Interview: Katie Boland

With forty-five roles to date, including in films such as The Master, Adoration, and Daydream Nation, Katie Boland must be busy as hell. She has four films releasing this year, including Gerontrophilia, which premiered at Venice and TIFF, and Looking is the Original Sin, a film about a girl living in the shadow of a talented but trouble mother. Looking is the Original Sin is playing at the Carlton from November twenty-second.

How much of this film is a commentary on the relationship between millennials and baby boomers?

I think the film is a commentary on mother-daughter relationships, therefore a parent-child relationships. I think, if anything, the mother is less mature than the daughter and I don’t know that that could really be said about millennials and their baby boomer parents. That’s an interesting thought, though—my mom wrote the movie as well as directed it, so I will ask her what she thinks. I would say millennials and baby boomers have more shared interests and more commonality than previous generations with their parents and you can see that there’s a lot of friendship between the mother and daughter in the film, as well as tension and strain.

Any plans on directing your own film?

I would love to do that. I need to write a good one first, but I hope to direct a film within the next five years. I think it would be really fun.

Settle this once and for all: who has worse traffic, LA or Toronto?

It used to be LA hands down, but I have to be honest, I would say Toronto on a day-to-day basis. Rarely though in Toronto are you just stuck in traffic for two hours without moving, and that can happen in LA, but Toronto has been brutal lately.

If you could play any part, under any director, what would they be?

I would love to play Cate Blanchett’s role in Blue Jasmine. She was so amazing in that movie, I found that performance so inspiring. That is a dream part. I am really interested in mental illness and alcoholism/addiction as a human condition so I could think about that role for years and never get bored.

What’s your favourite cocktail?

I don’t really drink cocktails. Honestly, my favourite drink is coffee. Does that count?

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