Magazine article Variety

Rampling Digs Deep within for '45 Years'

Magazine article Variety

Rampling Digs Deep within for '45 Years'

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Her filmography includes works by Woody Allen, Luchino Visconti and Sidney Lumet - yet at 69, Charlotte Rampling may have sealed her career-defining role in Andrew Haigh's delicate marital drama "45 Years." As a rural retiree whose comfortable married existence crumbles when she learns a painful secret from her husband's past, Rampling has earned a shelfload of best actress awards. Yet the honors cap a bittersweet year for the actress, who lost her own partner, Jean-Noel Tassez, to a long-term illness in October.

You've always chosen your projects eclectically. What stood out to you about "45 Years"?

Purely the script. Those types of films only come along every so often - certainly to me, at least. It made me think of 'Under the Sand,' the film I did with Francois Ozon; they're both stories of personal hauntings, in a sense, and those fascinate me.

Do such stories resonate with you personally?

It's the state of mind that Kate's put into that interests me, because it's the state of mind we're all put into when unforeseen things happen. I've always been interested in roles that allow me to use what I know. I brought to Kate my understanding of these emotional states. It's acting, yes, but it's more about being. …

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