Earlier this month NY Times published an interview with Anne and director Julie Taymor about Grounded!
Q. How did this project come about?
A. Anne Hathaway In 2009, my parents were visiting me and my then boyfriend — he’s now my husband — in Los Angeles, and they were just catching me up on people back home, and they mentioned some friends of theirs whose daughter was a soldier and was a cargo truck driver and had been in an explosion, had driven over an I.E.D., and had some pretty serious brain damage. I realized I had absolutely no idea what life was like for a female soldier. I hadn’t seen movies about it, I hadn’t really read articles about it, I didn’t have any references, and I thought that’s not O.K. So I started looking for stories about female soldiers to tell. One day, I was having my coffee, and I read a review in The New York Times of this play, “Grounded,” and I read the synopsis, and I just thought, Oh my God, this is it.
Julie Taymor I got a call from Oskar Eustis, asking: Would I take a look at a play that she was going to be the only person starring in? I read it overnight and said yes the next day. There was just no question that the play itself was moving, gripping and very important, and political, and then put that with Anne being the actress.
One idea in the play is that we’re all being watched all the time. Anne, you are someone who is watched all the time — at the end of the performance I saw a woman whip out her phone to take your picture. What’s the resonance for you?
Hathaway The reason I was late today was because paparazzi appeared up where I live, and I can’t walk to work anymore because it’s a waste of everyone’s everything — I’m not breathing properly, I’m not able to run my lines, because I’ve got somebody with a camera in front of me. So there is that aspect of my life, but I’d rather not focus on me — I’d rather take it out of the specifics of when a celebrity loses their privacy and say we’re all losing our privacy. Everything is witnessed. I think about my nieces and nephews. They will have no idea what privacy really, really is, and I wonder if they’re going to care? Or if you’ve never had it, if you will have the ability to miss it.
Taymor What she’s saying in the end is bigger than that — bigger than Big Brother. It’s the idea that drones are going to be a part of our life. And we think of them, most people think of them, in a kind of Fisher-Price [way]. Wow — the pizza delivery. How great when the medicine can go to a place where there’s no medicine.
Hathaway It’s not a technology without upsides. But it’s complicated.
Taymor The problem is we haven’t set up any laws and rules yet.
Check the full interview at NY Times Website.