BELLO WATCH: EMILY ROBINSON

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BELLO WATCH: Tell me your process when getting into character for Transparent? Do you find this a tough role to play?

EMILY ROBINSON: Well, interesting you ask that! For season one of Transparent I just watched Gaby Hoffmann in the pilot over and over again so I could better understand her timing and mannerisms and the show’s pace.  And then on my first day of filming, Jill Soloway pulled me aside and we both physically channeled Ali. Needless to say, she has curated quite a creatively inspiring set.

For season 2, I play a young version Rose Boymelgreen/Pfefferman. Maura’s mother. The majority of this season’s flashbacks take place in pre-World War II Berlin. Because of that, not only did the “Berlin 6” as they called us (Bradley Whitford, Michaela Watkins, Mel Shimkovitz, Hari Nef, Luzer Twersky, and myself) get to rehearse together, but we were able familiarize ourselves with common Yiddish and German words and phrases. We also were given a historical briefing and suggested reading list. We all emailed each other our findings and read everything we could get our hands on. To get a feel for the time, I would suggest The Berlin Stories by Christopher Isherwood, Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a Modern Identity by Robert Beachy, and flip through Voluptuous Panic by Mel Gorden. That being said, if you want a more rigorous knowledge of the studies and intricacies of the time, The History of Sexuality, Vol. 1: An Introduction by Michael Foucault and absolutely anything Magnus Hirschfeld wrote would be a great place to start.

BW: Congratulations on your submission for Emmy consideration for your performance in episode 108! Did you do anything in particular to celebrate?

ER: We started filming season 2, which was the perfect way to celebrate.  I mean, it was such an honor to be submitted fyc. I was just so thrilled Amazon saw me in that light. And I was even happier that Gaby Hoffmann was nominated in that category (Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series) along with the amazing Tina Fey, Pamela Adlon, Elizabeth Banks, Christine Baranski, and Joan Cusak. I completely fangirled. I’m obsessed with them all so to even be considered was an absolute delight!

BW: You also have another project coming up, Going Under. What was it like to work alongside Bruce Willis?

ER: Bruce is the sweetest!! He was so welcoming and made sure I felt at home on set from day one. One day in particular stands out because we were filming in Venice Beach and there was a huge crowd, everyone was so excited but sometimes rambunctious because they all loved Bruce. He was so generous with his fans but at times was almost protective of me, making sure that I always felt safe. He was like my on-set Dad.

BW: Tell me about your character in Going Under. In which ways do you relate to ‘Taylor’?

ER: On the outside, Taylor is this badass skater chick, but she is also dealing with some serious abandonment issues. Her close relationship with her Uncle helps her move forward from the issues her father’s abandonment brought about. I think her struggle is very human. She was rejected. And rejected by her parent, no less. Everyone struggles with self-esteem, acceptance, and anxiety in some way, shape, or form, so I think that understanding how that ultimate betrayal effects her overall person was my way in.

BW: The hugely talented Jason Momoa is in this too. He is best known for his portrayal of ‘Khal Drogo’ in Game of Thrones. Are you a fan of the show?

ER: I know! It’s crazy! The entire cast is absolutely amazing! I mean, Famke Janssen, Adam Goldberg, John Goodman, Jason Momoa, Tyga, Bruce Willis, and so many others. It’s insane. I must admit that I have only watched the first few episodes of Game of Thrones but it’s only because I’m a complete book nerd so I want to read the books before I watch the show, and I haven’t yet been able to find the time. I didn’t have the opportunity to work with him, but I’m hoping to meet him in the near future!

BW: You are also due to appear in another feature film, Behold my Heart. What can you tell me about this film?

ER: I am so excited about Behold my Heart. It’s a truly special coming-of-age story. The script is really moving and working with Joshua Leonard has been an absolute delight. It’s been a really interesting experience because I’m such a fan of the entire cast. Not only is it thrilling working with Marisa Tomei and meeting Timothy Olyphant, but it’s also pretty amazing working with Charlie Plummer, whom I’ve known since middle school. He’s such a talented actor and I am really happy to be working through many on-screen “firsts” with someone I trust so much.

BW: You have a busy few months coming up with filming this movie, are you going to have much time off for Christmas?

ER: Behold my Heart wrapped up right before Thanksgiving. After that I am actually directing my first short film. I wrote it over the summer and I have the pleasure of acting in it alongside Michelle Clunie (Teen Wolf, Queer as Folk) and Mel Shimkovitz (Transparent, The Skinny). Both of whom I trust with my life. Then I’m going to New York for the two weeks leading up to Christmas before coming back to Los Angeles where I’ll quietly celebrate the holidays!

BW: What do you have planned for Christmas?

ER: My most exciting plan is binge-watching season 2 of Transparent, which premieres today (December 11th) exclusively on Amazon Prime. But I’m sure I’ll also be watching Miracle on 34th Street with my dog, Sammy, my parents, and a warm cup of hot chocolate.

BW: What character haven’t you played yet that you’d like to explore?

ER: There are so many characters I want to become and people I want to play, but I’d love to play a character similar to Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike) in Gone Girl.

 

About The Author

Michelle Ganney
Contributing Editor

Although born in Charlotte, North Carolina, Michelle was raised in England from the age of 2 years old. She discovered her love of writing at University with an overriding interest in the film, TV and entertainment world. She interviews talented, global stars as the Entertainment Editor at BELLO mag.

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