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Sara   /   April 23, 2015

 Source: The Wall Street Journal |  Written By: Mike Ayers |  Published On: 23 April 2015 |  Type: Interview |  Filed Under: Bare, Tribeca 2015

Dianna Agron exploded onto the scene in 2009 as one of the main cast members of “Glee,” but in the last several years she’s chosen film roles that are very different from singing cheerleader Quinn Fabray. Her latest movie, “Bare,” premiered at Tribeca Film Festival this week, where Agron plays Sarah, a twentysomething grocery store clerk in small, fictitious town of Willowpea, Nevada. Her world is suddenly thrown for a loop when she meets Pepper (Paz de la Huerta), who changes her life in profound ways. The film’s tone is dark and seedy and finds Agron exploring a range of different emotions on screen.

“Bare” isn’t Agron’s only film at Tribeca. She also has a small role in the Jason Sudeikis-Rebecca Hall indie romantic comedy “Tumbledown,” in which she plays Sudeikis’s girlfriend Finley, a hip, big-city record executive. She’s currently living in London, prepping for a new stage production called “McQueen,” about late fashion designer Alexander McQueen. Below, an edited transcript.

In “Bare,” your character Sarah meets Pepper, a drifter who deals drugs and works at a strip club. How would you describe their relationship?

For somebody who’s growing up in a small town, it’s really easy to be a young person – or a person of any age – where you’re kind of in a box. There are limitations to your life or things are being chosen for you. Sometimes it takes somebody triggering the notion that that’s not entirely true. For Sarah, when she meets Pepper, there are so many things that are slightly dangerous about her…but at the same time, she’s very real with her. Their relationship is very innocent and loving and playful. When Pepper tells Sarah she’s beautiful, I think that’s the first time she’s heard someone be so open and honest and say something like that to her.

When we were filming in Moriarty, (New Mexico) a lot of local people are in this film. There’s not a lot going on. That’s not something somebody who lives there would disagree with. It’s a really small town where there’s a lot lacking – and that doesn’t mean the people are lacking, but the surroundings and environment and opportunities aren’t there. When you’re in an environment like that, you can be taken along the day to day sameness and not even know how to challenge that.

Have you ever experienced that stillness?

When we lived there while filming that was the most I’ve ever had that feeling. We were just as limited. We could have been staying at Santa Fe or Albuquerque but I’m really glad we didn’t. It helped form the characters and what it’s like to grow up in a place like that. But you can have that feeling anywhere. You can live in a big city and feel like you can’t change the day-to-day cycle.

There’s a scene toward the end where Sarah takes peyote and a white snake crawls over her. Do you enjoy working with snakes?

I had to maintain a real sense of calm. I had held snakes before, but [this] snake liked me. It kept crawling around my neck. At one point, they had to pull it off. It had wrapped around my neck twice. It was not a snake that could do any damage; it was an old snake. But the handlers said it had bitten someone once, years ago. I kept humming and because of the humming, it was keeping me calm and the snake happy.

Is sexuality a big part of this movie?

I don’t think so. It’s more about the human experience and finding love for somebody – it’s not gender specific, or Sarah finding herself as a lesbian. I was in a nail salon the other day and there were these girls holding hands, arm around the other girls, joking, laughing. Just girlfriends. But there’s some cultures and places where that’s not appropriate. It just depends on what you grow up with.

It felt like Sarah was hesitant about stripping at first but then became empowered.

She has no control over anything up until that point. And it’s interesting, there’s such a stigma with strippers and stripping. Granted, it can come with a very dark side to it – in some ways, too, there are many people where this is them providing for their family. I actually went to the club and danced when nobody knew I was part of the movie and nobody knew who I was. It was amazing how much control you have and how hesitant people can be to say anything or come up to you or do anything. I felt like I was the most in control. It was a very weird and eye-opening experience.

What song did you dance to?

I chose “Hey Now” by London Grammar.

You’re also in “Tumbledown,” where you play a talent scout at a record label. What were the directions for that character?

What we talked about with that movie is that sometimes you fall for who you fall for. She was a city girl in a fast-paced world. And loved him all the same, but he fell for somebody different. We didn’t want to play that my character was some bitchy girl that he was finally being saved for. Sometimes people come into your life and they move you.

Have you thought about doing your own album?

I mean I wouldn’t say no, but it would be really indie, singer-songwriter. I can’t imagine making a pop album. It would have to be in the vein of the music that I love. Never say never, I guess, but it’s not something I’m actively pursuing.

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