Sarahâ€™s initial interest in being a part of A Royal Night Out was sparked after reading the script. “I knew that it was a lovely story and it was just charming,” she says. “It was a charming romance.”
After accepting her leading role as the young Princess Elizabeth, researching it further and “really discovering Elizabeth; who she was, what the family had gone through during the war”, she realised a deeper connection. She says: “My grandmother is British and she fought in the womenâ€™s Auxiliary Air Force during World War Two. She met my grandfather during the war, because he was sailing for the British Navy, and they married and immigrated to Canada after World War Two. So there was also that personal connection to the story that made me really want to be a part of this film, to recreate that moment in time that they were both a part of.”
This isnâ€™t the first time that Sarah has portrayed a real person – she also played Emma Jung in A Dangerous Method and Lady Elizabeth Murray in Belle. She believes that by portraying a real person, an actor takes on a lot of responsibility: “You want to do justice to their memory, to their character, to who they were, or who they are in this case. I think you feel this tremendous responsibility to do them justice and I know that really inspired me to work as hard as I could.”
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Sarah Gadon snagged her first plum role last year as the wife of Michael Fassbenderâ€™s Carl Jung in David Cronenbergâ€™s slow-burning psychodrama, A Dangerous Method, and this year, sheâ€™s honing her craft with not one, but two members of the Cronenberg clan. In her turn as poet-heiress Elise Shifrin in David Cronenbergâ€™s new thriller, Cosmopolis, she stars as the wife of Robert Pattinsonâ€™s Eric Packer, a billionaire playboy who hosts a string of oddball characters in his souped-up limo over the course of a 24-hour trek through Manhattan. â€œI love the notion that there is something quite secretive about Elise,â€ says Gadon. The Toronto native researched early 20th-century New York City socialites to tap into her characterâ€™s eccentric side. â€œThey had these really bizarre stories and hilarious names like Bunny and Daphne. I was drawn to the fact that they were extremely wealthy but became very reclusive later in life, so I gave Elise a Connecticut boarding-school drawl and thought she might have been reading a lot of Sylvia Plath.â€ Next up, Gadon will appear in the sci-fi flick Antiviral, the directorial debut of Cronenbergâ€™s son, Brandon, playing a Hollywood starlet who dies of a mysterious disease.
When did you first realize you wanted to act?
When I stepped onstage for the first time professionally in The Nutcracker. I was ten. I was at the National Ballet School of Canada, and as soon as I did that show I realized acting was the most thrilling and satisfying profession for me.
What drew you to your role in David Cronenbergâ€™s new film, Cosmopolis?
David, for sure. I had finished working on A Dangerous Method (2011) last January in Toronto, and I was in what I call â€œCronenberg withdrawal.â€ I could feel this terror that I might never have that wonderful artistic working experience again. So I phoned my agent and asked what else David was working on, and they sent me Cosmopolis. It sounded a little weird, but I read it and thought it was very interesting. A few months later, David called me and offered me the part of Elise Shifrin. I was so thrilled because I didnâ€™t really expect him to do that. Then it was just game on.