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Breakout star: Lucy Walters aka the girl on the subway in Shame

Shame, Lucy Walters

Feature by Rob Carnevale

DO YOU sometimes notice a star in the making in a brief moment in a TV programme or film? Or even a strong supporting player who hasn’t previously been on your radar? Well, we’ve decided to try and occasionally bring them more to people’s attention.

First up, is Lucy Walters, the girl who captivates Michael Fassbender’s sex addict Brandon while he is riding the New York subway.

The actress has no lines and no character name – but her two scenes (which book-end the film) have provoked some of the more feverish discussion among fans of the film.

So, who is she? Walters studied at the University of Texas in Austin before moving to New York herself in 2007.

The Brooklyn resident has since appeared in TV shows Gossip Girl and Army Wives and will be on the big screen in forthcoming films The Brass Teapot, alongside Juno Temple, and Bastards of Young for director Josiah Signor.

Ironically, Walters came to the attention of Shame casting director Avy Kaufman when she went to audition for the part of one of the girls that Fassbender’s character talks to in a bar.

Although she didn’t get that part, she was invited back mid-shoot to audition for the girl on the train, during which she met Steve McQueen in his trailer and had a ‘get-to-know-you-session’ with Fassbender.

Lucy Walters

The actress recently told Artinfo.com: “They said, “Just from talking to you, it feels right. Your skin is translucent enough we’ll be able to read whatever emotions are on your face.” The trust was already there.”

Commenting on the scene in question, and the air of mystery that surrounds it, Walters went on to say: “I know it [the film] is Brandon’s journey, but in that time she’s had her journey, too, and maybe by then her real relationship isn’t being all that she hoped it would be, so she finds herself much more excited by the possibility of what this stranger on the subway might represent for her and has become more open to it.

“Does something happen or not? We don’t know and I love the ambiguity of that. That kind of economic writing is very powerful to me.”

Don’t bet against seeing more of Walters in the future, though, as she’s clearly capturing attention as ‘Woman on Subway Train’.

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