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VICE — Imogen Poots and I keep circling back to the topic of being taken seriously. The 27-year-old, British-born actor starred in last year’s lauded horror film Green Room as Amber, a Nazi skinhead who fights alongside a traveling punk band to escape from a remote Nazi punk club located deep in the Oregon woods. Poots was nearly overlooked for the role because, as she tells it, director Jeremy Saulnier had seen a picture of her dressed up “in some dumb dress with some dumb hairdo and had been like, ‘What the fuck?’ It was a picture of me at a premiere or something,” she tells me by phone from her home in New York City. “And Jeremy had been like, ‘Nah, whatever.'”

It’s hard to blame someone for not immediately seeing the gorgeous actor as the natural choice to play a skinhead, but those who would attempt to pigeonhole Poots as belonging only in certain kinds of roles are bound for disappointment. Poots’s list of films reads like she’s playing a game of genre-film bingo. She’s done horror before (28 Days Later, Fright Night), in addition to comic-book adaptations (V for Vendetta), indie charmers (Greetings from Tim Buckley), big-budget action films (Need for Speed), and romantic comedies (That Awkward Moment). The one constant is the graceful maturity she is capable of bringing to every role, a quality on full display in her role as Lola in writer-director Matthew Ross’s Frank & Lola, in theaters December 9. The film, which co-stars Michael Shannon as Frank, is a psychosexual noir centered on a couple in the midst of a passionate love affair who both make mistakes that destroy their trust in each other.

As the film begins, I experience a flicker of concern that what I’m about to see is something I’ve seen before—a film ostensibly about a relationship, that ends up actually being about a man in love with a caricature of a woman, always beautiful, always bathed in soft, twinkling lights, her nature revealed only through the penetrating gaze of her male counterpart. But I should have put more trust in Imogen Poots: a woman committed to being more than just a pretty face, an actor who demands to be taken seriously.

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Imogen was yesterday at AOL Build with Frank & Lola director Matthew Ross, where they spoke about the movie. Thanks to Luciana, from Jeffrey Dean Morgan Web, i’ve added to the gallery photos from the duo. You can now watch the full interview bellow!

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METRO — Like many of us, Imogen Poots isn’t sure how to feel right now. It’s mere weeks until our new president arrives, and we can’t be 100 percent sure how bad — or how not-quite-bad — things are going to get. “It’s a funny thing,” Poots tells us. “It’s this strange period where you know something is a reality, but you can’t see the evidence yet. Then you suddenly realize the evidence is everywhere.”

The English actress — 27, and recently of “Green Room,” “Knight of Cups” and the Cameron Crowe show “Roadies” — agrees we need temporary distractions. Cat videos work. Or there’s her latest film, “Frank & Lola,” a dark neo-noir about love and obsession. The indie stars her and Michael Shannon as strangers who fall in love. But when he learns about her shady past, he becomes unhealthily driven to learn more. At least it’s not as grim as the news.

I’m reluctant to call “Frank & Lola” a neo-noir, because it doesn’t really play like a typical noir. It’s more a romance and a drama.
Yeah, it’s interesting. The director [Matthew Ross], when I met him, he reeled off a bunch of movies that inspired him. But he stressed that the subject was obsession. I think of it as a romantic tragedy. There’s something really tragic about a couple setting out to do their best, and it just doesn’t work out. They kind of f— it up for themselves and for each other.

You’re a big noir fan, too, right?
A friend of mine introduced me to film noir. He showed me the film of “The Naked City.” That was the first one that got me. I remember someone who made those films saying, “You know, we didn’t call film noir ‘film noir’; we just called them thrillers.” It’s a way of understanding them afterwards.

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Labels: Frank & Lola, Interviews

Let the games begin! Olivier Award winner Luke Treadaway and stage newcomer Imogen Poots will take on the roles of Nick and Honey in a new production of the late Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. As previously reported, the James Macdonald-helmed revival will play a limited engagement from February 22, 2017 through May 27 and star Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill. Opening night is set for March 9 at the Harold Pinter Theatre.

Treadaway garnered an Olivier Award in 2013 for his performance as Charlie in the National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. He has appeared onstage in Saint Joan and War Horseat the NT as well as in Piranha Heights, Cradle Me and Over There. Onscreen credits include Fortitude, The Rack Pack, Brothers of the Head, BBC’s The Innocence Project and Clapham Junction.

Poots marks her stage debut in Woolf, having appeared in films including 28 Weeks Later, Jimi: All Is by My Side, The Look of Loveand Need for Speed.

In the early hours of the morning on the campus of an American college, Martha (Staunton), much to her husband George’s (Hill) displeasure, has invited the new professor Nick (Treadaway) and his wife Honey (Poots) to their home for some after-party drinks. As the alcohol flows and dawn approaches, the young couple are drawn into George and Martha’s toxic games until the evening reaches its climax in a moment of devastating truth-telling.

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? won the 1963 Tony Award for Best Play; the 1966 film adaptation was directed by Mike Nichols, and starred Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. It was last seen on the Main Stem in 2012 led by Tracy Letts and Amy Morton.


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