For an actor to have the chance to go and play something that’s far away from yourself, physically and also in terms of personality, character, is so much fun. It’s slightly terrifying that you won’t live up to it, but it’s just the most creatively satisfying challenge.
I’m always searching for something. This feeling has possessed me for some time. I’m not sure if I’m searching for a person or place, or if i’m just searching for a job —
君の名は/Your Name (2016) dir. Makoto Shinkai
[Studying law] was awful. It’s one thing speaking fluent German, and another thing understanding the German constitution, which I hadn’t grown up with, or legalese in German. It was incredibly, fiendishly complicated. And I just wasn’t in the mood to learn that. What I was in love with was the idea of being a lawyer – the briefcase, the BMW, the raincoat, the standing up in court proving somebody’s innocence. Which essentially was sort of acting.