Close-up: An Interview with Natalie Krill

CANADIAN-BORN actor Natalie Krill stops by on Close-up Culture to talk about her dance background, a future in directing and her electric chemistry with Erika Linder in Below Her Mouth.

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Q: You started dancing from a young age and rose to a very high standard. How important has dancing been to your development as a performer?

A: AS a young girl, dancing was my outlet. It gave me a way to express all that I had inside of me. It is the foundation of my work as an actor. When I am preparing a character, I find my way into them by using a lot of music and movement. Dancing will always be my way in.

Q: What drives your passion for performing?

A: IT is always to discover more about myself and human nature. I am fascinated with what each character brings out of me, the light and the dark.


Q: Erika Linder and yourself gave a terrific performances in Below Her Mouth. How do you reflect on the project and it’s worldwide success?

A: THANK you for saying so. It was a very demanding project, there is no doubt about that. But from the moment I was cast, there was a flow with everything we did.

I am so grateful for that experience. It was meaningful to everyone involved. We all felt as though we were a part of something special. And we were. It has been the biggest gift to meet our audiences and to see how much the film impacted them.

Q: How did you prepare for the role and begin to build that electric on-screen chemistry with Erika?

A: FOR my preparation, I did a lot of really mundane daily things. One of my favourite things to do was to do laundry as Jasmine. There was something so powerful in that simple activity for me. I felt her boredom and dissatisfaction with her life as she knew it. I felt her dreams and desire for some other kind of life while doing this domestic chore.

As for building the electric on-screen chemistry, that was all pretty natural. We did not do too much outside of filming. We were given each other’s phone numbers a few weeks before filming started, and were encouraged to get in touch with each other. So we did – if you know what I mean.


Q: What was it like working with director April Mullen? Does directing appeal to you?

A: APRIL was wonderful to work with. So caring and generous with us. I felt so safe with her behind the camera. Which was so important for this project. That security allowed us to go to places we had not dreamed of.

Directing does appeal to me. I definitely have a lot to learn before that happens but I do see that in my future.

Q: You recently had a part in Aaron Sorkin’s thrilling film Molly’s Game. Can you tell us about that experience?

A: I have been a huge fan of both Jessica Chastain and Aaron Sorkin for a long time so it was a really exciting project to work on. They were both so down to earth and kind. Aaron had such a clear vision of what he wanted, so it made my job really easy and fun.

Q: What kind of stories and characters would you like to take on in the future?

A: THERE are so many. I love historical stories but then I also love mythological stories. I love heroines but I also love an underdog. In conclusion, I want to play a wide range of characters and tell all kinds of stories. As long as I am being challenged to explore and discover, I will be happy.

Q: Lastly, do you have any upcoming projects you can tell us about?

A: I HAVE a cool, post apocalyptic film coming out soon. It is called SuperGrid. I play the sniper, North. It has got a lot of badassery and smart ass remarks. It is going to be a fun time.

Title image by Hill Peppard

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