Mira Sorvino is used to getting notes and guidance on her acting - when she was in school plays as a kid, her actor father Paul Sorvino would come backstage, congratulate her, and then offer detailed notes on her performance. So when preparations for her latest movie, 'Union Square', included a week of exploring her character alongside the movie's co-writer/director Nancy Savola, she relished the opportunity to dig into the back story of Lucy, a bi-polar New Yorker.
She says the character is a composite of some relatives of Savola and people that Sorvino herself knows - the performance is not based on a single individual. Sorvino says "there were people like her in my life, and there's a little bit of me in her". She also praises the director for her insight into the characters and her work with the actors: "Nancy Savoca has a very keen eye for human nature and I think she really pulls it out of us ... when I read it I was like, 'oh, okay, this is the best role I've been offered in ten years'".
'Union Square' opens at Toronto's Carlton Cinema this Friday, July 13, as well as theatres in New York and Los Angeles. Check out the trailer below:
Mira was in the red chair earlier this season to talk about 'Union Square', as well as the terrible realities of human trafficking, an issue she has done much to publicize as a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador:
Related stories on Strombo.com: