Kate Mara spoke with SheKnows this week about her own personal thrills making the picture, the actor's career she most would like to emulate and how the filming was as cold as those previews appear.
Mara last starred opposite Mark Wahlberg in "Shooter," and her "Transsiberian" is entering summer movie waters that are proving thus far to be the most profitable in history. The film's trailers have been everywhere with its ability to weave character development and thrills. To think that is the beginning.
Transsiberian tells the story of a couple, Harrelson and Mortimer, on a China to Moscow train journey embroiled in the Agatha Christie realm of deception and murder. Not helping things are a pair of strangers portrayed by Eduardo Noriega and Mara.
SheKnows found Mara refreshingly modest. For an actress who appeared opposite Mark Wahlberg in "Shooter," is about to open in a tent pole summer movie that has its studio, First Look, seeing success, she could easily have played the Diva.
Mara is the real deal, as humble as she is talented.
Kate Mara: First of all when I knew it was a Brad Anderson film, I respect as a filmmaker because all of his movies are so completely different. You can't compare "The Machinist" to "Transsiberian" to any of his films. They are all so different. You wouldn't necessarily know they were made by the same guy, which I love. That's the kind of actor I want to be. When I read the script, I thought it was a really cool thing and really different for me. I've never done anything like it. I love how the story ends up. And of course, the moment I found out about the cast, it's a great. Brad got such a cool cast together for it. I jumped at the opportunity to be a part of it.
SheKnows: How is that as an actress to be in quite a foreign land?
Kara Mara: It was really challenging. I love being able to go to different countries and shoot films there. That was the biggest challenge for me in Lithuania. It was the dead of winter. It felt like it was dark all day. It was freezing cold. But, you know, looking back, it really helped mentally prepare. My character's supposed to be, she's not supposed to be comfortable. She's on a train for a long time. She doesn't have a home and she's backpacking. It was helpful in the end.
SheKnows: Did you do any research for this role in terms of the crossing Europe with a backpack twenty-something?
Kate Mara: No, I didn't research anything. It didn't make me want to go on a Transsiberian trip, but I do want to go on the one called 'The Scotsman.' It's a really, really, really, nice old fashioned train. I love to experience that someday. I love traveling anyway. It would be a great thing to do. Being in Lithuania, a place I've never been before, I didn't need to research. I didn't speak the language, I was all by myself. I had time to wander the streets and it was definitely times that were really lonely and scary. That sort of thing helped with the character.
SheKnows: Well, what a great person to model yourself after.
Kate Mara: (laughs) I strive to be as good as him.
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