DEC. 08. 2021.
This past weekend, Wolf hit theaters.
Based on a real syndrome where people associate themselves with animals, Wolf is an entirely fictional and original story. Taking place at a remote institution where people go to seek treatment for their illness, the film follows one young man in particular who believes he’s a wolf. While there, he struggles to recover as he also falls in love with a mysterious young woman who may or may not actually be a patient.
While you can read our review HERE, our very own Dempsey Pillot was fortunate enough to speak with the film’s stars George MacKay (1917) and Lily-Rose Depp (Yoga Hosers)
You can listen to the full interview and read the transcription below:
DEMPSEY PILLOT: I loved both of your performances. And I guess my first question would have to be How did you guys become attached to this project? What drew you to it?
LILY-ROSE DEPP: This project was really, really exciting to me. Right off the bat reading it, I was like, ‘This is really right up my alley.’. It posed a challenge that I found so, so, so exciting both in the emotional nature of the story, because it's so, so meaty, in terms of the characters and the things that they go through, and everything that there was for us to explore as actors. And also because of the physicality that it entailed. That was something that I had never done before. And that that I was really intrigued by. And, you know, the prospect of working on a character that I felt was so unique, and that I'd never seen before was really, really exciting to me. Yeah. And then as soon as I met Natalie, I was just so taken with her. I think she's so incredible, and so creative, and a huge fan of her first film, as well, Nocturnal, and as soon as I met her, I was just like, I know that this person is gonna make something incredible out of what was already an incredible script. So I was really, really excited to engage on it.
GEORGE MACKAY: Yeah, I think similarly, for me, it was the possibility of the story and the character, because of the impossibility of the circumstance, if you know what I mean. Like this man is legitimately to himself, and therefore, is a wolf. And yet he is also in a man's body. And how do you, how do you level that? How do you and then how do you portray that? And what is it? What is it to be, and subtle questions as to like, ‘Well, if he is a wolf, how does he hear that? What sense is biggest? Is it his sight? Or is it his hearing? Is it his nose? and therefore how's he seeing the world?’ And if I did see the world like that, what's it like to be in a human world like that, and just, you could go down this kind of, it's so rich, the possibility of that very simple circumstance. And I thought that was put so beautifully in the script. And like Lily, when I watched Natalie's first film, Nocturnal, I was just blown away. So I just was dying to be involved.
DP: Now, both of you guys spoke about the physicality that it called for, but I have to ask what kind of things did you do to prepare for your roles? Did you actually walk around like the characters you were supposed to be? I mean, this is a real disease or disorder, rather. So like, how did you get into the mindset of your characters?
LRD: You know, we were really lucky to work with an incredible movement coach, Terry Notary, who trained the both of us and all of the characters on our movement. And I think what I wasn't expecting it to be such emotional, vulnerable work. And I think that was more important than any of the kind of technical animal movement, which of course was comfortable and more important to feel comfortable in because the characters are. And it's an integral part of getting to know them. But I think that kind of emotional work and connecting to a place within yourself where you're completely free of judgment towards yourself for whatever you're feeling, was really, really important.
GM: Yeah, I think to follow on from Lily, I felt similarly. I was really surprised about how much emotion you hold in your physicality without knowing. Like unconsciously, the first session we had with Terry, he just got me to walk around - he's got the studio - just walk around and he immediately kind of went, ‘You're heavy on your left foot, you kind of feel your dominant and your right side. Now stand up while you're holding your chest so high.’ He sort of unpicked you, amazingly, and then he said, ‘Right, stand neutral. No, neutral is like chin down, drop your hips.’ Suddenly I got the giggles, like I instantly got the giggles and felt like I wanted to cry. And it was sort of like he'd unlocked all of this stuff that was held in your body. It made me think if this is one session, and this is just me, what's it like to be a man who is a wolf and where does that go? And again, the possibility of exploring that in the character was just so exciting.