Love Affair

Twenty-nine-year-old Alexandra Maria Lara and twenty-seven-year-old Sam Riley star in Anton Corbijn’s biographical drama Control and found love on and off screen


Love Affair
Twenty-nine-year-old Alexandra Maria Lara and twenty-seven-year-old Sam Riley star in Anton Corbijn’s biographical drama Control and found love on and off screen
 
 

 

F: Sam Riley plays Ian Curtis in this film and you play his mistress, Annik Honoré. What was it like falling in love with Riley on and off screen?
AML: Incredible. I fell in love with him the second I saw him.

F: Was it intimidating showing up on set to work with Samantha Morton and Alexandra Maria Lara?
SR: Yes, they’re both tough actresses. I was also nervous about the epilepsy, the fans watching me do the gig scenes and, of course, the love scene.

F: Was it difficult for you to play the “other” woman?
AML: No.  Annik has always been a very decent person.  No woman can be happy about being in love with a man who is married and has a little child.

F: From doing all of his own singing to portraying the violent seizures Ian Curtis suffered, what did you think of Riley’s performance?
AML: I was blown away.

F: Can you relate to Curtis on a personal level?
SR: Yes.  I have been through some of the same things. He was flawed and confused but he desperately wanted to do the right thing.  Life is complicated and no one deserved this outcome.

F: As a newcomer to the acting world, what kind of preparation did you do for this role?
SR: I only knew the very basics of Ian’s life story.  I studied pictures and live footage to get the dancing down. I am a musician so that helped me with the singing.

F: Francis Ford Coppola personally wrote you a letter to star in his upcoming film, Youth Without Youth.  What was that experience like for you?
AML: Incredible. He is a very warm person.  We met in London and talked a lot about the script. And then he told me that he was going to give me three parts in the film instead of one. No matter what happens in the future, I will be grateful forever!

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