Naomi Watts & Rachel Weisz Interview For ‘Dream House’
Daniel Craig, Naomi Watts and Oscar winner Rachel Weisz star in ‘Dream House,’ a suspense thriller about a family that unknowingly moves into a home where grisly murders were committed…only to uncover even darker mysteries within its walls. Successful publisher Will Atenton (Craig) quit a high-power job in Manhattan to relocate his wife, Libby (Weisz), and two girls to a quaint New England town. But as they settle into their new life, they discover their perfect home was the murder scene of a mother and her children. And the entire city believes it was at the hands of the husband who survived. When Will investigates, he’s not sure if he’s starting to see ghosts or if the tragic story is just hitting too close to home. His only clues come from Ann Patterson (Watts), a mysterious neighbour who knew those who were lost. And as Will and Ann piece together the haunting puzzle, they must find out who murdered the family in Will’s dream house before he returns to kill again. Directed by Jim Sheridan, ‘Dream House’ is set for release September 30th in the US, and November 25th in the UK. Check out what Naomi Watts and Rachel Weisz had to say about the film below.
This film is full of mystery and intrigue, can you talk a little about your characters and how they link within the story?
Naomi Watts: Sure, Jim Sheridan came up to me and asked me to meet with him and look at the script. I thought straight away from the first read that it was a good page turner, a good thriller, a lot of mystery. I really liked the role of Ann because we don’t know who she is for quite a while in ‘Dream House.’ Even though we know she’s a neighbour, we don’t know how she’s relating to these people. She kind of reminded me of a Hitchcock character, there’s something…..strange about her (laughs), there’s something that pulls you in – do we like her or do we not? I liked that.
Rachel Weisz: My character is from the city originally, I’m a city girl in the suburbs, which is not somewhere my character really fits into perfectly. But the house is beautiful so she’s happy raising the girls there. I’m a little bit fish out of water, actually my character never has a scene outside of the house, I’m in my Dream House the whole time (laughs). I’m confined there.
There’s definitely something very creepy about the house, someone seems to be spying on us from outside. Then we find out the story that the people, the family that lived there before us, the whole family were slaughtered, the were killed in a horrific murder. So when we find this out we can’t really believe that the realtor never told us anything about it, and the neighbours never told us anything about it. There’s kind of a sense that there’s something very wrong with this house, something’s very creepy. And then we find out that it was the father of the family that was responsible for the murders, that he was in a psychiatric hospital but he’s now out in a halfway house. So we have a feeling that he wants to come back to this house and maybe wreak havoc again.
Naomi, your character and Daniel Craig’s character have an interesting dynamic?
Naomi Watts: Yeah, obviously something took place in their friendship, whatever it is. It was something that she can remember but he can’t. Everybody around town is a little afraid of this guy, she’s the only one who’s there for him, has his support – which leads the audience to wonder if she’s genuinely supportive, or is she trying to make amends, or even has she done something wrong?
Daniel Craig was one of the great draws to do this film, obviously Jim first. Daniel is a great actor, I’ve loved his work over the years. In this film I really like this friendship they have, but also……… I don’t want to spoil it (laughs), when you’re watching, you want to know more about this friendship. Did something happen, good or bad (laughs).
What do you think Jim Sheridan brought to this film?
Rachel Weisz: Jim Sheridan, what he brings to this film that is unique is Jim Sheridan (laughs) – he is the most unique human being that I’ve ever come across in my life. He’s a true storyteller, while working on this he was telling the story of ‘Dream House’ and putting it into a film, but then he was also telling stories all of the time, from his childhood, his life, anything that the narrative we have in the film reminds him of – or maybe even nothing with what the narrative is saying (laughs), he just tells stories. Greek myths, fairy tales, he’s just all about story. He’s just delightful.
How was he for you Naomi?
Naomi Watts: He’s great, he was all about trying to elevate this from the formulaic genre piece and not just make it about thrills and scares and mystery. He was trying to bring the characters into it in a way that was enriching the story and moving it forward. Of course actors love it when a piece feels character driven, and Jim had made a number of great films with great characters, great performances. We were all very excited to work on this film because of him.
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