“There are two types of people in this world,” says the coolly assured voice of Rosamund Pike, taking part in Marla Grayson, within the opening voice-over of “I Care a Lot” because the digicam slowly pans over the dazed-looking inhabitants of a nursing house. “The people who take, and those getting took.”
From the primary shot of the again of Marla’s razor-sharp blond bob, it’s clear which class she belongs to. A ruthlessly amoral and icily confident con girl, she performs the position of a conscientious, court-mandated guardian completely, all whereas deftly separating the aged wards below her care from their households and financial institution accounts.
Pike, the British actress finest identified for her Oscar-nominated performance in “Gone Girl,” is the blazing star of “I Care a Lot,” written and directed by J. Blakeson, arriving on Friday on Netflix. Pike has already earned a Golden Globe nomination for the position, by which she is each chillingly villainous and seductively fearless, a real antihero doing very unhealthy issues with relish.
“Marla is like a scrappy street fighter in designer clothing,” Pike stated in a latest video interview from Prague. “It was a deep dive into finding a place where I could own the hunger for money, the hunger to win, the conviction that your own goal is more important than anything else.”
All are traits “that aren’t often portrayed by women in film,” she added.
Pike, 42, is disarmingly stunning with flawless peaches-and-cream pores and skin and easy blond hair. Articulate and considerate in the course of the interview, she thought of questions fastidiously, often going off-piste: “I wish I could ask you some questions,” she stated at one level.
Pike, who discovered early limelight at 21 as a Bond woman in “Die Another Day,” has had a profitable appearing profession for greater than 20 years, however she has by no means acquired — or apparently aspired to — the mega-fame of a few of her friends.
Perhaps that’s as a result of though she might need efficiently specialised taking part in the English rose (see her flip as Jane Bennett in Joe Wright’s 2005 “Pride and Prejudice”), Pike has by no means allowed herself to be pigeonholed by prettiness. She has spoofed the British spy movie in “Johnny English Reborn,” acted reverse Tom Cruise within the motion thriller “Jack Reacher,” and performed a hilariously clueless socialite in “An Education,” the hard-bitten reporter Marie Colvin in “A Private War” and the enigmatic Amy of “Gone Girl.”
“I think she sometimes gets a bit bypassed because she rarely goes showy in her roles,” Blakeson stated. “It confounds me that she didn’t win the Oscar for ‘Gone Girl.’”
Blakeson added that he had lengthy needed to work with Pike. “She is different in every part; you never know what you are going to get,” he stated. “In ‘I Care a Lot,’ playing a character that couldn’t be more unlike her as a person, you are reminded of just how good she is.”
Pike grew up in London, the one little one of two opera singers who spent numerous time on the highway as they traveled from job to job. She stated she knew that she was going to be an actor from in regards to the age of 4. “You grow up in a creative household and you assimilate that,” she stated. “Adults to me were people who could play and tell stories in compelling ways. I would sit for hours in rehearsals for operas and work out why I believed things, or why I didn’t. I found a kind of magic in the theater; it felt like a good place where I belonged.”
She didn’t do a lot about it, she stated, till she was 16, when she noticed a flyer at her college for the National Youth Theater, a British establishment that has constructed a fame for producing actors like Daniel Craig, Colin Firth and Helen Mirren. Pike auditioned, was accepted and spent the following two years performing with the group, finally taking part in the heroine in “Romeo and Juliet.”
Her efficiency as Juliet gained Pike an agent (who she remains to be with), a truth she stored quiet when she went to Oxford University. “I would secretly go to London to audition for things I mostly wouldn’t get, and wonder, ‘Is he going to give up on me?’” she stated. Pike additionally acted at college — “a hotbed of opportunities to fail,” she stated dryly.
She traveled for a bit after commencement, returning in time to audition for the Bond film. “I was all shaggy haired, in a cardigan and old jeans,” she stated. “I couldn’t have been less appropriate, but luckily they could see beyond that.” But though she was praised for her half within the film — her first film role — Pike stated it opened few doorways.
She returned to stage work, performing in Terry Johnson’s “Hitchcock Blonde” on the Royal Court, which she described as a profession spotlight. Since then, nevertheless, she has principally labored in movie, and has been drawn to characters based mostly on real-life figures, together with Ruth Williams, the wife of Seretse Khama, the primary president of Botswana, in “A United Kingdom,” Marie Colvin in “A Private War” and Marie Curie in “Radioactive.”
“She could have easily kept playing a beautiful blonde, the object of desire,” stated Marjane Satrapi, the director of “Radioactive.” “That would have been easy for her, but instead she has taken on roles that are each more challenging than the other. She is an actress who is not scared of getting old, who thinks this is interesting.”
Pike stated that studios not often noticed her as a comic, however she confirmed she could be one within the latest BBC series “State of the Union,” for which she gained an Emmy. “Perhaps people will notice now,” she stated.
“Things are funny because they are true, and someone like Rosamund who plays so truthfully can be very funny,” stated David Tennant, who co-starred with Pike within the British dramedy “What We Did on our Holiday.” For comedy, he added, “you need a lightness of touch, a deftness, you need to come to work with a bit of joy — all qualities that Rosamund has.”
It was 2014’s “Gone Girl,” although, that proved to be Pike’s breakthrough position. “It gave me the chance to learn more about screen acting than I ever had before,” she stated. “I was allowed to show every part of being a woman — to be extreme, dangerous, sweet, compliant, vulnerable. It was the first I could achieve a freedom onscreen that I had only previously felt onstage.”
The character of Marla Grayson in “I Care a Lot” shares sure traits with Amy — notably the deployment of femininity as each a weapon and a efficiency — however Pike was barely indignant on the suggestion that the characters have been comparable.
“I saw them as totally different,” she stated. “I would never want to do a sub-‘Gone Girl.’ To me, Marla was more a shoot from the hip, think on your feet person.”
“It was important to us that this was fun for audiences and that the darkly comedic side was rooted in truth” she added. “What are the values in America? What earns you respect? Money.”
She thought for a bit, then smiled: “Being able to relish and watch in appalled horror and glee — people like that.”