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Win A Date With Tad Hamilton/Wonderland - Kate Bosworth Q&A

Compiled by: Jack Foley

Q. You couldn't have have had two more different roles to play, with Win A Date With Tad Hamilton and Wonderland, so how did that come to pass?
I was on my way back from Hawaii, after doing Blue Crush, and these two scripts happened to have been sent together, so I read them back to back and told my agent, 'gosh, I could do both of these'.

Q. There was no shuffling or juggling to get both projects?
No. I did Wonderland first, and then Tad after that.

Q. Both films demonstrate the corrosive nature of celebrity. Is that something you've had to deal with since your debut in Robert Redford's movie, The Horse Whisperer?
That's interesting. When I was 18, I graduated from High School and moved out to LA, on my own, and I was really lucky, because I had a lot of family out there - my grandparents, and aunts and uncles, and godparents.
So, for me, it was moving out to LA and seeing that lifestyle, and being fascinated by it, and then being able to come home and have a normal life.

Q. Have you had to overcome being star-struck at all?
I don't know if I'd ever want to overcome star-struckedness. I hope I'm always star-struck by people.

Q. Can you give us an example of where you have been star-struck?
Oh gosh, umm. Kevin Spacey, who I just worked with on a film called Beyond The Sea. The Usual Suspects is one of my favourite movies, and he's one of my favourite actors, and it was sort of funny to be in a situation where, all of a sudden, your idol wants to meet with you for a part. You're kind of like, 'what, me?'.
I remember sitting there, waiting at this restaurant for him to show up, and I was kind of nervous. Then he walked up, and it was sort of [pulls a look of awe], but he was really wonderful and it was great.

Q. There's a scene in Tad Hamilton where you go out on your first date and are hit by a blizzard of flashing cameras. Can you recall the first time that happened to you?
It's always so strange, that whole blizzard of flash bulbs. You never get used to it, I don't think. The first time I had to walk the red carpet, which was the first time I had to deal with it, was for the premiere of Remember The Titans, which Jerry Bruckheimer produced. So, of course, he did the premiere big.
He held it at The Rosebowl and bussed 15,000 people from all over California, so there was no pressure.
It was starting up here [points up] and it was wild, and weird.

Q. So was that a defining moment?
I was kind of in shock, I think, I mean they make the red carpet out to be so glamorous and fun, people are waving, etc, but it's sort of ridiculous because the whole time you're just trying to figure out what you're doing and where you are going.

Q. Is it difficult to decide what to wear? Or do people offer you lots of outfits and jewellery to wear for them?
Yeah [looks amazed]. That's the really, really fun part! It's a lot of fun dressing up for things, but there is a bit of pressure that goes along with it as well. All gossip magazines have a list of do's and don'ts, and you always hope, 'god, don't let me be a don't'! But it's fun, you know?

Q. Are you a lot more comfortable now with the pressure and responsibility of headlining a film, in the light of projects such as Blue Crush?
I don't ever really think of myself as headlining a film, I never really put that pressure on me. It's more like there's so many people involved in a project that, at this point, I don't really think my name will draw people. It's more about how the film is put together, by the director, the producers and all the actors involved... everyone.

Q. But it's you who they put in front of us...
Yeah, absolutely, but it's still weird seeing my face go by on the side of a bus!

Q. Do you now understand better how people feel about perceptions of fame, having been in that sort of frame of mind for Tad Hamilton?
It's really sweet when people come up to you.... it's an amazing thing, I think, to be able to shake someone's hand and know that you've given them joy from something like that. It's inspiring and really neat. But I feel very normal, so it sort of baffles me a bit, the whole celebrity thing.

Q. But do you get people coming up to you and not knowing what to do, so you have to lead them through it?
Yeah, it's very funny actually, because they come up and just kind of stand there sometimes. Usually they become more and more at ease, if you start asking questions about them. Then they begin to have more of a conversation with you, once they realise you're just a person.

Q. It says in the publicity that you'll be going to Princeton University this year. Has that been something of a dilemma, the combination of your education and acting?
Oh yeah, constantly. Throughout High School, I did a few small parts here and there, but it was mainly my focus to do well in school.
But, then again, I'd go away for two months and have to correspond with my teachers, and work all day on-set and then work six hours on school stuff, so it was a constant struggle.
So when I graduated High School, I thought I'd defer from college and focus on work, which I've been doing for the past couple of years.
But now I have a place at Princeton and now I feel ready to devote myself to that.

Q. What will you be studying?
Psychology, I think.

Q. Why?
Well, I took a course in High School, just as an elective, and really, really enjoyed it. I think it definitely ties in with acting. I think it's trying to figure out what makes people do what they do, or trying to figure out and understand how a person acts...

Q. You do realise that once you do this course, and come back here to promote your next big movie, you'll be psycho-analysing us?
How do you know I'm not doing that right now [laughs].

Q. Are you actually taking three years out of acting?
No, I probably do either semesters. I wouldn't do three years straight, I'd rather focus a year on one, and then a year on the other. I'll do it based on instinct, I think.

Q. And how easy will it be to include your voluntary work in that?
Oh God, this is the first time that I haven't had a project set up, or coming up next, so it's been really great because I've been able to think about what I'm going to do with my voluntary work instead.

Q. Did you find it very daunting taking on the Sandra Dee role [Beyond The Sea], who was someone very famous?
It was incredibly daunting, but not so much because it was someone who was famous, but more because of the complexity of her character. I play Sandra when she's 16 to 27, so it was incredibly large range for me. I'm 21, so I had to recall being 16 and imagine being 27 in one day.
She's an interesting woman, because she has sort of been the golden girl, she was the biggest box office draw for six years in the 1960s. She's that, and then behind that is a lot of darkness, so it was interesting to go deeper into what she was all about.

Q. Returning to Wonderland, how much did you know about John Holmes before you did this?
I didn't know anything, actually. I read the script and that was my introduction to John Holmes. I was born in 1983 and the murders happened in '81, so I hadn't heard of him really. So just reading the script was my first understanding of it, and I just thought it was a really fascinating, tragic story.

Q. One of the pitfalls of fame is that you can become too closely associated with one type of role. Have you felt those pressures, that people are trying to push you into a particular box, or are you happy being able to find your 'inner dork', as you have been quoted as saying?
[Laughs] That was for Tad Hamilton, which was such a blast to play, this girl who was so unaware of what people thought about her, and just sort of did what she felt like.
I hate the idea of anybody being categorized or being put into a box. Everyone has layers, everyone has complexities, so to put people somebody into a box is ridiculous to me. So I think I try and play different parts just to not be pigeonholed.

Q. Will that mean maybe generating your own projects?
Yeah, I'd love to, that would be great. That's a goal, for sure.

Q. How hard are you going to have to work at Princeton, so that you don't carry this image in with you of someone who is an actress, who might be playing at being a student? Does that worry you?
I don't think so because in my experience of Princeton, it's a lot of people that have different unique aspects to their life, where they will go off and do certain things, such as working with particular sciences, for example, and then coming back and studying. And Princeton is really amazing in how it allows you to do that, because it's kind of the only way you're going to figure out what you want to do, isn't it?

Q. Who would you ideally like to win a date with?
I'd have to say, if I could win a date with any person, it would probably be James Dean.

Q. Now you have to follow up with an explanation?
James Dean requires no explanation, he's just cool!

Q. Coming back to the university issue, are you worried that you might lose your place in the Hollywood pecking order, by taking time away?
No, not really. Just because I wouldn't choose to live my life in that way. It's not something I'm focused on. To be honest, the more people I talk to in the business, and well-respected people, say 'go'. So it's interesting to hear what people have to say.
And I also think it's good to have experiences outside of Hollywood to be honest with you. You know what I mean? To have your own deal, rather than to be shackled to that.

Q. But you have already done that, when you pulled back, earlier in your career, just to be a student...
Yeah, absolutely. I just try to stay happy, and if I feel like all of a sudden that's becoming too much, like the whole business is becoming too much pressure, I think it's nice to have other things in your life you can focus on.

Q. What's it like having a boyfriend in the acting business? Are there pros and cons?
Yeah, pros and cons, like anything.

Q. Is the idea of dating an actor like Tad Hamilton?
Well yeah, it's interesting to play it in the movie, and have it relate to your own life. It's very weird when you open up a magazine and see a picture that you have no idea was taken when you were there. That's very bizarre. I have to keep the paranoia in check, sometimes.

Q. Which actresses do you draw inspiration from?
I love Cate Blanchett; obviously, she's incredibly brilliant, but the way she balances her life is really admirable. And Meryl Streep.

Q. Do blondes have more fun?
It's funny, I just bought a shirt saying 'brunettes have more fun'.

Q. Val Kilmer carries a certain stigma that he's difficult to work with, and that he hits on all his leading ladies. Did you experience any of those?
[Laughs] Umm, honestly, no. He does seem to have that reputation, but I think he was really in love with the project and was really committed. He knew exactly what he was doing, which I think shows in his performance.

Q. What do you think about the intrusion into your private life? Do you get a lot of it?
I guess it comes with the territory, doesn't it. So I think it's something everyone has to come to terms with, and you have to just deal with it at some point. For me, it comes along with the job that I like to do. It inevitably adds pressure to your life and it's not fun to deal with, but I try not to let it.

Q. You've also done another movie, can you tell us a bit about that?
It's The Bee Season, which I do a cameo in, starring Richard Gere and Juliette Binoche. I was really lucky to do that.

Q. Have you had any awful first dates?
Oh man. I don't even try to be cool and sophisticated any more. I remember the first time that I decided I was going to cook dinner for a guy, and it was my High School sweetheart, and I was 16, so I decided to cook his favourite dish, which was chicken cacciatore. I have no idea to cook anything out of the box, so I decided to take this on.
But I thought I did really well, and then he came over and started picking out all these things in the dinner that he didn't like.
So I was devastated that all these ingredients got pushed to the side and I got quite upset, cos I'd worked so hard. It was so frustrating.

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