Friday, March 3, 2017

Happy Birthday Katherine Waterston! 🎂

Filmmaker David Yates recreated 1920s New York City in a London studio for the shoot, 
and the set was so well done, Waterston was inspired to belt out lyrics from Hollywood icon 
Barbra Streisand's Don't Rain On My Parade. "I can't sing at all!", Katherine confessed on U.S. 
breakfast show Today. "It just felt like that wonderful old Hollywood thing of a set. As far as 
the eye could see was art deco buildings and the Lower East Side of Manhattan..." Her co-star 
Eddie Redmayne laughed, "She was running up and down the streets of New York, but outside 
of Watford in London!" "It is something about those sets, it felt old school Hollywood," he said. 
"The scale of it and the vibrancy of it, it was unlike anything we had ever worked on." (x)

"We auditioned thousands for the parts of Queenie, Tina and Jacob, before narrowing it down to a dozen 
or so. We then did screen tests with each of them and Eddie, switching around different combinations, as 
David Yates thought it essential we saw how they were in their various pairings, and as a group, since it’s 
the chemistry between the four that really makes the film. Eddie was wonderfully supportive and generous 
with them; he would visit each one in their room or trailer, run lines, and offer encouragement before 
they arrived on set. Ultimately we decided on Katherine Waterston as Tina and Alison Sudol as Queenie
They performed a beautiful improvisation, and though they’d met only 30 minutes before, the intimacy, 
sense of history and sisterly banter gave the impression that they had known each other their entire lives." 

“I did the audition in New York and left it and got on with my life because I thought I wasn’t going to hear 
anything more from them.” One week later, they asked her to come in and read with newly minted Oscar 
winner Eddie Redmayne, who had been cast as Newt Scamander without having to go through the 
normal audition process. She was still nervous, and a last minute scheduling snafu didn’t help matters....
When Redmayne admitted to Waterston that he was nervous, she was flabbergasted. “I thought, ‘what 
the hell, how is that possible? You just won the Oscar. How could you be nervous?,'” she remembered. 
But it helped, and Waterston nailed the audition....Read more about Katherine here

"Katherine is my girl. The trouble with Tina as a character is, she's kind of uptight, you gotta love her 
as well. And that's not easy. I know, because I know the character so well, how much insecurity lies 
beneath, how much vulnerability lies beneath. Anyway, Katherine just nealed it in her audition" 
- J.K. Rowling (DVD Extras: Before Harry Potter- A New Era of Magics Begins)

Guardian interview video

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