In the psychological thriller “Gone,” Amanda Seyfried plays Jillian "Jill" Conway, a waitress with a traumatic past: She escaped from a kidnapper who was not apprehended because the police don’t believe that she really kidnapped, due to Jill being institutionalized in the past for a psychiatric breakdown. But when Jill’s sister Molly (played by Emily Wickersham), a college student, is kidnapped a year after Jill’s abduction, Jill is convinced that it’s the same kidnapper who is trying to get revenge.
The police are still skeptical that a crime has taken place, so Jill takes is upon herself to investigate the kidnapping on her own, with the desperate hope that she can find Molly and bring the kidnapper to justice. However, most the movie plays guessing games about whether or not Jill was really kidnapped or if it was all a fabrication, until the truth is revealed at the end of the film. Here is what Seyfried had to say about “Gone” in an interview that she did while filming the movie.
How would you describe your “Gone” character Jill?
Jill is very broke, which you can’t relate to so well, but that’s another reason why it’s so attractive, so appealing to play a character like this. I’m learning about her. But it also works for the audience, because at some point, the audience is supposed to believe her and want her to get through this and care about her, but at the same time, you have to at some point question her mentality and what’s really going on, because that’s what makes it more of an interesting story.
What do you think about Jill’s relationship with her sister Molly?
We first meet Jill when she’s headed to work, basically. She comes home from mountains, looking for evidence of this man who has kidnapped her and abducted her in the past whom she was able to get away from. And you come home and you see right away that she has this life with her sister. And she’s definitely going through something and you see their rapport. And her sister confronts her about being in the forest again, because they talked about how it’s not good, it’s not healthy for Jill to keep going back. And you also get to see that Molly’s had a drinking problem. You just see that these two sisters love each other.
What does being in a psychological drama affect you as an actress?
There’s a lot of psychological things that the audience is going to go through that I did in really questioning Jill. When you question your protagonist, that’s when things feel unsettling, because you’re like, “Who is this person?” I feel like I know her but she might be a nutcase.
Jill goes through a pretty extreme emotional journey in “Gone.” What can you say about it?
It just keeps getting darker and darker. And she keeps going further and further. It’s terrifying but she just doesn’t care anymore. It’s just so much beyond her life, finding her sister. And you know what? I like to think I’d do the same for my sister.
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