The actress speaks about her other roles preparing for the upcoming film.
Australian actress MIa Wasikowska has been keeping busy since her appearance in the Tim Burton version of "Alice in Wolderland."
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This year alone she's appeared in a vampire romance (Jim Jarmusch's "Only Lovers Left Alive"), a Terry Gilliam-esque dystopian drama (Richard Ayoade's "The Double") and a life affirming biopic (John Curran's "Tracks").
Even though Tim Burton won't be directing, Indiewire sat down to talk to the actress about her success, life, and the upcoming new film for Alice.
The film premiered over a year ago in Venice. Is the experience of making "Tracks" still fresh in your mind?
I guess so 'cause it was probably a year and a half, almost two years ago now! But it’s strange to say that because it feels like it was just like a couple of weeks ago. It was great. I hadn’t shot in Australia since I was 17, so it was the first thing I’d done in a really long time. So it was really nice for that reason.
Did you explore parts of Australia that you'd never been to before, in making "Tracks"?
Yeah, we would more as a family go to the coast, but I’ve never really been to the Australian desert until we did this film. So it was nice to actually explore parts of my own country.
Did that play into why you wanted to take on the project?
No, I just really liked the role. I really liked her and I read the script before I read the book. I felt like I really understood her even just from that and it was very sparse — the script changed numerous times. The first one I read was very sparse and simple, but I found it really, really emotional even though it was very simple.
You're about to shoot the sequel to "Alice in Wonderland," the film that you put you on the map. Since the first "Alice," you're only appeared in art house fare. What made you take the leap and return to the franchise?
Well, partly I’m contractually obligated so I like partly have to. And then also it has a great cast and I haven't done a big film since then. It gave me so many opportunities, so it’s not a bad thing in a way. Yes, it’s strange. I completely didn’t think it was going to happen. It’s been six years now and I think that is unusual. I thought if there was going to be a sequel it might have been a year later, or something, so it became kind of a shock that they were going to go ahead with it.
Do you feel ready to revisit it?
Yeah, it’ll be interesting. It’s a lot more sets this time, which will be really nice. Filming on blue screen instead of green screen are the main differences.
And no Tim.
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And no Tim.