EXCLUSIVE: Olivia DeJonge on playing Priscilla Presley and working with Austin Bulter in Baz Lurhmann’s Elvis -“It’s such a big risk-taking on a role like this and I respect the vigor” : Bollywood News
Elvis is all set to take the theatres by storm! The upcoming Warner Bros. movie, starring Austin Bulter in titular role of Elvis Presley and Olivia DeJonge essaying the role of Priscilla Presley, is helmed by the ace filmmaker Baz Luhrmann. Elvis will span the star’s life and profession and discover the troublesome relationship between Presley and his tyrannical supervisor Colonel Tom Parker, performed by Tom Hanks. The studio described the movie as one that may “delve into their advanced dynamic spanning over 20 years, from Presley’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, towards the backdrop of the evolving cultural panorama and the lack of innocence in America.” The upcoming biopic will probably be launched in theaters on June 24. Ahead of the launch, the lead actress Olivia DeJonge dived into her character and what it meant to play the role of Priscilla who meant a lot to Elvis.
EXCLUSIVE: Olivia DeJonge on playing Priscilla Presley and working with Austin Bulter in Baz Lurhmann’s Elvis -“It’s such a big risk-taking on a role like this and I respect the vigor”
So, Olivia, how did the role of Priscilla come to you? Like some other younger actress, I simply obtained an e-mail about it, actually. And with a part of the script, and the thought was to place it on tape and ship it off, and we did that. And a couple months later I was sitting at dinner with my brokers and we have been speaking about the undertaking and questioning who obtained it. And then they obtained a textual content message saying that it was me and it was loopy. It was a lot directly, however it was very thrilling.
When you learn the full script—and clearly Elvis Presley’s story and Elvis and Priscilla’s story could possibly be advised in any variety of methods—what did you consider Baz Luhrmann’s method utilizing this character of the Colonel as the narrator, as the means into the story? I thought it was nice. That was certainly one of the first issues I stated to Baz, is that I assume utilizing the Colonel as a automobile to inform this story is a actual spin on what you assume a film about Elvis goes to be about. And I assume it is one thing that individuals would not anticipate, however I assume it is nice. I assume this film significantly thrives with any person like Tom [Hanks] taking us by the hand and taking us by the lifetime of Elvis. I assume it is the finest technique to inform this story.
We understand how necessary Priscilla was to Elvis all through this a part of his life. What is her journey out of your perspective—from newlywed to the lady who lastly places herself first? That couldn’t have been simple to do at the moment. Absolutely not. I assume that we meet her and she’s this shiny younger lady and she will get thrown into the stunning chaos that’s his life. And they fall in love with one another. And I assume that marriage… I myself haven’t skilled marriage, however from what I’ve heard, it is arduous, not to mention while you’re married to the most well-known man in the world… Yeah. I assume that it is arduous and I assume she’s examined as a younger lady and as a mom, and I assume her capability to provide was expanded means past what she thought doable. And I assume that it solely is sensible that after their expertise collectively and his infidelities and the drama, that she did step ahead and say, “Enough is sufficient and I have to take care of myself and put myself first.”
A really courageous factor to do. Can you inform me about working with Austin Butler? He has nothing however the most stunning issues to say about working with you and I think about it was mutual? Yeah, we had a very nice time collectively bringing these characters to life. He’s a actually dedicated actor with a big capability to totally immerse himself in one other particular person and I actually admire that in him. And he is a actually arduous employee and I was very impressed by the means he tackled the subject material and the means that he tackled taking on any person like this. And additionally, it is such a big risk-taking on a role like this and I respect the vigor with which he attacked that. And we had a actually enjoyable time.
I would assume that as an actor, you’ve gotten a explicit course of that works so that you can method a character, however while you’re playing any person who was a actual particular person, who continues to be a actual particular person, does that change your method to the work in any respect? Yes. I assume while you take on any person who’s actual, it at all times feels like they’re sitting on your shoulder or at all times there watching you do every scene, do every take, which clearly they don’t seem to be. It’s actually daunting and overwhelming, I assume, particularly at the starting. But Baz and CM [Catherine Martin] have actually curated a stunning setting the place you be happy to discover and categorical, and there isn’t any actual room for failure.
You talked about Catherine Martin—CM. In addition to being a producer, she’s a costume designer and a manufacturing designer and she’s certainly one of the finest in the world. How did moving into these costumes, in addition to the wigs and the make-up, show you how to discover the character? Honestly, the hair and the make-up is half the character virtually! (LAUGHS) So a lot of her and what she’s identified for was the hair and it was the make-up. And it was so necessary clearly to get that proper, and to actually really feel like I was in it when I was in it. Does that make sense?
Yes. And the garments are nice. Oh my goodness, the garments. The consideration to element, the match. All the costumes have been made by Prada to completely match my physique. My expertise with CM and my expertise on this film was actually nice.
Did you need to take all of them dwelling? Yes, I did. Was I capable of? Absolutely not.
There’s nobody like Baz. Talk a little bit about working with that degree of genius. Baz actually is this stunning, mad genius with this loopy quantity of inspiration and curiosity and dedication. I actually loved my time with him and I actually beloved sitting in that area with a man who’s unapologetically himself and at all times asking questions and at all times very open. I took a lot of inspiration from that.
I learn that Priscilla beloved the movie. How did that really feel? I know. When I was advised about that, I felt a enormous sigh of reduction, as I’m positive all people on the movie did. Everybody simply went, “Woo, okay!” I’m so completely satisfied that she’s completely satisfied. Everybody labored so arduous, so the incontrovertible fact that she’s given it two thumbs up is de facto nice.
I must ask you, an Australian, what it felt like to be capturing on the Gold Coast, and then to step onto these units that recreate iconic environments such as Las Vegas, Graceland? Hats off to CM and that complete crew. They actually immersed us in the Nineteen Fifties, the Sixties, and the Nineteen Seventies, all in a interval of six months and all on the Gold Coast of Australia, which is loopy. It was undoubtedly an immersive expertise. I bear in mind being on these units and simply actually remembering to take it in and actually remembering to breathe in the place I was, as a result of it was so unimaginable, the feat that they’d all pulled off.
Did you’ve gotten a favourite setting or set? Graceland. I beloved Graceland. Yeah.
What are you hoping that audiences, particularly your fellow Aussies, are going to really feel about this movie? I assume all people loves Baz. Especially in Australia—all of us rally round our personal. And the incontrovertible fact that he made the film there, I assume is de facto particular. This is a film that is imagined to be skilled in a cinema; all people’s been ready to observe this movie and I hope that each one Australians go and see this movie only for that distinctive, singular expertise… sitting down and watching this film for the first time after we have all been aside from our households and mates. And I hope that they really feel impressed by this music and really feel completely satisfied.
You have been truly in the “viewers” in sure scenes as a result of Priscilla was there to observe Elvis at many performances in his profession: Vegas, as an illustration. How did you like watching the unimaginable exhibits as they have been being created or recreated for the movie? Yeah, the artwork imitating life imitating artwork was stunning. I felt watching Austin kill it and blow it out of the water like he did was really a actually particular, distinctive expertise. On set, as viewers members, all of us obtained to expertise it collectively in the room and it was electrical.
This is a movie you advocate folks see on a big display? It is the movie to see on a big display, the final movie to see on a big display, arms down. You cannot absolutely get the immersive expertise on a laptop computer, particularly as a result of the musical component is so necessary and as a result of Baz and the complete group at Bazmark actually do music the way it ought to be achieved. You’ve obtained to listen to it on these audio system!