. I always hold out hope in my heart that Drusilla and Spike will one day reunite.
CoA: Even though he now has a soul?
JL: Yes. There's so many possibilities that we didn't get to.
CoA: Changing gears, what are you working on now?
JL: I've been working on this real exciting project. I directed a documentary called Take Flight; it's about and for Gary Oldman. He was directing a music video called "Red Rover" for a Jewish Hip Hop band called Chutzpah. He shot the entire video on Nokia cell phones. He asked me to direct the "making of". What started out solely as a behind-the-scenes "making of"
bloomed into a documentary about his creative process. Gary loves the
film! It shows him in a different light. It shows a side of him that's
gentle, playful, childlike and free. It's a fluid exploration of him;
it's really lot of fun. He operates one of the "cell-cams" so we get
inside his POV [Point of View], seeing the genesis of his ideas and how
he carries them through. The outside world is represented with the
music of Chutzpah.
For Gary's internal world, I've used classical pieces. I selected them and worked very hard with my friend Pembroke Andrews (two-time Emmy award-winning sound editor on the TV series 24). I had 50-hours of footage that I had to condense into a 25-minute movie. My editor Ingela Ogard
and I worked painstakingly side-by-side for months. She is an
incredible talent! All I have to finish is the color correction and the
final sound mix. So, it's back to work with Pembroke. He calls me
"Kubrick" (referring to the late director Stanley Kubrick, who
was known for being very meticulous about his work) because I'm such a
perfectionist! Also, I am raising money on my Web-site for a short film
I wrote called It's Raining Cats and Cats and a short I adapted from a play called Cissy. I am following the same model [Buffy alumna] Amber Benson
did in selling merchandise on the Internet to make her two feature
films. The official site is JulietLandau.com. I'm also about to star in
a feature as well!
CoA: How has the support been for your films?
JL: The support's been unbelievable, really wonderful. I've had
a plethora of people contribute. It's really exciting. It has been
going very well!
CoA: Back to Drusilla, do you mind being remembered as her?
JL: I don't mind at all because I loved the role and people responded so positively to the character - it's wonderful.
CoA: Would you play Drusilla again if given the chance?
JL: I would definitely. Why not? It's fun.
CoA: What's the best part about attending conventions?
JL: Meeting people who been moved, inspired and enjoyed the work
that I've done. I've met a wide spectrum of all different ages from
different parts of the world. It's amazing. The fact that Buffy and Angel has such a potent life is really incredible.
♠ El Ángel de la Guarda ♠
Age : 31
Nombre de messages : 23977
Date d'inscription : 29/08/2007
|Sujet: Re: Juliet Landau Mar 09 Sep 2008, 11:58|| |
JULIET LANDAU TAKES ON GODHEAD AND GARY OLDMAN
The actress gets behind the camera to document Gary Oldman in TAKE FLIGHT and also makes a music video for the hard rock band
Back in November, actress Juliet Landau (beloved of
fans for her portrayal of the psychic/psychotic vampire Drusilla on
multiple seasons of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and ANGEL) talked to iF
Magazine about TAKE FLIGHT, her documentary about Gary Oldman’s
filmmaking process, shot while he made a music video on the hip-hop
band Chutzpah. TAKE FLIGHT will be screened for the public Sat. Sept.
13 at 4:30 PM at Cinespace on Hollywood Blvd., followed by a Q&A
with Landau and cinematographer Deverill Weekes. Meanwhile, Landau is
now working on directing a music video for the band Godhead.
iF: Tell us a little more about TAKE FLIGHT.
JULIET LANDAU: TAKE FLIGHT was my directorial debut.
Gary Oldman directed a music video for the Jewish Hip Hop band
Chutzpah, shot entirely on Nokia cell phones.
Gary asked me to direct the making of. What started out solely as a
behind-the-scenes making of bloomed into a documentary film about
Gary’s creative process. I had three cameras on set chronicling the
action. Gary operated one of the "cell-cams." Much of the film is told
from Gary’s p.o.v. It’s literally like being inside his brain, seeing
the genesis of his ideas and then his precision in carrying those ideas
out. The cell phone footage affords us a truly unique and rare view.
The music video is fantastic and it’s very "cutty." I
wanted to use longer, more expansive pieces of the Nokia footage and
Gary’s framing. Also, I wanted the progression to start with glimpses,
build to longer pieces and then finally to be completely in Gary’s flow
I had a very specific idea and vision for the film. I
sat side by side with my editor for months and months making it happen.
I chose all of the music for the [documentary]. I used classical pieces
for Gary’s internal creative world, and the outside world is
represented with the hip-hop music of Chutzpah.
I had fifty hours of footage, which I condensed into the twenty-five-minute movie, which includes the music video on the end.
Although it’s unconventional, I wanted to keep the
Nokia footage in the [standard television format] four-by-three aspect
ratio and everything else in [widescreen] sixteen-by-nine. I wanted to
keep Gary’s framing intact. I wanted everything to be fluid and,
simultaneously, I liked it being clear when we are in Gary’s
iF: How do you like working with digital video?
LANDAU: The new technology is exciting. It affords a
wider range of people to make films and create, with little to no
budget. In TAKE FLIGHT, we witness Gary’s ingenious ways of filming,
which opens up a world of possibilities with this technology.
iF: How did the public screening come about?
LANDAU: The Advance screening of TAKE FLIGHT is the
centerpiece of Hollywood Hill’s mobile summit on Saturday, September
13. Hollywood Hill is this fantastic organization my mentor Mike
Medavoy told me about. It is all about making change in the world.
iF: Can people who aren’t able to make the screening see any of this material?
LANDAU: The TAKE FLIGHT website is julietlandaustakeflight.com.
It has the trailer, on camera interviews, photos, the synopsis and a lovely quote from Gary about the film.
iF: What did Oldman say?
LANDAU: [Oldman wrote] "Juliet Landau is an exceptional
talent. I entrusted Juliet to make a documentary film about me and I am
thrilled with the results. TAKE FLIGHT is a special film that shows me
in a very different light. I will work with Juliet again without
iF: Wow. How did the Godhead video come about?
LANDAU: The band saw TAKE FLIGHT and asked me to direct
their next video.
I love the song, which is called ‘Stay Back.’ The lead singer Jason
Miller has an incredible voice. We have started acting rehearsals and
his voice a cappella blows me away. As soon as I heard the song, I got
ideas for what I’d like to do with the video.
I pitched them to the band, and they loved them. The release date is
October 7. It will be played on MTV, VH1 and the Internet.
iF: And what’s happening acting-wise?
LANDAU: I recently worked on a reading of THE THREE
SISTERS that Al Pacino put together. We read it for Al at the Actors
Studio. I have been doing a lot of animation work. I have been doing
the GREEN LANTERN film and more episodes of BEN 10: ALIEN FORCE. I am
shooting a short film/spec commercial called THE SCENT OF DANGER that
Ingela Ogard wrote specifically for me. It was inspired by Ingela
seeing the ‘action hero’ photo in my Geek magazine layout. I am also in
negotiation for a film, which could begin in October.
I am continuing to raise funds for IT’S RAINING CATS
AND CATS and CISSY by selling merchandise in the store of my official
I am following the same model BUFFY alum Amber Benson did in selling
merchandise on the Internet to make her two feature films. I wrote IT’S
RAINING CATS AND CATS and will play seven different characters in the
film. I adapted CISSY from a play written by Andrew Prine, which I read
at the Actors Studio.
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