She’s best known as the Romy from Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion but judging by her Oscar win (which nobody talks about and should) in 1995 for Mighty Aphrodite, Mira Sorvino is a solid dramatic actress with a long future ahead of her. Her intense scenes in her latest flick, Reservation Road, have her at her most subtle and most severe as she portrays a woman who has to deal with a broken family and an ex-husband caught up in a well-hidden crime. During the Toronto International Film Festival, Flare had a chance to catch up with the class act.
FLARE: Did you need to read the Reservation Road script a few times before signing on or did you say yes after one read?
MS: It was self-evident how good it was on the first read. A lot of scripts today are dark for the sake of being dark, but contain no real human content. This script was thought provoking and apathetic. I think you relate to all the characters when you watch it, as much as you sometimes judge them, but you really relate to everyone in it.
FLARE: Is research and a lot of prep time a big part of your job?
MS: It is. For my character in Reservation Road, it was more like finding her personality, and finding her look, and where she kind of fits in. She is not an extreme character and she does not come from a place where she had a specific dialect. We surmised that she is a former, hopeful singer/songwriter that didn’t make it and now she is living in a small town as a music teacher in a school and she has made peace with that. She doesn’t quite fit in and is not the perfect suburban woman, but she is doing fine. I think she is the only character who is sort of happy.
FLARE: Since your father was a part of Hollywood already, which films have had the most impact on your career?
MS: When I was a kid I remember seeing Jessica Lang in Francis and just crying my eyes out. I think that was the most important female performance I have ever seen. It made me want to become an actress.
FLARE: Did you ever get to speak to Jessica Lang and tell her that.
MS: No, I have never met Jessica Lang, but wish I could.