Kaya Scodelario talks ‘The Truth About Emanuel’

Kaya Scodelario and Jessica Biel star in "The Truth About Emanuel." Credit: Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage
Kaya Scodelario and Jessica Biel star in “The Truth About Emanuel.”
Credit: Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage

In “The Truth About Emanuel,” British actress Kaya Scodelario takes on a troubled young woman whose own problems are put into perspective by the arrival of a new neighbor (Jessica Biel), a seemingly normal single mother treating a doll like a living baby. The whole thing was a bit of a head-trip, which is exactly how Scodelario likes it.

Were there any aspects about Emanuel’s personal history that you got to create for yourself?
I wanted to go on set without doing a lot of research and without planning out too much. I wanted to make it a lot more instinctual because she’s a young woman going through problems and I’m a young woman going through stuff. I wanted to just live in it for a little bit.

It must be fun playing that moment when you realize you’re talking to a crazy person.
Yeah, I know, it’s great, isn’t it? What do you do? It’s that kind of fight-or-flight moment. And when we did the test screenings, it was really interesting to see people’s reactions. A lot of people laughed the first time they see Jessica playing with the baby and doing the animal noises and stuff like that — because it’s funny and it’s crazy and it’s strange — but I had to try to see it from a point of view where Emanuel was trying to protect this woman. She would do anything to protect her and to keep her happy, and if that meant going along with this really weird situation, that’s what she was going to do.

Is this the most underwater photography you’ve done in a project?
Definitely. I don’t ever want to go into water again. I haven’t showered for the last year. [Laughs] It was my favorite part of the film, actually, the underwater stuff. It was such a cool experience and something I never thought I’d do. We filmed in — is it Long Island? It’s the place where Snoop Dogg is from, I can’t remember what it’s called. Just outside of Los Angeles.

Long Beach?
That’s it, Long Beach! It was there, and it was a 20-foot-deep water tank. They built the bedroom set, put it on a crane and slowly sunk it into the water as I was in the set. It was crazy, I had to learn to SCUBA dive and use a respirator and equalize my ears and all of these things, and it was a really good experience.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
International

Hurricane Odile batters Mexico's Baja resorts, sparks looting

Hurricane Odile injured dozens of people, forced the evacuation of thousands and smashed shops open to looters in the popular tourist area of Baja, Mexico.

National

Apple iPhone 6 pre-orders hit record 4 million…

By Lehar Maan(Reuters) - Apple Inc said many customers will need to wait until next month for their new iPhones after a record 4 million…

National

LAPD investigates complaint from detained 'Django' actress

The LAPD is investigating after "Django Unchained" actress Daniele Watts accused police of violating her rights when they detained her.

Local

Number of New York City smokers increase, topping…

For the first time since 2007, there are  more than one million smokers in New York City, according to the New York City Department of…

Movies

Newsflash: Corey Stoll is still not a man

In director Shaun Levy's "This Is Where I Leave You," Corey Stoll stars as the oldest of four adult children (the others are played by…

Movies

If you don't like Simon Pegg's new film,…

Simon Pegg goes all out in "Hector and the Search for Happiness" as the titular psychiatrist stymied by modern life who embarks on a globetrotting…

Arts

Art in Chelsea: Don't miss these 3 galleries

We selected three sure bets for seeing cool art in the galleries of Chelsea.

Music

Robin Thicke blurs lines further with new 'Blurred…

"The reality is," said Robin Thicke about "Blurred Lines" in a court deposition, "Pharrell had the beat and he wrote almost every single part of the song."

NFL

Tom Coughlin says Giants 'beat themselves' against Cardinals

Head coach Tom Coughlin, who had a day to cool off and reflect, still sounded like he had a gnawing feeling in his gut.

NFL

Marty Mornhinweg accepts blame for Jets timeout fiasco

Jets fans looking for a scapegoat for Sunday’s timeout fiasco found a willing party on Monday: Marty Mornhinweg.

NFL

3 things we learned in Jets loss to…

The wheels came off for the Jets, who gave up 21 unanswered points after a brilliant first 20 minutes in a 31-24 loss at the Packers.

NFL

Victor Cruz catches case of the drops in…

The Giants dropped a tough, 25-14, decision to the undermanned Cardinals Sunday in their home opener. And drop was the operative word of the day,…

Travel

World's most hipster cities: Top 5

Travel blogger Adam Groffman tells us his picks for the Top 5 most hipster cities in the world.

Education

The top 5 regrets recent high school grads…

College application season can seem like a blur for many students - as test prep, campus visits and filling out a seemingly endless stream of…

Parenting

Tech execs tend to limit their kids' screen…

You probably got your iPad before Bill Gates's kids did.

Wellbeing

Wellbeing: Daybreaker returns, Ray Rice jersey trade, Sweet…

  Now that Ray Rice is no longer with the Baltimore Ravens — or any other NFL team — after video footage surfaced showing him…