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INTERVIEW:
 
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Marjorie Nelson - "Mrs. Baker"
 
DESCRIBE MRS. BAKER?
She is an enigma? She has wealth, she has property but what she doesn't have is love. She decides to attempt, and she does so successfully to go to other side and she reaches her sister and mother, who have long since disappeared from this earth. They communicate with her, in a way that she believes she can attain a new self. That's the mystery, in other words that she could take the body of her housekeeper and transport her death into that body, into that person and thereby hangs this tale.
 
IS WHAT MRS. BAKER PLANS EVIL, HOW DOES SHE GET TO THAT POINT?
Lillian doesn't think it's evil, she thinks it's a possible thing and she bypasses the other person for what she wants. That other person is a young attractive woman (Abbey) who has her own life, but Lillian doesn't really care, she wants what she wants.
 
It's for the moviegoers to decide what it is that makes her believe that she can do this and she says at one point that "I don't want your life... I want your body," she has this sinister way of going about an afterlife. Abbey fights her in lots of ways and that is the mystery of the movie. How does Lillian expect this to happen, it's a leap of faith.
 
We she see one thing about Lillian, that if she really wants something, she could really get it. She loses fear when she loses that strong desire. She knows that mistakes have been made in her life and wants to renew her life in this way.
 
Of course she is afraid of dying, so this alternative is what is so attractive to her. There are possibilities there, her family has said we have seen it happen. Whether that is in her mind, or in her own sense of reality. It's for the audience to decide what can really happen here. She has become powerful because of this strong will and she doesn't want to die. How she does it and why she does it, we can only imagine.
 
HOW WAS IT PLAYING THE DARKER ROLE?
It wasn't easy, but that is an actors job to accept the given circumstances. We shall see because there is magic after the film has been shot, with the editing, with the sound, with the music. It was a wonderful experience to do it.
 
WHY DID YOU WANT TO PLAY THE PART?
I auditioned, not with the whole script but with a scene or two, the scenes intrigued me and people intrigued me. And I love experiments and I felt this was an interesting experiment to play such a character.
 
HOW DOES FILM ACTING COMPARE TO STAGE ACTING?
Of course you know once you have it (the movie) in the can, that's it. And that is a challenge, and for me a somewhat fearful challenge. On stage I'm used to playing sometimes runs of a year or more, one knows you have another chance. But you can't go scratching at the scene, "oh no don't do it that way." It's done. So I think that's hard. So I think that as an actor for film it takes practice like anything else. To know that all you have to do in film is think, you don't have to show in any way. In terms of straight forward everyday life, you think and it is. Because film can grab your eyes, the camera can, and there are no lies in there. It's that the tiniest little bit shows in film.
 
Patience is a keynote to film acting. You wait and you wait and then you wait some more. So you have to stay with it.
 
HOW WAS IT WORKING WITH KRIS (KRISTENSEN) AND BEING ON SET?
It was wonderful. He didn't push, he didn't shove, he appreciated a lot and gave very good and succinct criticism if there was something he wanted to change.
 
One feels the pressure of having a lot of crew around you. In rehearsal on the stage you are used to having the just the director. Not a whole bunch of people twisting at your hair and pulling this way and that. Although I've done a number of films, they've been short roles, not ones that go all the way though. There are many more connections you have to make that way. It was fun, the whole project was fun, everyone was great.
 
HOW WAS IT WORKING WITH JEN TAYLOR AND THE OTHER ACTORS?
Jen was absolutely so easy to work with, everybody was. Actors generally are absolutely great to work with, they have their own jobs but they also want to relate to you, because it's all of a piece. There is a very encouraging family sense when you are working on creative project whether it's stage or film.
 
WHAT WAS THE BEST SCENE, THE ONE YOU ENJOYED THE MOST?
Well I think the part that I enjoyed the most, was of course the whole thing. That part that I enjoyed was when it was very active. When I was sure as I wanted to be of what was coming next. I think the doctor scene was fun, I think the intrigue scenes were the most fun. I think when I had something in the back of my mind that I covered, was the most fun. And I think when I see it I'll know what was the most fun.
 
DESCRIBE THE MOVIE.
It's about an aging woman who doesn't want to die and discovers through her relatives on the other side that are long gone that there is a way to survive by inhabiting another body and she chooses her young housekeeper. And the moment comes when they are going to make that happen and how they do it is in a way for us to imagine. Whether she succeeds or not is the enigma of the story. And that's what's fun about it, nothing is black and white in this film.
 
ANY FINAL THOUGHT ABOUT THE MOVIE?
I would just like to do an other one. I find them fun, and the more you do it the more fun they become.
 
This interview was conducted by Marcus Donner.