L to R, Alexi Rabin, intern for Sarah’s BackstagePass, Odeya Rush, Brenton Thwaites and Sarah Knight Adamson Photo taken at Four Seasons Hotel Chicago
The Giver Film Interviews: Brenton Thwaites talks about Jeff Bridges and his guidance on the set of The Giver. Odeya Rush chats about Meryl Streep’s filmmaking advice and Taylor Swift’s off-camera piano playing.
The Giver is an award-winning and beloved 1993 young adult novel by Lois Lowry that will open soon as a major Hollywood film. Jeff Bridges was instrumental in bringing the book to the silver screen and stars as “The Giver.” Jonas, played by Brenton Thwaites, and Fiona, played by Odeya Rush, were in Chicago for interviews to promote the film. We met at the Four Seasons Hotel. They were delightful and eager to talk about working with stars Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, and Taylor Swift.
Sarah Knight Adamson: Brenton, how would you describe your character’s personality?
Brenton Thwaites: He’s intelligent, has integrity, courage, and, as per mentioned in the book by Lois Lowry, has the capacity to see beyond.
SKA: As The Receiver, you work very closely with The Giver, played by Jeff Bridges. Did he give you any acting advice?
BT: He did. He gave me a lot in the form of acting with me. It was more just working with him in general and the relationship we developed on screen was something that I had never really done before.
SKA: Sure. I could see that in the film. There was definitely chemistry between you two.
BT: Yeah. It was a great space to work in.
SKA: Sure. If you could tell me just a couple words to describe his personality?
BT: Intelligent, relaxed, funny, playful.
SKA: Your role, Fiona, requires that you nurture newborn babies. How did you prepare for that?
Odeya Rush: I have four younger brothers. They were all babies at one point. I helped my mom take care of them. I love children and I love babies. Also, when I was in South Africa, I volunteered at a hospital and I spent time with young mothers, with the nurses, and with the babies just to get into the character. To get the natural touch. The first scene where Fiona just naturally can get the baby to stop crying. I think Phil (director Phillip Noyce) just wanted me to learn little tricks that nurses do. That makes the audience believe that I am destined to do this job.