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Interview: What Maisie Knew’s Onata Aprile and Alexander Skarsgård

Alexander_Skarsgard_Onata_Aprile_What_Maisie_KnewAlexander Skarsgård may tower over his tiny “What Maisie Knew” co-star, Onata Aprile, but that didn’t keep the pair from striking an instant connection, something that resulted in an incredible on screen chemistry and also left both with a particularly strong friendship when filming was done.

Aprile leads as six-year-old Maisie. Even while her parents (Steve Coogan and Julianne Moore) still live under the same roof, Maisie spends most of her time with her nanny, Margo (Joanna Vanderham), but now that they’re separated and struggling through a heated custody battle, Maisie’s lifestyle is completely erratic, going from parent to parent and often to Margo or whoever will watch her when their jobs become the priority. Skarsgård steps in as Lincoln, Moore’s character’s new husband, or rather just someone to watch Maisie while she’s working as a musician on tour.

After experiencing their bond firsthand ahead of “What Maisie Knew’s” May 3rd release, it’s a wonder the duo managed to nail the portions of the film during which Lincoln is first winning Maisie’s trust. Skarsgård may not have been able to lift her up or let her swing from his arm on the spot, but you can get a taste of their distinct and charming connection while we talk about their height difference, Aprile’s new turtle, their collaboration, and more in the video interview below.

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Interview: What Maisie Knew’s Julianne Moore

Julianne-Moore-What-Maisie-KnewWith a resume consisting of over 70 titles with shows and films covering a wide array of subject matter, at this point, you’d think Julianne Moore would be experienced and comfortable with everything. However, in the case of her upcoming release, “What Maisie Knew,” not only did Moore adopt the challenge of delivering a particularly intense performance in the company of a six-year-old, but then she also had to appear to be a professional rock star, too.

Moore plays Susanna, a mother who loves her daughter Maisie (Onata Aprile) dearly, but is a bit more dedicated to her career as a musician. Unfortunately, Maisie’s father, Beale (Steve Coogan), is in a similar position, obligated to head out of town frequently for business trips. With two absent parents, Maisie spends most of her time with her nanny, Margo (Joanna Vanderham). While the arrangement does work, when Susanna and Beale’s relationship sours and results in a custody battle, Maisie is bounced from home to home and experiences more volatility and uncertainty than any child should.

In honor of the film’s May 3rd limited release, Moore sat down to discuss the challenge of delivering an authentic performance while ensuring Aprile felt safe and comfortable, very literally putting on her own rock show, and more. Check it all out for yourself below and be sure to catch “What Maisie Knew” in theaters tomorrow.

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