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by admin on October 6th, 2021

The ascendant actress discusses entering the dark side of 1960s Soho in Edgar Wright’s new chiller

Rachel Louise Brown for Esquire

The actress Thomasin McKenzie is an introverted performer, imbuing her characters with a quiet intensity rather than fighting for the camera’s attention. “It takes a lot of effort from me to be‘ big’,” she tells Esquire over Zoom, from her family home in Wellington, New Zealand. “Even when I feel like I’m doing a massive performance, I watch the film and it’s so much smaller than it felt in my head.”

For her next role, the 21-year-old, who is endearingly sweet yet preternaturally sage, in the way actors who have worked alongside adults from a young age sometimes are, had no choice: she had to go big. McKenzie leads the cast of the flamboyant horror film Last Night in Soho, a technicolour extravaganza from Edgar Wright, the treasured British director behind Shaun of the Dead and Baby Driver. The actress plays Eloise, a goofy aspiring fashion designer who dreams of moving to London. Once there, she is transported to the Swinging Sixties where she encounters Sandy (played by the similarly elfin actress Anya Taylor-Joy, who screams, sobs and smokes with the same vigour as she did in the Netflix series The Queen’s Gambit), only to find the fluorescent lights and glamour of the city are a garish nightmare from up close.

McKenzie is the daughter of an actress, Miranda Harcourt, and a director, Stuart McKenzie, and the granddaughter of another actress, Dame Kate Harcourt. Her early years in New Zealand were spent running around the acting school where her mother taught. A savvy nine-year-old, she initially entered the family business as a side-hustle, performing for pocket money so that she could buy new toys. “I used to collect erasers, which are rubbers but I call them erasers because in America rubbers are condoms and it’s not a good look to say you’re collecting condoms,” she laughs. “I was really obsessed with Sylvanian Families, too.”

McKenzie’s breakout role came in Debra Granik’s 2018 Leave No Trace, about a PTSD-afflicted father who lives off-grid in the woods with his daughter, a part McKenzie fit so perfectly that, watching the film, it feels as though Granik had come across McKenzie by searching the forest before they started filming. The director pulled off the same trick once before, plucking a teenaged Jennifer Lawrence from obscurity for the revered Winter’s Bone. McKenzie’s performance in Leave No Trace earned her comparisons to Lawrence, a strange thing for an 18-year-old who had grown up on The Hunger Games to contend with. Admired performances in Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit and M Night Shyamalan’s Old followed, and now her slate of upcoming projects features some of the biggest names in filmmaking.

McKenzie was shooting her compatriot Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog, about a pair of warring brothers on a ranch in Montana, when the pandemic halted production in early 2020. She went back to stay with her family in New Zealand, settling into a bubble far away from the noise she had grown accustomed to. “After Leave No Trace it was hard to take stock,” she says.“The lockdown was a great moment to pause and reassess what kind of stuff I wanted to do. I don’t do films because of how big they might be, I’m just living every day.”

Last Night in Soho is Wright’s love letter to London’s most louche and libidinous enclave, which dazzled him as a teenage boy from Dorset. The closing credits feature shots of the city captured during the pandemic, when the streets were terrifyingly empty and the pubs were —more terrifyingly still — shuttered. “It paints a good picture of what Soho is: the good and the bad,” McKenzie says of the film. Wright issued a list of 1960s films for her to make her way through to get a sense of the tone he wanted, with horror classics like Polanski’s Repulsion and Rosemary’s Baby, as well as British kitchen-sink dramas Poor Cow and A Taste of Honey all featuring. “I’m not naturally a horror watcher,” she says. “He had [Dario Argento’s terrifying 1977 film] Suspiria on the list but I couldn’t do it. It didn’t sound like my cup of tea.”

Last Night in Soho is in cinemas 31 Oct

Source: Esquire.com

by admin on September 29th, 2021

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by admin on September 28th, 2021

by admin on July 28th, 2021

The star of M. Knight Shyamalan’s new thriller, Old, defies the adage that youth is wasted on the young.

Thomasin McKenzie is only 21 years old, but lately she’s been thinking a lot about the passing of time. “I think I’m someone who really struggles to be in the moment,” says the actress, who stars in Old, the new M. Night Shyamalan thriller. Recently, at her father’s urging, McKenzie took up meditation. (Sam Harris’s Waking Up is her favorite guided app.) Working on Old, the story of a family whose tropical island vacation turns terrifying when everyone suddenly begins to age rapidly (their life spans each reduced to a single day), helped put things in perspective too. “It made me think a lot about being present and taking each thing as it comes.”

For McKenzie, time is a recurring theme right now. In Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho, a psychological thriller in which she stars opposite Anya Taylor-Joy, due out in October, she plays a young woman who is mysteriously transported back to Swinging London in the 1960s. In Life After Life, the BBC’s upcoming four-part adaptation of Kate Atkinson’s novel of the same name, McKenzie’s character dies and is reborn several times over the course of six decades. “Maybe I’m just supposed to be thinking about time these days,” she muses. “Maybe the universe is trying to tell me something.”

McKenzie auditioned with Shyamalan for her role in Old over Zoom. It was the early days of the pandemic, and she was hunkered down in her native Wellington, New Zealand. “It was quite awkward,” she recalls. “But obviously it went good enough for him.” McKenzie then had two hours to read the script in its entirety as Shyamalan’s projects are famously shrouded in secrecy. “It’s thought-provoking and unlike anything I’d ever read or seen before,” she says. And while a Zoom audition may have been new territory for McKenzie, acting is in her blood: Her mom is actor and drama coach Miranda Harcourt, her father is the writer and director Stuart McKenzie, and her maternal grandmother is actor Kate Harcourt. The third of four children, McKenzie grew up on far-flung movie sets around the world, from Philadelphia to Rarotonga in the Cook Islands. “I think if my family weren’t in the film industry, my life would have been completely different,” she says. “It’s really formed who I am as a person.”

McKenzie herself started acting when she was nine, learning through osmosis rather than through any formal training. Initially, though, she wanted nothing to do with the family business. “I knew that it wasn’t as glamorous a job as you might expect from the outside,” she says. “I wanted to be anything else.” It wasn’t until she was 13, when she played a younger version of sexual-abuse survivor and activist Louise Nicholas in the 2014 film Consent, that she saw the power of storytelling to effect change and decided to pursue acting as a career. “It was a really tough role, and that opened my eyes to the fact that through acting, you get a chance to have a voice.”

It was after starring in Debra Granik’s 2018 film Leave No Trace that McKenzie’s career began to take off. (Granik has a reputation as a star-maker; her 2010 drama, Winter’s Bone, featured a then-little-known actress by the name of Jennifer Lawrence.) A string of critically acclaimed projects followed—David Michôd’s The King; Liz Garbus’s Lost Girls; and Taika Waititi’s Oscar-winning Jojo Rabbit among them. McKenzie’s measured performances consistently stand out, subtle—quiet even—yet soulful and impactful.

McKenzie is building her career by studiously choosing projects that have emotional heft and telegraph larger messages. She’s a compulsive over-preparer. “I’m always scrambling to watch the things that they’re talking about, just so that I come off smart or whatever,” she tells me.

Before filming Last Night in Soho, the director, Wright, sent her a list of some 50 films—horror, classic, and cult, mainly—as suggested viewing to add context and reference points to McKenzie’s preparation; she made it through most of them. “Education is still happening, I feel,” she says. “I’m still learning a lot with every single thing I do.”

Source: harpersbazaar.com

by admin on July 22nd, 2021

I added photoshoot outtakes to two albums in the gallery. Click on the gallery links below to see all new photos.

by admin on April 26th, 2021

I added new photoshoot outtakes to the gallery taken by Eric Ryan Anderson for The Hollywood Reporter in 2018. Click on the gallery link to see all new photos.

by admin on March 25th, 2021

I added a HQ photoshoot outtake taken at SCAD Savannah Film Festival on 27 October 2018. Click on the photo to see it full size.

by admin on March 3rd, 2021

Kiwi actress Thomasin McKenzie and Miranda Harcourt’s daring new roles

Photography by Victoria Birkinshaw

Thomasin McKenzie is used to walking red carpets in glamorous gowns and starring beside Hollywood greats like Scarlett Johansson, but it’s the simple pleasures in life, like lemony chickpea soup, that keep the young Kiwi actress happy.

Chatting from her family home in Wellington, beside her acting coach mother Miranda Harcourt, 58, Thomasin credits home-made comfort food for getting her through some big days on set.

“For a while, it’s all I wanted, lemony chickpea soup,” grins the blue-eyed beauty, 20, who wowed audiences with her performance as Jewish teen Elsa Korr on Taika Waititi’s satire film Jojo Rabbit.

Soup, the mother-daughter duo agree, really is good for the soul. “As an actress, you tell stories, whether they’re harrowing or comedic, and you’re constantly giving out all this emotion, so at the end of the day, I’m a bit like a zombie,” Thomasin admits. “Coming home to a favourite dinner and support system around me who understand is all I really want.”

Over the past couple of years, former Gloss actress Miranda and her film-maker husband Stuart McKenzie have accompanied their daughter to London, continuing their own projects and exploring art galleries while Thomasin worked.

“We’d home-school our youngest daughter Davida, who is 14 now, and then it’d be like, ‘What can we do for Thomasin when she gets home?’ Stuart is so good at making lemony chickpea soup. We’ve used the recipe so much, the photograph in the book has completely faded!” Miranda laughs.

“After a day on set, Thomasin just needs calm time, the food that makes her feel healthy and happy, and to go to bed.”

Thomasin, smiling, throws a spanner in the works by admitting that she’s getting a little sick of the family favourite.

“What?!” Miranda gasps, her eyes widening behind her black-rimmed glasses. “No!” It’s an overcast day as the Weekly chats with the talented pair from the house they’ve been in for 18 years, where Miranda’s actress mother, Dame Kate Harcourt, 94, lives downstairs.

Lights from streets as far as Porirua, a half hour’s drive from their home, twinkle below the lounge window, which overlooks the ocean.

Thanks to Stuart’s love of art, works fill every wall. A statement piece made from an old painted black filing cabinet, by award-winning Kiwi multi-media artist Merylyn Tweedie, greets guests at the front door.

“We got it when Thomasin and Peter [now 22 and a law student] were babies,” says Miranda. “One day I went outside to look for our car, which had my library books in it, and Stuart told me he’d swapped the car for this sculpture. Well, those books never went back!”

While art talk is fun for Miranda and her daughter, who both attended Wellington’s private Samuel Marsden Collegiate School, there’s something closer to Thomasin’s heart she wants to chat about.

Photography by Victoria Birkinshaw

Since the end of last year, the Leave No Trace star has been an ambassador for So They Can, a New Zealand initiative that provides education to children living in poverty in Kenya and Tanzania. Along with her mother, who went to school with Cass Treadwell, the founder of So They Can, Thomasin is about to embark on its 1HumanRace challenge.

“Throughout March, you have to move 85km in whatever way you choose, and the goal is to raise money for the 85 per cent of girls living in Pokot, Kenya, who are subject to female genital cutting, or forced into child marriage between 9 and 13 years of age,” shares Thomasin, who played Pixie Hannah on Shortland Street in 2016.

“It’s a great thing to do because you’re putting in the work and moving to make a difference, rather than sitting at a computer and making a donation and then forgetting about it.”

The organisation has so far graduated 474 teachers from its Tanzanian Teachers’ College to support the next generation.

For Thomasin, helping those who are less fortunate feels natural. “I don’t want to be the type of person who attaches her name to something but doesn’t actually make the physical effort,” she explains. “With acting, it’s easy to get inside of your own head, so it’s really important to live your life for other people as well, not just selfishly for yourself.”

Thomasin was 13 when she discovered her passion for acting, after appearing as a young Louise Nicholas on the film Consent, and learning she could tell worthy stories on screen.

“What’s important as an actress is to make sure you keep your humanity sharp,” adds Miranda, who is an acting coach for big Hollywood stars.

Acting, Thomasin says, is also an emotional rollercoaster.

“It’s not the glamorous kind of job some people assume it to be. Even though it’s wonderful, it’s a lot deeper than just showing up in front of a camera with some make-up on,” she explains. “There’s a lot of yourself that goes into acting. Like Mum said, a big part is feeding yourself in other ways.

It’s not so healthy just to be focused on acting, when for me, having experiences and passions to draw from keep me grounded and motivated.”

This evening, Thomasin has a session with a dialect coach she met in London while working on Last Night in Soho, which screens in New Zealand this November. “The Kiwi accent is quite harsh, so it’s a bit difficult to break out of that, Thomasin laughs. “There can be such subtle differences, like if there’s one noise that sounds off, it ruins the whole thing! It takes a lot of work to do a good job to get other accents down.”

Photography by Victoria Birkinshaw

Surprisingly, despite her critically acclaimed success, Thomasin has never had any formal acting coaching. “Mum has always been an amazing resource for me. She understands a scene just like that, and how tiny tweaks in the dialogue can change the entire scene,” she enthuses. “Dad’s also the first one I talk to if I’m reading a script because he’s a writer and has amazing instincts around whether a script is good or not.”

Thomasin has wondered whether she’d be acting if it wasn’t for her talented family.
“Mum, Dad and I have quite a unique relationship because obviously they’re my parents, but there’s a business relationship, too. When we travel around the world together for work, we’re often talking about business and ideas, and what we think of a script,” she tells. “I’m really lucky, but it has also meant I’ve always wanted to define myself and figure out why I’m doing this, for my own reasons. I do wonder what else I’d be. Maybe a vet!”

Before she heads overseas again soon, this time without her parents, to work on an unannounced series in London, Thomasin’s making the most of being at home and with friends.

“I’m reading scripts and we’re going through the visa application process, which is always really stressful!” she shares. “It won’t be the first time I’ve travelled alone, though. Late last year I went to the Dominican Republic to film Old.”

Source: nzherald.co.nz

by admin on November 2nd, 2020

I added 10 high quality photoshoot outtakes to the gallery from last year. Click on the gallery links below see both albums that have been updated.

by admin on September 10th, 2020

I added 10 photoshoot outtakes from Thomasin for the Christmas 2019 edition of Total Film. Click on the gallery link below to see the photos full size.

And I also updated the gallery with screencaps of the Jojo Rabbit DVD Extras. A special thanks to Abby from s-johansson.org for making the screencaps! Click on the gallery link below to see all screencaps.

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Current Projects
Last Night in Soho

Role: Eloise
Release Date: April 2021
When A young girl, passionate about fashion design, is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s where she encounters her idol, a dazzling wannabe singer. But 1960s London is not what it seems, and time seems to fall apart with shady consequences.
The Justice of Bunny King

Role: Tonyah
Release Date: 2020?
A triumph over adversity tale about women fighting their way back from the bottom of society.
The Power of the Dog

Role: Unknown
Release Date: 2021 (Netflix)
A pair of brothers who own a large ranch in Montana are pitted against each other when one of them gets married.
Untitled M. Night Shyamalan Universal Project

Role: Unknown
Release Date: Unknown
More info coming soon.