“If you’d told 15-year-old Juno, when I first started working, that I would do a movie — a Woody Allen film — starring Kate fucking Winslet, I wouldn’t have believed it,” the actress exclaims one chilly November afternoon in New York City. She’s calling from her hotel room where she’s getting ready for the premiere of her latest film, Wonder Wheel, directed by Allen. “Kate Winslet is one of the reasons that I wanted to be an actress,” she says, practically breathless with excitement. “I watched her in Heavenly Creatures when I was probably about 14, and I just thought, ‘My god, this is the most amazing film and the most amazing performance.’”
Cut to now, where Temple co-stars alongside Winslet in Allen’s domestic drama set in Coney Island during the 1950s as Carolina, a vulnerable doyenne with a dangerous past. It’s her arrival that sets the movie’s gears into motion, and the first shot of her, early in the film, demonstrates what an emotionally vibrant and alive screen presence Temple is.
This role is a decided break from many of the 28-year-old’s more high-profile performances, where she’s garnered a reputation playing characters who are free spirited and sensual, her résumé stocked with pleasure-seekers and rebels. “It’s something very unlike anything I’ve ever played before,” she admits of the onscreen about-face. “I normally play these sort of risqué characters, figuring out their sexuality.”
Take last year’s HBO series Vinyl, which was set in the high-octane world of New York’s music scene during the 1970s, where Temple played Jamie Vine, who she describes as a “sex kitten, [a] ballsy young woman that’s gonna do whatever it takes to get where she wants to get to,” and “cut-throat.” She was surprised, then, that when Allen called her up for a meeting, he offered her the role of the naive, girlish Carolina, a foil to Winslet’s character and a romantic interest to the wide-eyed lifeguard and aspiring playwright Mickey, played by Justin Timberlake... find the complete interview on CONTRIBUTOR MAG, more fashion & celebrity photos of Magnus MAGNUSSON via CAMERALINK.