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Exclusive: Toni Collette talks new film 'A Long Way Down'

Actors Pierce Brosnan (L) and Toni Collette attend 'A Long Way Down' New York premiere at City Cinemas 123 on June 30, 2014 in New York City
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On Monday, June 30, 2014, Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff and Avion Tequila hosted the New York premiere of Magnolia Pictures' "A Long Way Down" at Cinemas 1, 2, 3. Two of the film's stars Pierce Brosnan and Toni Collette were in attendance.

Based on the acclaimed novel by Nick Hornby teh film stars Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots as four strangers who happen to meet on the roof of a London building on New Year’s Eve each deeply depressed with their lives. Their thoughts of suicide in solitude now ruined, they mutually agree to call off their plans for six weeks, forming an unconventional, dysfunctional family and searching together for reasons embrace life.

We spoke with Toni on the red carpet about her latest project. Read what she had to say below:

Did you have to be in a certain frame of mind to be the person that wants to end it all, in terms of research?

When you think about it, you think about what it must be like to get to that point, and I think more than anything, it's probably really isolating and lonely because the minute these guys befriend each other, it pops whatever bubble they're living in, and suddenly in a new way of life. Life can surprise you, isn't that great?

What do you do to cheer yourself up?

I'm a pretty up person to be honest. I meditate, exercise, go dancing, bike riding.

Did Aaron Paul keep you all laughing when the cameras weren't rolling?

I think we all kicked each other laughing, we were all connected to each other at the hip from the beginning to the end, we are all still in contact, which is not always the case when we're filming, so it was definitely the bond that was between us. Honestly, it was just such a wonderful shoot, it couldn't have been a better collection of people working on the movie but yeah, Aaron's a funny dude.

In the movie you're depressed and in real life, you're really happy, what is is the secret to your lasting Hollywood marriage?

Communication, being present, gratitude.

Can you speak about working with Pascal the director?

Such a beautiful man. The thing I most appreciate when I'm working with a director is the understanding of what's going on, but I really like when they're just as married to the project, just as dedicated. I would be shooting scenes, and I would look over there and Pascal would be weeping just as much as I would be weeping, or laughing, or stop because we can hear him in the scene. He just love the characters so much and understood the stories so well, and he was just a complete pleasure to work with.

Do you get nerves and what do you do for them?

I've been working on Broadway, the first couple performances, I couldn't feel my hands I was so nervous. But that dissipates, and I always get a little nervous before every film, I'm more used to it now. It's like any job when you meet a new group of people, at least you have the focus of the work, so the nerves kind of go away once you jump in and start doing it.

Can you speak about working with Pierce Brosnan?

What a sweetheart. He is so talented such a gentleman, so charismatic, such a cheeky Irishman. He's a combination of things and I'm very happy that I have him in a friend in my life.

You were also in "About a Boy," and what appeals to you about Nick's work and was he on set at all?

He was at the read through at the beginning of the shoot ... He was just letting us do our thing, he may have visited a couple of times. But personally it makes me think,"Oh Nick's here," so I don't think he wanted to thrust that upon us while we were trying to work. He's just so honest in his writing ... very human. We're not laughing our entire lives, we're not weeping our entire lives it's a combination of our emotions and he manages to capture that in a very real tone and that's what people will respond to.

Where would you love to get away to?

Tahiti, the Maldives.

Do you have one medium that is your favorite thing to do?

No, as long as its great writing, that's all that I look for. When there's a real gut connection to what I'm doing, even though its still storytelling, it somehow makes it feel really important, and there are good ones and bad ones, but I've been lucky.

After the screening guests headed to B & Co. where they snacked on delicious italian bites and Baked By Melissa cupcakes. The 96 minute film is now On Demand and on iTunes and hits theaters July 11.

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