ventwing.com had the opportunity to interview Jeanine Serralles who stars in The Coen Brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis” at the film’s New York Film Festival Premiere yesterday on September 29. The CBS Film will be released nationwide on December 6.
Q: Tell me a little bit about your character.
I’m Joy, Llewyn Davis’s disapproving sister.
Q: Tell me about working with Oscar Isaac?
He was the sweetest, kindest, most generous actor I’ve ever worked with. He is fantastic. And this is actually one of my first films, and I mostly do theater. And so, I was very, very nervous, and he was so calm and fun and just a joy.
Q: That’s awesome. So, tell me about how you came to be in this film.
I don’t know who requested me to audition, but there I was and then Joel and Ethan were in a room and they said, “You’re very funny.” And I was like, “Oh, thanks.” And then next thing I know, I was in the film.
Q: Was the casting process that simple?
A: Yeah, it was very simple.And they’re just great guys and they know what they want. And they could’ve hired anybody and they hired me. And I couldn’t be more grateful and thankful and it was so much fun.
Q: Can you speak about working with the Coen brothers?
It’s like they finish each other’s sentences. Joel and Ethan, like when they were at my costume fitting and they both suggested me wearing red gloves at like the same time. I’m like, that’s bizarre and fantastic. And they were calm and they were fun, and it was just a relaxed set. And I would look at them and be like, “I can’t believe these are arguably the best directors in the world right now and they just act like normal, calm, fun, lax people.”
Q: Can you tell me about shooting here in New York?
Well, I’m from New York. And so, we shot in Queens, which was great. I would’ve preferred shooting in Hawaii maybe, but we shot in Queens in the winter, and it was fun. The block was filled with cars from 1960. It was such a throwback; it was fantastic.
Q: And what did you love about the script?
I love that it really focuses on an artist who is not being recognized, and he keeps moving forward and he keeps trying and trying and trying. It’s a great film about New York, about artists in New York—actors, musicians, dancers, you know, everyone’s struggling. And it’s a love letter to them, I think.
We also spoke with Max Casella on the red carpet.
Q: Tell us about your character in this film.
I play Pappi Corsicato, the owner of the Gaslight Club, a legendary club on MacDougal Street where Bob Dylan got his start, and a host of other legendary performers, and where Llewyn performs in the film.
Q: So, tell me about collaborating with the Coen Brothers.
It was wonderful. It was a dream of mine to work with them. Since they made “Blood Simple,” I’ve been following their films. And when I finally got to work with them, it was a dream come true and very surreal actually to be standing there directed by them. I am a lover of movies, so to be a part of one that’s so beautifully done—and their writing is so musical and funny, and it’s just a joy to say their words.
Q: Do you have scenes with everyone?
I worked with Oscar and Justin and Carey.
Q: So, tell me about working with Justin Timberlake, Oscar Isaac and Carey Mulligan.
It was great to listen cause I love music. It has great music in it and Oscar does a beautiful version of “Dink’s Song,” which is a famous folk song. And it was great to even watch Justin Timberlake play live and sing live a folk song, and I was really impressed by Justin Timberlake, very impressed by his musical chops.