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.