Movieline Interviews Jackie Emerson
Movieline sat down to chat with Jackie Emerson, covering off the audition process, her path to stardom, the DVD/blu-ray release and more:
What was your initial audition like? Foxface is an unusual character in that she conveys so much with no known name and no dialogue, so your performance had to come through silently.
Yes. They had me come in and do a lot of reaction stuff — they’d map out a scenario for me and be like, “Okay, you stop here and look around and take it in and think about the complexity of it, but you’re scared at the same time,” but all with the face and without dialogue. It was a very unorthodox audition.
Her intelligence is a great element to the character and to the book — she’s a character who adds a lot of mystery to the proceedings during the Games.
I loved that. And I loved how you knew so little about her and yet Katniss was kind of scared of her in a way. She was one of the only people in the game that Katniss respected. There’s a point where Katniss goes, “Maybe Foxface is the real enemy here.” I thought that was interesting.
You’ve previewed the new Blu-ray releases. What’s your favorite special feature?
For The Tribute Diaries, all of us got Flip cameras and in the couple of weeks leading up to the premiere we filmed all of us hanging out, the mall tours, and stuff like that so that’s a cool insight into us hanging out. There’s also a lot of the Tributes on set, which was really nostalgic for me to watch. It’s like watching a documentary of my summer.
This cast grew pretty close, which happens with these huge franchises as young performers bond together on the shoot and press tour. Did you get any great advice from the older cast members who are a few years ahead into their own careers?
Jen especially gave me really really great advice, and she was there for me when I was freaking out or nervous or confused. She was always really, really supportive, from the beginning – from the first day I met her. She was there to help me along, and I appreciated that so much. It was really wonderful to have that.
The rest of the interview is just as terrific and goes on to talk about Jackie’s upcoming roles and her time in the Devo cover band, Devo 2.0, and is really worth a read. Check it out at Movieline.com