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Well first of all, as I have touched on, we take the characters seriously, believe they have background, and believe that even though we are in a film that also deals with espionage, that essentially one of the things that it’s about is deception inside a relationship, in a partnership. It happens to be a man and woman who in this case are not married at the beginning of the picture, but he’s hiding something.
In the CIA, you can’t tell people you are a covert operative unless you are married. So there’s a pressure which ultimately becomes something she is suspicious of and he wants to marry her so that he can tell her that he is in the CIA. She’s a smart, professional woman in her own right, she’s an eye surgeon and we get some sense of some of her world as a professional. She’s a strong individual and a passionate character rather than just ‘the frightened woman,’ that can be part of the cliché traps of this world.
I have always thought she was just a terrific actress. There’s a kind of intelligent, witty kind of quality in her work. She was really a joy to work with and I think it was quite an interesting choice too. Like in A Dangerous Method I think you can see that she is having a real and proper career in addition to being a great beauty who has made great period films because they sometimes go together. She looks wonderful in some of the things we have seen her in visually. People think somehow it’s easy, but she’s got a really rigorous attitude towards her work and she just happens to be a breathtakingly beautiful woman, as well."