In taking the lead role of Rachel in “Something Borrowed,” actress Ginnifer Goodwin found a whole new challenge: making a character likable when you just want to give her a good slap. In the film, Rachel finally makes a move on the man she’s loved for years, despite the fact that he’s engaged to her best friend (Kate Hudson). The “Big Love” star sat down with Metro to talk about playing a difficult character and filming in New York.
What was the draw for you for this character?
I was actually inspired by the challenge of making her sympathetic because, on paper, I don’t agree with any of her decisions. I was inspired by the fact that I judge her so harshly, and I wanted to tackle my fears about playing her. I took the part because I wanted to understand women like her.
What advice would you give Rachel if you were her friend?
Oh my gosh. “Grow some balls, lady.” I mean, it’s a difficult situation for Rachel, because she’s always looked for her self-worth in the attention that she receives from other people. Ultimately I would say to her, but she’s not ready for this at the top of the movie: “Ask for what you want.” The worst thing that can happen is you are rejected and you will move on. In the history of the world, no one has ever died of a broken heart.
How was filming in New York?
That was just magical, getting to shoot all over New York City and the Hamptons. I just loved being outside on the streets, despite the terrible imposition that was the actually debilitating work of the paparazzi on the streets of New York, because truly they held up production a number of times. I don’t understand why it’s legal to cost a film production that much time and money when they’re actually blowing the shots.