Renee Zellweger Interview - Appaloosa
The character of Tilda is an Irish __________ maid.
So what's the appeal of a Western for you?
Renee Zellweger: "Good old-fashioned American storytelling."
Renee Zellweger: "Oh yeah. I mean as long as there's been cinema, there's been the Western. It's not often that you have an opportunity to do something that's so conventionally steeped in tradition like that. And the way that Ed made this film, it's true to form. It's quiet. It takes its time. It's compelling, it's real, it's raw. It was a delightful experience every day."
And your character's not good, not bad, she's got a lot of mystery to her so how do you approach that?
Renee Zellweger: "That's what I loved about her. I just don't understand her. Every day was a challenge for me, you know? The interesting thing about it was that I found that despite the fact that I don't necessarily agree with the choices that she makes, I don't judge her because she's doing the best that she can with the very limited options that she has and the very difficult situation that she's found herself in. So it was an interesting challenge. It was the first time I think I've ever played a character where I wasn't certain going in about what decisions I had made for her history, what had led her to this place. I wasn't sure if I was right in what I had concluded about what might have brought her to that place of such desperation. So it was a really, really interesting challenge for me. "
One last question. What about those costumes? How'd it feel crawling into those?
Renee Zellweger: "You know it was crawling. You're absolutely right, it was crawling. They were all four-handers. Sometimes they were six-handers."
Renee Zellweger: "Oh yeah. There was no getting into that sucker independently. Absolutely not. We had to have a meeting every morning to start with the skirts and the corsets and the…oh yeah. But it makes the character. It really, really does."
Who is Tilda?
Cerris Morgan-Moyer: "Tilda is sort of an Irish saloon maid in the town who's taken under the wing of one of the older men. And she is terrified of the bad guys, and just a really sort of a simple but underlying tone throughout the film I think."
Were you a fan of Westerns prior to working on this film?
Cerris Morgan-Moyer: "You know, that's an interesting question. I was just not familiar with them. I wasn't not a fan, but I wasn't as familiar with them as I now am because of the films I watched prior to doing Appaloosa and the books I started to read. It kind of opened up a whole new genre for me to be interested in, and now I am a fan."
And the costumes… Do we see you in something wonderful?
Cerris Morgan-Moyer: "Well, I'm in a lot of bustles and frills up to here, so I'm very shaped. I'm shaped. But I think it probably made me warmer than everybody else because I had so many layers on. "
Is this something that you'd like to do again, now that you've done one Western?
Cerris Morgan-Moyer: "Oh yes, yes, I really would. I met some wonderful actors doing this film who've made a career out of doing Westerns and I think it's a wonderful thing."