Yesterday we were given an exclusive preview of the Winter Issue of Gotham magazine featuring Rebecca Hall on the cover. This notorious film and theater actress was interviewed by her friend Ethan Hawke for this special issue. Together they discussed her new role in the Broadway drama, “Machinal.” Rebecca is also known for her roles in Woody Allen's “Vicky Christina Barcelona,” Ben Affleck's “The Town” and “Iron Man 3.”
Rebecca shared what she learned from her father, director Peter Hall, and her mother, opera singer Maria Ewing. She stated when she was growing up a sense of “don't ever make compromises” was instilled in her. Her famous parents told her to always maintain the truth and stick to the integrity of the piece. They also advised her to be bold because “otherwise, what's the point?”
During the interview, Rebecca talked about what it was like to be directed by female director, Lyndsey Turner, for her Broadway drama “Machinal.” Ethan admitted he did his first play when he was 12 years old and his first movie when he was 13 and was never directed by a woman.
Rebecca replied that though it was sad, it did not surprise her. She shared, “This production is a play about a woman, and it has a female director, a female designer, a female lighting designer. The fact that that's an anomaly...”
Rebecca also dished about growing up around the theater, but movies being her own. When she first started out it was exciting territory because it was an area where her family could not have a reaction entrenched with experience. It was refreshing for her and instinctively, she knew it would be something that was hers.
According to Rebecca, she always aspired to do movie acting. Movies, especially black-and-white ones, were a major part of her growing up. Her mother had somewhat of a Golden Age of Hollywood obsession. As a results, Rebecca said, “My heroes were film actresses such as Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyck, Katharine Hepburn.”
Ethan asked whether it was too intense an experience for Rebecca to work with her father. Hall was directed by him in a number of British productions. Ethan wondered if it was something that brought them closer together.
Rebecca indicated they were always close and had a good relationship around work. Her father took her into plays and asked her opinions. She was quite vocal about them and they shared a healthy banter. She said, “So working together was a no-brainer because it just felt like a natural extension of that part of our relationship.”
Gotham magazine revealed Ethan Hawke stated about Rebecca Hall, “It is very rare to run into somebody who is as smart, humble and gifted as she is.” To find out more about Rebecca Hall and the Broadway play, "Machinal," visit Gotham magazine online or pick up an issue available on newsstands this weekend.