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Following Joanna Newsom's feature film debut with Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice', we settled down with her and co-star Jena Malone to discuss her latest career move and Joaquin Phoenix's just-roll-with-it aesthetic.
Joanna Newsom stars as Sortilège in 'Inherent Vice'
It's nerve-racking for anyone to launch headfirst into a career they've never really approached before, but between actors and musicians it's a crossover not uncommon. Joined by first-timer Joanna Newsom and Jena Malone, we explored not only what working going from singer to film actor was like, but also working in the shadow of living legend - but total sweetie - Joaquin Phoenix.
Harpist Joanna Newsom made her film debut in 'Inherent Vice' last year, playing the character of Sortilège opposite the likes of Joaquin Phoenix and Josh Brolin. We caught up with her alongside co-star Jena Malone to find out their feelings on being in a film with such an esteemed actor as Phoenix, the magic behind Sortilege's character and what it's like for Newsom to transition into acting from making music.
Contactmusic: Jena, were you as surprised as we were by the scream Joaquin Phoenix let out in the scene where you show him a photograph?
Jena Malone: Yeah. I knew it was coming and I was still surprised. That's Joaquin; he just sort of creates moments of surprise continually.
Contactmusic: Did you pick a different picture to give him each time?
Jena Malone: The Polaroids, as life, just got pulled as they do. There was no way to plan it. You're just like, 'All right, this is the one.' But there were a few really choice Polaroids in there that I kept trying to slip him, but it wasn't always the right one.
Continue reading: Joanna Newsom & Jena Malone- Inherent Vice Interview 2015
Harpist Joanna Newsom has narrator role in P.T. Anderson's 'Inherent Vice'.
Joanna Newsom plays onscreen narrator in 'Inherent Vice'
The 32-year-old multi-instrumentalist best known for her accomplishments in harp-playing is almost totally new to the world of acting. Aside from lending her voice to the English dubbing of Japanese animation 'The Sky Crawlers', making an appearance as a harpist (naturally) in an episode of 'Portlandia' and starring in MGMT's video for their single 'Kids', she has only ever found a creative outlet in music. That was until she landed the role of narrator Sortilege in Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's 2009 novel 'Inherent Vice'.
Benicio Del Toro, Jena Malone, Joanna Newsom, Maya Rudolph, Sasha Pieterse, Jordan Christian Hearn, Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix - Los Angeles premiere of 'Inherent Vice' - Arrivals at TCL Chinese Theatre - Hollywood, California, United States - Wednesday 10th December 2014
Joanna Newsom - A variety of up and coming stars took to the red carpet for the People Magazine 'Ones To Watch' Party at The Line Hotel in Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 9th October 2014
Joaquin Phoenix, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin bring colour to Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation 'Inherent Vice'.
Joaquin Phoenix once again demonstrates his extraordinary versatility as a screen actor with his latest role as PI Doc Sportello in Paul Thomas Anderson's forthcoming mystery drama 'Inherent Vice' - but who else makes this unusual flick one to watch out for?
Phoenix always surprises with his choice of movie roles, going from the deadly serious sect drama 'The Master' (also directed by Anderson) to the coy, technological romance (we like the term Comp-Rom) of 'Her', and now he's takes a new turn once again in this comedic 70s thriller. He's a private investigator who is forced to take on his ex-girlfriend Shasta's case when her new boyfriend Mickey Wolfmann becomes embroiled in a kidnapping plot by his scheming wife Sloane and her secret lover.
The funnyman and the singer/songwriter tied the knot in a private ceremony in Big Sur, California over the weekend
Andy Samberg and Joanna Newsom are officially wedded, with the couple of five-years finally tying the knot in a private ceremony on Saturday, 21 September. The two exchanged vows in front of friends and family at Big Sur, California with E! News officially confirming the news over the weekend.
Samberg and Newsom tied the knot in front of family and friends
The former-Saturday Night Live writer and performer and the acclaimed harpist and singer/songwriter have dated for around five years now and on Saturday they finally made things officially after their engagement was confirmed by Samberg in February this year. With family and friends invited, there were a few famous faces amongst the attendees at the ceremony, with Adam Sandler, Amy Poehler, Nick Kroll, Maya Rudolph and her partner Paul Thomas Anderson all reportedly in attendance.
Continue reading: Andy Samberg And Joanna Newsom Get Married!
Here's what to expect from Chicago's Pitchfork Music Festival this weekend (19th - 21st July 2013).
Every summer this globally loved festival presents some 40 plus artists from all parts of the music spectrum, including both classic chart-toppers and new emerging talent, to 50,000 indie fans. They have been praised over their seven year existence for their cheap ticket prices and friendly atmosphere and that's not about to go any time soon. Apart from great live music on show for three days, there's some of the best indie vinyls for sale at the CHIRP Record Fair, some excellent posters and art-pieces about, as well as a craft fair and an array of musical books and magazines. It's not just for Stateside music fans though, the festival hits Europe for Pitchfork Music Festival Paris on October 31st, November 1st and November 2nd.
Continue reading: Union Park Prepares For Its Seventh Annual Pitchfork Music Festival
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