In “Last Love,” which opens Friday, Nov. 1 exclusively at AMC Arizona Center, Michael Caine plays a widowed, world-weary professor living in Paris who sees no meaningful future for himself until he meets a free-spirited young dance instructor (Clémence Poésy), leading him to rediscover the joy that only family and true friendship can offer.
Listen to “Breakthrough Entertainment” and Phoenix Movie Examiner's full interview with Anderson by clicking on the image in the upper left-hand corner of this article. The following is an excerpt from the interview in which the actress discusses her character’s likeability and “Last Love’s” basic themes.
“I like complicated characters and I have a tendency to play characters who have more going on than what is on the surface or who have good sides and bad sides to them. That is much more interesting to play as an actor and it is also more realistic in terms of human beings in general.
“Human beings are much more complicated than we often give them credit for. So it doesn't bother me that she might not do very likable things. She could potentially be a likable and a fun person but she sometimes makes some inappropriate choices and I find that interesting.
“One of the things that I think it conveys is the importance of human connection. Not only does it exemplify how people of any age still have feelings, emotions and a desire to live life to the fullest the best way they can - they are, at 70, 80 or 90, still human beings who deserve the best in life - but also that at any age human connection between two people is vital.
“It is sometimes that which we are left with at the end of our lives that is the most meaningful. Whether it is a connection with our kids or if we don't have that connection with our kids it could be a stranger on a bus or somebody in a supermarket who extends themselves in a generous, kind and compassionate way, we are left with that memory. I think it really speaks to the importance of human connection in this world and shows the impact that human connection can have on people's lives.” - Gillian Anderson