Last night, Examiner.com was on the red carpet for The Cinema Society and Michael Kors premiere of Open Road Films' "Side Effects." From the film: Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum (in Dolce&Gabbana), Catherine Zeta-Jones (in Michael Kors), Vinessa Shaw, Mamie Gummer (in Michael Kors), Michael Nathanson, Ann Dowd, Polly Draper, Laila Robins, director Steven Soderbergh, writer/producer Scott Z. Burns, producer Greg Jacobs, producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, technical advisor/co-producer Dr. Sasha Bardey, executive producers James D. Stern, Michael Polaire, Douglas E. Hansen, and Open Road Films CEO Tom Ortenberg all walked the red carpet.
"Side Effects" is a provocative thriller about Emily and Martin (Rooney Mara and Channing Tatum), a successful New York couple whose world unravels when a new drug prescribed by Emily's psychiatrist (Jude Law) – intended to treat anxiety – has unexpected side effects.
Check out our interviews with Rooney Mara and Catherine Zeta-Jones from the red carpet:
Q: How important are costumes in a film?
Rooney Mara: I think costuming in any movie is so important. It’s so important to shaping the character.
Q: What was it like working with Director Steven Soderbergh on his last film?
Rooney Mara: : It was fantastic, he’s so multi talented, it’s kind of sick. He’s such a pleasure to work with and to watch. Watching him work is really inspiring.
Q: What did you love about playing this character?
Rooney Mara: She’s super complicated, and I don’t know, the whole script, I feel like every character in the movie is really complicated, and watching it unfold is really fun.
Q: Are you thinking of writing or directing?
Catherine Zeta-Jones: No! I've tried so hard to write, and it’s probably one of the most frustrating things I’ve ever tried in my life, the lonliest things, but, direct, yes, I would like to direct at some point, but not right now.
Q: Can you speak about how the costuming in the film influenced your character?
Catherine Zeta-Jones: It was a fine line because I play a psychiatrist, I'm a woman and obviously, you know, there’s a danger and a sexiness to my character, so we didn’t want to push it too much and be like the quintessential, you know, that kind of look, but I wanted to have some sexiness to her, but keep it in the realm of, she’s a doctor.
Q: What did you love about playing such a juicy character?
Catherine Zeta-Jones: Well, any character that has so many dimensions, that my character has, she’s not just the regular doctor and her relationship with all the other characters is not exactly how you would imagine a doctor/patient, or doctor/doctor relationship, so to have the ability to play all these underlying tones is always a treat for any actor.
Q: You worked with Steven before, how does your previous times compare to working with him on this one?
Catherine Zeta-Jones: Just the best, it’s the best, I mean, with "Oceans 12," we had a blast, on "Traffic," I was pregnant, he looked out for me!
Q: What was it like working with Jude Law?
Vinessa Shaw: Jude was wonderful. Very prepared, nice, considerate actor. Good team player.
Q: What did you love about working with Steven?
Vinessa Shaw: Steven is a class act. He’s a rarity, you know, he’s somebody who really, I think brings the truth out. He has a courageous voice in filmmaking and I really am sad to hear that he possibly may go, but we’re just saying he’s going to go away for a bit and come back because we need his voice in the community, I think.
After the screening at AMC Lincoln Square, guests headed to the Stone Rose Lounge where they enjoyed Grey Goose cocktails. "Side Effects" hits theaters on Friday, February 8th.