Actor Samara Weaving is officially booked and busy. Like so many Australian actors, Samara got her start on Home & Away, before finding herself in Hollywood: going on to star in The Babysitter, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Ready Or Not, Bill & Ted Face The Music and now: Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins with Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians) and Úrsula Corberó (Money Heist). And for anyone about to Google whether or not Samara is related to Hugo Weaving – yep, he’s her uncle! (Jealous.)
But amid all of that Hollywood glitz and glamour, we wanted a glimpse of Samara doused in lo-fi lighting; a dash of cinéma vérité. So we had no choice but to ambush her with MTV’s Pressing Questions, our interview series where we do away with robotic conversational frames and get to know our favourite people beyond the PR.
What is the meaning of life?
What is the meaning of life? Uh. Chocolate.
Something COVID taught you
Last movie you watched
A Canadian movie called The Brood. These kids go nuts and kill a bunch of people. It’s like a thriller/horror movie. It’s the most bananas plot I’ve ever seen, but it’s grounded in this story of personal discovery.
Bill Hader talks about it on this channel called Criterion that I like to watch, and I like anything that Bill Hader suggests.
How do you feel about your hair?
I like it today!
Describe yourself in three words
True crime documentary.
Would you rather travel 100 years to the past or the future?
Maybe the past. Go and explore the jungles before they all get ruined.
Nature or nurture?
Daily ritual you couldn’t live without?
Caffeine. A cup of tea.
How are you at 8am?
Now great. Not great at 8am.
Something you’re passionate about?
What drew you to the role of Scarlett?
I knew about G.I. Joe, such an iconic group, that when they said do you want to play Scarlett, I was like… of course. You can’t say no to saying an action hero. It was nerve-wracking and exciting at the same time because it’s such an awesome comic, and you want to do the character justice.
What was working with Henry Golding like?
Oh he’s wonderful. Henry’s amazing. It was kind of like going on camp when you do films like that, we were all in Japan together and no one really knew anyone, so he really made sure that everyone felt looked after and he’d organise big dinners or trips, things like that.
Tell us about Snake Eyes in your own words.
There are these awesome action sequences that are going to blow your socks off, but it’s also a really personal story about self-discovery and self-knowledge, and I think that everyone can relate to it. So people will be surprised by how grounded it is.
Catch Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins in Australian cinemas. (When it’s safe to do so, of course.) Catch the trailer below.
Interview by Alice Griffin (@_alicegriffin), editor of this very site.