We have updated our gallery with another portrait made during Kate’s current tour promoting Megan Leavey. This time is one she did for The Globe and Mail.
On the article that accompained the portraits, Kate and Gabriela Cowperthwaite talks about working with animals, specially comparing this current work with A Dog’s Purpose (and the behind the scenes video that caused comotion due the mistreat the german sheppard was receiving). For Kate and Cowperthwaite, the dogs’ welfare was “the most important thing at all times.
Mara credits Blackfish with turning her into an animal activist; that’s why she urged Megan Leavey’s producers to hire Cowperthwaite, though the director hadn’t made a fiction feature before. Mara’s gaze is level and her manner friendly, but there’s something flinty about her, something wary. She’s believable as someone who becomes a U.S. Marine “to get away from my life,” whose status as the sole woman in camp sets her apart even from her corps, and whose key relationship is with her dog.
“Megan starts off lost,” Mara says. “She doesn’t know what her purpose is in life. Everyone goes through that at some point – they need some guidance or passion. Through Rex, Megan finds her reason.”
There’s a strong outsider streak in Mara’s filmography. “I’m intrigued by that in a person,” she admits. “I like stories about people who don’t feel like they belong. I think all of us have a bit of that.”
Although she grew up in tony Bedford, N.Y., in a family that ran two football dynasties, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New York Giants, as a kid, Mara yearned for escape. “School to me was a problem,” she says. “The social aspect was really anxiety-ridden for me.” She graduated high school a year early and dived into work, landing roles on TV (Law & Order, Nip/Tuck) and film (127 Hours, The Martian). Now, she says, “I’m able to wait for things that move or inspire me.”
Last week while promoting Megan Leavey in New York Kate did an interview to The Associated Press, in which she told one of the best things about starring in the movie was Varco the dog.
“He and I trained together, so by the time we started shooting we were very comfortable with each other. I loved working with a dog. They’re unexpected and constantly doing things that you’re not expecting them to do. If you want them to just sort of sit there during a scene they will, but then they’ll do some genius little movement or sound or whatever that will make the scene that much better.”
Mara also said it was refreshing to work with a woman at the helm as well.
“I’ve been acting since I was 14 and I would say in the past three years I’ve worked with more females than I ever have in my entire career, and that’s directors but also actors. And we had so many females on our crew as well, so I definitely think that’s changing. I think it’s slower than we’d all like but it makes me so happy that something like ‘Wonder Woman’ is actually proving that fact. It’ll make it easier and easier to make more and more films.”
Megan Leavey is out on theaters, and you should go check! We have added portraits Kate did to The Associated Press in our gallery, thanks to our friend Emily.
During a press day for Megan Leavey, Kate talked to Parade.com about meeting the real Megan, training with Varco, what she wants people to take away from the movie, and more. You can read her interview below.
When you met the real-life Megan, what did you want to talk to her about?
I didn’t have anything specific that I was focused on. I wanted to know what her essence is and what her mannerisms are. I just wanted to talk to her like a normal person and not have to get too dramatic or anything like that. She was so great because she brought all these pictures, personal photos of her experience, her deployment, and then also photos of her and Rex. She was very open and communicative. It was a dream come true being able to meet her and feel at ease.
I’m hoping that women will go see this, because it’s not so much a war story as it is a story about not giving up. In this case, it was about not giving up on something that you love, and what I found enjoyable was she loved Rex more than she loved Morales (Ramón Rodríguez), her love interest.
It was perfect, and it was true. We don’t need a love story in a movie. We don’t need the guy to sweep her off of her feet because that’s not what always happens, and it’s certainly not what happened in real life. That was really important to me, and it was important to [director] Gabriela [Cowperthwaite] to not make a fake movie moment of the girl falls in love with the guy, and also happens to like really like this dog a lot, and gets distracted by the guy, because that’s not what happened. In reality, what happened is she formed this bond with this animal that changed her life completely, and she was willing to put it all on the line for him, and that was the most important thing to her.
Kate’s latest film, Megan Leavey, premiered last night in New York City! She attended the premiere along with her fiance Jamie Bell, and wore a beautiful black dress by Zuhair Murad. Megan Leavey herself was also at the event, which was held at Yankee Stadium. Our gallery has been updated with the images.
Kate is already promoting her new film Megan Leavey, that arrives on theaters this June 9. As part of this promotion she took a new photoshoot with the renowned photographer John Russo, and you can find it added now in our gallery.
Following the success of her 2013 documentary ‘Blackfish’, Gabriela Cowperthwaite is jumping into narrative dramas with the true-life tale Megan Leavey and ahead of a release this summer, the first trailer has arrived.
Starring Kate Mara, it follows her titular character who received the Purple Heart after fighting in Iraq, where she formed a bond with a canine. Years later, she fights to adopt him, and judging from the trailer, it looks to be a heart-tugging drama. Also starring Edie Falco, Ramón Rodríguez, Bradley Whitford, and Common, check out the trailer below.
MEGAN LEAVEY is based on the true life story of a young marine corporal (Kate Mara) whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq. When she is assigned to clean up the K9 unit after a disciplinary hearing, Leavey identifies with a particularly aggressive dog, Rex, and is given the chance to train him. Over the course of their service, Megan and Rex completed more than 100 missions until an IED explosion injures them, putting their fate in jeopardy.