Andrea Riseborough opens up about what drew her to dark thriller Nancy...
Nancy, the dark thriller starring Andrea Riseborough, gets released on DVD today (November 5th) and the actress has opened up about what drew her to the project.
The film tells the story of the title character, a woman who becomes increasingly convinced that she was kidnapped as a child. That belief then intensifies when she sees an interview with Ellen and Leo, a couple whose daughter went missing many years earlier.
Nancy decides to then meet Ellen and Leo and they take Nancy into their home. After that, it's not long before the lines between fantasy and reality become increasingly blurred...
Riseborough stars alongside J. Smith-Cameron, Ann Dowd, John Leguizamo, and Steve Buscemi co-star, with the cast working for rising writer/director Christina Choe.
Speaking to hmv.com about the film, Riseborough said what had originally drawn her to the project had been writer/director Christina Choe’s script.
She said: “I met Christina about four and a half years ago and she’d read written this script called ‘Look Who’s Coming For Kimchi’. That didn’t get off the ground and neither did another she’d written about the LA riots, but she had Nancy.”
She continued: “It was this great script. It was focused on what it’s like to both feel like an imposter in your own life and be an imposter. It dealt with online misrepresentation and what it’s like to be lonely and crave connection in the social media age.”
Then asked what it was about the character that had convinced her to sign on, she added: “I felt so much for the main character and I loved that she was a female anti-hero. There are so few of those in cinemas and it’s so healthy to see flawed women in the lead role who aren’t villains or hyper-sexualised. These characters take you on a journey.”
Riseborough also spoke about working with Steve Buscemi and Ann Down on the project, saying: “Steve and Ann are two of the greatest artists of our generation and they responded to Christina’s brilliant script. We were lucky that they were willing and able to do it. It was a tight budget, it was 17 or 18 days in upstate New York. It wasn’t a fancy shoot, it was very hard work, but it turned out to be a really special experience for everybody.”