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Posted By Maria   February 14th, 2016  Interviews,Movies: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,Videos
Posted By Maria   February 14th, 2016  Interviews,Movies: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,Videos
Posted By Maria   October 22nd, 2015  Interviews,News/Rumors,Photos: Magazine Scans,Photos: Photoshoots

Sam and his wife Alexandra Maria Lara are featuring in the October issue of Icon magazine in Germany. I have added to the gallery gorgeous outtakes and a magazine scan of their interview. Sadly, it’s in German so it is difficult to translate. Be sure to check out the pictures and hopefully will update with better quality ones. Enjoy!

EDIT: Below you can find the interview translated in English by the lovely Azra from Riley Keough Network.

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Alexandra Maria Lara and Sam Riley are actors – and also a couple. They present fashion to us, where Germany visibly overcame the division 25 years ago: At the Glienicker bridge, which connects Berlin and Potsdam

The most beautiful about this place is that it once was a place where all these monstrosities happened, and today it is only a scenery for pictures. ———

——— An Englishman meets a German woman while filming in Nottingham. “Control”, the movie about the band Joy Division was the breakthrough for Sam Riley. For Alexandra Maria Lara it was a exciting role – but for the German star it was the begin of her great love. She was the reason why Sam Riley came to Berlin. Since 10 years lives the Brit in the German capital. Whether he misses Great Britain? “I am more than enough there. Just this morning did I come back from filming in Brighton and that’s why I am a little bit tired.” Riley’s sightseeing started with his wife by his side on a simple stroll. “Alexandra was walking beside me with her head down, and I was thinking: Why is she making herself small?” The reason followed shorty – the first ones turned around for the actress, and “one walked into a post”, says Riley in a mixture of German and English. That was the first time when he realized that he had a star by his side. But that’s not how Alexandra Maria Lara sees herself: “What fascinates me about our work is firstly not to be in the spotlight and everything that comes with it. I am mostly excited about the filming, the creative co workers and the time spend on set. But when we are at premieres or events, it is always fun to meet friends.”

To have fun. The keyword. Also if it is about fashion. Alexandra Maria Lara is all in in most things, but with one thing she is strictly: “For me fashion also has something to do with identity. If you are feeling comfortable in your clothes, you also can wear them confidently.” You could say: Alexandra Maria Lara is precise, not only about what regards her career. Even for the selection of her wardrobe is she the one who decides, if the to be photographed dress, suites her. A Prada outfit made of heavy Bouclé exerts a strong power of attraction toward her. Wearing it, the two piece (skirt and top) fails: “I think we don’t belong together!”

Sam Riley outs himself as a suit lover – his wife is thrilled about him in the Burberry-Trenchcoat above his Slimline suit. Whether on which location, the cameras love both of them.

Would be a modeling career an option for you?

Both laughing. One assumes that a Brit gets irony. With Germans itself pre-supposes a lack of humour. “And I am the one who sometimes likes to tell bad jokes”, says Alexandra Maria Lara grinning in a pile of outfits. Prada, Hermès – huge brands.

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Posted By Maria   July 29th, 2015  Interviews,Movies: Suite Française


The Fan Carpet’s Jessen Aroonachellum in association with Acting Hour spoke to Sam Riley for the Home Entertainment release of Suite Française

Can you talk about your character in Suite Française, and where they fit into the story?

Well, it’s set in Nazi occupied France, set in a small village. I play a guy called Benoit Labarie, a French farmer who is lame in one leg, which crippled him which meant he unable and he couldn’t fight on the front. Which torments him because all the other men could go out and fight. He’s stuck working on this farm and he’s married to Madeleine Labarie (Ruth Wilson) who is brilliant. And we get a Nazi officer who flirts with her and tries to provoke me into fighting him. And kinda circles around the main love story between Michelle Williams and Matthias Schoenaerts.

What was it like working with Ruth Wilson, Michelle Williams and Kristen Scott Thomas and rest of the cast?

It was cool. I haven’t seen much of Ruth’s stuff but as soon as we were rehearsing I soon realised she was a top class actress and that always raises your game which is a good thing. Michelle, similarly, we didn’t have many scenes together, but it was a treat to watch her work. That’s how are learn.

When you are in the room with Michelle or Kristin Scott Thomas, you just watch how they talk about how they do their hair in the morning and what they would wear and all the little decision they make and keeping their characters. How the protective of they character is fascinating to watch and watching people is great, it makes you better.

That must inspire you as an actor…

It makes you feel lucky. Yeah, like watching Kristin in Four Wedding and The English Patient, with my Mum and Dad and thinking she a great actress and you having a tea and gossip with her years later. It’s kinda surreal.

How much research did you do and what was it like filming on location?

It was great and working, well in some day we were in van but we were in Belgium and when you were looking at the landscape of this old farm and it was an old war time farm. It really does the work for you. Gives you great preparation. I read a lot about the French resistance. There’s a great film called ‘The Sorrow and the Pity’ and it’s about the Nazi Occupation. Which was banned for a long time in France because it showed you how much coexistence there was. It showed how many people went along with it. The vision is about resistance but a lot of it was the upper classes didn’t want their lives to seem messed around with. If they behave themselves, they kept the Manor House. So they behaved themselves. So, a lot of the time it was the working class or the farmer actually who took up the fight. There was some great stuff about farmers taking up the fight and the middle class did the switch to upper class society to Nazi society without much difficulties and I learn how to ride a motorbike and how to plough a field with a horse. Which was interesting.

It must have been interesting when you were filming those scenes?

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Posted By Maria   July 17th, 2015  Interviews,Movies: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Check out this interview of Sam talking about Lily James and ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’. Thanks Lora for the heads up.

Lily James is best known for playing the demure Lady Rose in Downton Abbey, but her portrayal of Elizabeth Bennet in the upcoming film Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is much less decorous.

The actress will play “the most kickass Elizabeth Bennett we’ve ever seen”, according to her Mr Darcy co-star Sam Riley.

The premise of the film sees the Pride and Prejudice characters transported to an alternative version of Regency era England, where an under-class of zombies threaten to overtake the British establishment.

The Bennet sisters are trained in martial arts to help fight the zombies, but Lily James’ Elizabeth likes to use her fighting expertise to defend herself against her suitor as well.

“There is a scene where my proposal to her goes horribly wrong and we end up having a fight in the drawing room where she attacks me with the letter opener and poker,” Riley said.

“I can speak from experience that she’s pretty lethal.”

In typical Mr Darcy fashion, Riley’s character turns his nose up at the martial arts training the Bennet sisters have been given at a Shaolin temple, which he deems inferior to his own.

“We look down on them because we think Japanese style is probably best,” said Riley. “It’s the equivalent of a public school looking down on a grammar school – and those sorts of things are in the film which are quite good fun.”

Riley, who most recently starred in romantic war drama Suite Francaise, said he thinks audiences will warm to James’ portrayal of the Jane Austen heroine.

“She’s going to be one of the best Elizabeth Bennets, if not the best. She’s certainly the most kickass. She’s got a very natural and unforced charm that I think is perfect for Lizzie Bennet.”

Also starring Matt Smith, Douglas Booth and Game of Thrones’ Lena Headey, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies will be released in the UK on 12 February 2016.

Suite Francaise is released on DVD and Blu-Ray on 27 July.


Posted By Maria   July 17th, 2015  Interviews,Movies: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,Videos
Posted By Maria   July 15th, 2015  Interviews,Movies: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,Videos
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