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Mia Wasikowska is one of the hottest actresses in Hollywood. The movies she starred in last year have grossed over 1.3 billion dollars and now, the producers of her latest film, “Jane Eyre” are hoping a little of that magic can be sprinkled on this movie. 

Mia plays Jane Eyre in the latest remake of the classic book, and helps director Cary Fukunaga create a dark retelling of a story most of us know and love. The movie is highly entertaining, and watching Mia as Jane Eyre will make you laugh, cry and cheer as you watch love unfold.  

We sat down with Mia Wasikowska to chat about her new role, her career and more. Check it out.

GLOBALGRIND: It was written that you were the highest grossing actress of the year bringing in $1.3 billion for your films.  Do money matters like that concern you?

MIA WASIKOWSKA: When it comes to choosing the projects that I do, no. I’d rather choose a project that I think is creatively fulfilling or exciting or challenging. That’s sort of what I look for first.

GG: But, when you see numbers attached to the movies that you’re in, is it something that you would keep an eye on?

MW: I don’t know, I mean, it’s not like I would ignore it. But, it depends what it is. It always depends what the project is. But primarily I would rather do something that I think is fulfilling.”[pagebreak]

GG: How did you end up on this movie?  Were you Jane Eyre Fan?

MW: I’d just finished Alice (In Wonderlan) and I’d just gone home to Australia and it was the first time I’d gone home after a film where I had no school.  So, I made a list of books that I was going to read and “Jane Eyre” was on it and I started reading it.  I think I was on the fifth chapter and I emailed my agent and I was like, this is great.  Is there a script around?  Is there anything happening with this story?  She said ‘no not yet, but I’ll keep it in mind.’  And then it was like a month or two later that she emailed me back and was like, here is the script and the director would like to meet you.  And so, it was really kind of a case of great timing.  I’d just read the book and it was very exciting.

GG: In the last year you have played two of the biggest characters in British literature, “Alice In Wonderland” and now “Jane Eyre.” How gratifying is that as a young actress to get those kind of roles?

MW: Yeah, I feel really, really lucky. They are roles that have been through generations and who people have connected with over a number of years. And it also sort of makes you the target and the bullseye, but it’s good fun though.


GG: Life was sort of formal and a bit repressed back then. Was it difficult as a modern actress to sort of get into that mind set?

MW: Well, a lot of things help with that.  Like, the minute you put on the costumes and the corset. It’s true, it’s totally true how hideously repressive it is and that affects your breath, your voice and the way you stand.  That’s like the first, the beginning of repression.  There are moments when you’re going like, do I have the muffin or that water?  Like, you have to kind of sacrifice one or the other.  So it’s just a small amount of space. The other thing about Jane is that she’s a very modern character. I feel like if you were to put her in our society now, she would thrive. Which is sort of why she has lived for such a long time people keep connecting to her.

GG: How much of an asset is it for a young actor to be able to change accents from movie to movie?

MW: I love doing accents.  I really enjoy it and it definitely becomes the character for me, once I sort of establish an accent with a character.  I can’t imagine them without it, so I read it in my head in that accent and I think it sort of adds a different challenge and a dimension.


GG: How hard is it to make sure you keep the book consistent? And how do you keep it relevant for a new audiences?

MW: I feel like that is one of the cool things about a story that has been done so many times.  It often reflects the society and the culture at that time that it’s being made. Even in ways that you don’t realize until time has passed.  Yeah, me and Cary (director) had a similar idea of who Jane was and what was important to bring out in the story.  I liked his idea of bringing out a darker side and also kind of a younger side because I think the thing that is sometimes lost in other interpretations is that Jane is eighteen.  I think I was twenty when I did the role so I was already two years older.  She’s really like a teenager like every other teenager now.

GG:  Do you think that the young people will go out to see this movie?

MW:  I hope so.  I don’t see Jane Eyre so much as like a period piece as it is like a really great story.  Particularly for young women, as well and I hope it has an angle that will sort of bring young people to it.


GG: When you were on set, we noticed both of your parents are photographers and you like photography.  Did you guys take any picture being over there?

MW:  Yeah, yeah I took a lot of pictures.  I love having like another creative outlook that I have a bit more control over and photography has been a really therapeutic way.  Also, we get a lot of downtime and even in between set-up’s there is a lot of waiting around.  That is fine, but I like doing stuff in that period.

GG:  What was your best shot?

MW:  I am not sure.  I liked also taking pictures in between because sometimes the most interesting composition is when you’re sort of in the center of something and then there’s all this attention that is focused on you and you have like a camera in your face and a boom above your head and often that is the perspective that isn’t seen, which is what I try to do with my photographs.

GG:  Speaking of downtime, Dame Judy Dench is kind of notorious for her pillows that she kind of stitches on set.  Did you get one and what did you say?

MW:  No, I did not get one.  I didn’t see any pillows on the set (laughs).

GG:  What was she like to work with?

MW:  She’s wonderful; I mean she’s a legend.  And for any young actress to be able to work with her is like a…you know, even just to see how she is on set.  She is incredibly professional and she is really like modern and young.  And her spirit is really fun and she is just the consummate professional.

GG: Is that a better investment than acting school?  Actually acting with somebody who is a master like her?

MW:  Yeah, sometimes, for sure.  You know, I’ve learned so much from everyone that I’ve worked with.  It’s an accelerated education and a lot of people like ask me what is the best advice I have gotten in it.  It’s not really like people go around giving me advice, but even watching how they carry themselves in situations.  That’s really cool.

Thank you very much for taking the time to sit down with us. Jane Eyre opens in theaters, March 11th, 2011