Our interview with Katherine Waterston happened the day before the election. We were a little nervous; we had no idea that we should have been even more anxious. Our pre-election chatter has been kept in because look how optimistic we still were! Certainly that's better than had it been done after the election and we spent the entire chat crying into our teas.
Instead we talked tenuously around the actress’ first super-big movie: “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” a prequel-of-sorts to the “Harry Potter” series. Waterston — whose breakthrough was “Inherent Vice,” which led to big roles here and in the forthcoming “Alien: Covenant” — plays a kind of wizard-detective, who meets up with a wizard-zoologist (Eddie Redmayne) and winds up trying to save 1920s New York City.
Our chat with the actress, 36, and the daughter of “Law & Order” star Sam Waterston, begins with election talk.
I feel like I should have done more for Hillary. I’ve done nothing like what Danny Glover does; he goes to low-income neighborhoods in cities like Philadelphia and drives people to polling places.
He’s not the only person who’s done that. I’ve driven people to voting places in multiple cities around the country. Not to brag about it.
No, you should definitely brag about it. That’s a great thing to do.
You see crazy things when you knock on registered voters’ doors to see if they need a ride. My dad once did it, somewhere in Pennsylvania. Someone came to the door with a dildo. [Laughs] He was like, “I’m a little busy, but I voted already!”
How did you get into that, other than it’s the right thing to do?
The first I election I could vote in was when George W. Bush was first elected. I didn’t think it could happen, and it was horrible the way it did happen. It just made me feel I had to participate more. Ever since then I’ve done what I can. It’s probably nowhere near enough. But I feel like if everyone helped out, they could make a difference.
A difference would be nice. I’d rather live in a world where I didn’t watch every movie — including this one — and think one of the villains reminded me of a man running for president.
There’s no question J.K. Rowling is holding a mirror up to society with her work. She does it with such a deft hand that you don’t feel you’re being lectured to or talked down to. But it’s there. I think there’s a wonderful balance in her work of facing these really important issues of our time, but also giving us a healthy dose of much-needed escapism.