Interview: We Are What We Are’s Julia Garner

Julia_Garner_Ambyr_Childers_We_Are_What_We_AreIf you aren’t familiar with actress Julia Garner, it’s only a matter of time. You may have caught her in “Martha Marcy May Marlene” or “The Last Exorcism Part II,” but the must-see film that highlights her natural on-screen charisma and confirms that she’s a worthy talent on the rise is the March 2013 release, “Electrick Children.” And now, sure enough, Garner takes another major leap forward with her latest production, “We Are What We Are.”

Garner stars as Rose Parker, a teen living a quiet, reclusive life in upstate New York with her parents, older sister Iris (Ambyr Childers), and little brother Rory (Jack Gore). When Rose’s mother suddenly passes, it falls upon her and her sister to do what’s necessary to maintain their family’s existence – and that includes a cannibalistic ritual.

Even though there’s very little crossover between a cult member, a Mormon with a taste for rock music, and a family-oriented cannibal, Garner insists that there’s only one approach to playing each and every one of them:

“The key is, at the end of the day, no matter what, with all the research, I think the most important is just to focus on the situation that the character is going through, and to just think the thoughts of your character.”

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