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Morgan Saylor Talks Her Role in “Blow The Man Down” – Coveteur

Jun 30, 2019       Filed In Blow the Man Down ,Photos ,Press       Comments: 0

Morgan Saylor is a serious actress, but she still loves a good prank call

She pursued the role of Mary Beth in Blow the Man Down for three years.

You could almost feel the energy pulsing through the air in the presence of actress Morgan Saylor. And it only livened when the Chicago native spoke about her most recent role as Mary Beth in the upcoming crime drama Blow the Man Down. Saylor became passionate about the role the first time she read the script three years ago. “The fact that it’s about a bunch of badass women is so exciting to me,” she gushed. “It’s a rarity to read a script knowing that I’m not going to have to do all of my scenes with a man.”

The film follows two sisters, Mary Beth and Priscilla (played by Saylor and Sophie Lowe, respectively), struggling to process the death of their mother and later finding themselves in the predicament of covering up a crime. Lowe’s powerful energy catapulted her through the audition and eventually the filming itself, for which she spent numerous months alongside co-star Sophie Lowe. The more Saylor—who starred in Homeland and White Girl, and even had a small role in The Sopranos in 2006—divulged the details of her time spent filming in Maine, the more evident it was that the connection between the female cast and crew was impermeable. “It was thrilling to be able to support the directors and getting to see them manifest this dream,” Saylor said.

Below, more on what filming in Maine was like and the details on what happened BTS on set.

The auditioning process:

“This [role was] something that I was attached to the longest before I made it, out of any project, which is special. It’s always lovely to think about your character [for] as much time as you can. I came across it maybe three years ago, and the first thing I did was Skype with both of the directors, Danielle and Bridget. I was at my brother’s house in Brooklyn, making octopus, and it felt very fitting from the start [laughs]. I think I was the first person to read the script aloud and audition for them. They had me read for both girls, which was interesting. I didn’t want to do the other role, I liked my role from the beginning, but we just played around in a room in Brooklyn for a few hours. It was a long, funny, drawn-out process, but I was in love with it the whole time and chasing it.”

What it was like filming in Maine:

“It was so great. The directors, Sophie, and I spent a long time rehearsing, which was nice. We really built our world before we showed up in Maine. Being there was the best. Sophie and I lived together in the middle of nowhere. I wanted to be there a month early, but they said no [laughs]. Sophie and I started hanging out every day in the month leading up to [filming] to really try to get under each other’s skin in a positive way.

“Maine was a true delight. Lobster rolls! We had a few snowstorms, which delayed production a little. When we came home, we had one giant couch and two La-Z-Boys, and at the end of every day we’d plop ourselves down in front of the fireplace. It was funny because we were staying in this big house with two extra bedrooms. It felt similar to the movie because our parents are orphans, so it was fun [to be staying in] this big house that felt like a family house.”

A few of her favorite memories from set:

“Once the power went out and Sophie was really scared, and I had to play it cool [even though I was scared, too]. We were in the middle of fucking nowhere and the snow was coming down, coming down, coming down. [It was out] for a few hours. There were a lot of really cold, long nights.

“We did a lot of prank calling on set. It’s mentioned very briefly in the movie, or maybe it was cut from the script, but [Mary Beth and Prisclla] used to prank-call when they were bored at the shop. Our very first day of rehearsal, the directors wanted me to do a prank call. They had me call our producer, Drew, who I hadn’t met yet. I called him and said, ‘This is Cynthia Rowley,’ not remembering that that’s a designer, but I was like, ‘I’m from Maine’s film commission, and I just wanted to let you know that we reviewed the content of your upcoming project, and it’s far too inappropriate for…’ I don’t know, something like that, and he died on the phone, he was so freaked out it was great. Then, in between setups or when we had more downtime, we would [prank-call] a lot of ex boyfriends. It’s really easy on an iPhone to turn off your caller ID. [laughs].”

On breaking in and out of character:

“Breaking is hard. But usually by then I am so exhausted that I just go home and don’t look at anyone for a week. Definitely a lot of time to myself. To get into the role, I built a lot of backstory going through the script, working with our directors, talking about our own families and why Mary Beth is the way she is. I really love timelines—I find them very important. I put them across my wall, which is helpful when you’re figuring things out. We shoot everything out of order, and it’s nice to know where you’re going the whole time.

“Sophie and I really wanted to make sure, since she’s Australian, that our accents met somewhere hopefully in the middle. Around the house we would speak in that accent back and forth to one another, trying to make it work in one world.”

What she hopes people take away from the film:

“I really love that the film spans two generations of women. While I was making it, I thought a lot about how Mary Beth is scared of women and femininity. Something the story is trying to talk about is not to be scared of that, and embracing the women around you. Even if they’re different than you or if they come from a different time, have different mentality or morale, we’re most powerful when we fuck with one another.”

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Premiere December 2018 : Scan

Dec 6, 2018       Filed In Press ,We the Coyotes       Comments: 0

Morgan is featured inside the latest issue of the french magazine PREMIERE. 1 scan has been added to the gallery


Morgan Saylor for The Ingenue Magazine

Sep 20, 2016       Filed In Photos ,Press       Comments: 0

A new photoshoot of Morgan for The Ingenue Magazine has been added to the gallery.
EDIT 09/22 : + 7 photos


‘White Girl’ Star Morgan Saylor Talks Drugs, Math and ‘Homeland’s’ Dana Brody

Sep 19, 2016       Filed In Homeland ,Press ,White Girl       Comments: 0

For the University of Chicago math major there’s a through line between numbers crunching and acting (“There are derivatives to be found between story arcs and character motivations.”).

Fans of Homeland know Morgan Saylor as Dana Brody, the troubled teen with the complicated father. But few will recognize her in Elizabeth Wood’s sexy new drug drama White Girl, the feature film in which she stars as Leah, a privileged girl who hooks up with a Puerto Rican drug dealer and begins slinging cocaine in the quest to spring him from jail. Following the film’s Sundance debut, The Hollywood Reporter called her performance “never blank or predictable … [with] a fierce intelligence that comes through.”

Neither of her characters in Homeland and White Girl bear any resemblance to the real Saylor, who is a brainiac majoring in mathematics at the University of Chicago. But the FilmRise movie, which expanded into 16 theaters this weekend where it grossed a meager $27,750 for the weekend, is still proving to be an impressive calling card for the UTA-repped actress. Now, Saylor is plotting her next move (think indies, not superhero movies).

The 21-year-old Georgia native talked to THR before the start of the fall semester about her favorite drug-themed movie, whether or not she’ll return to Homeland and the through line between mathematics and acting (“There are derivatives to be found between story arcs and character motivations.”).

You were 19 when you landed the starring role in White Girl. Was it a difficult audition process?

It was a really fun audition process. It was February [2015] and it was a blizzard out and I came in wearing a very long jacket. I took it off and was wearing short shorts and a tank top because when I got ready that morning, jeans and a turtleneck didn’t feel right. Elizabeth really likes to play around and try to figure out the scene in a way that just isn’t plainly on the paper. So we really did try it a bunch of different ways.

What, if anything, do you and White Girl’s Leah have in common?

Not much. But I moved to New York too when I was 18, like Leah. I grew up in Atlanta and definitely found the city in a different way but still related to coming to this giant universe from this small, little rest of America, and the opportunities and weird adventures you can have in the city. But I definitely went about it a different way than Leah.

What’s your favorite drug-themed movie?

The Panic in Needle Park. That does it for me. Young [Al] Pacino. Man oh man.

What profession would you pursue if not this?

Something to do with numbers. Maybe a physicist if I’m really daydreaming.

Is there any through line between studying mathematics and being an actress?

Completely. Especially as my classes have gotten harder, more intense. I’m such a dork, but I really think there are derivatives to be found between story arcs and character motivations. And the way you evaluate functions is a really interesting way to look at stories and the way you act. I really believe it.

So, do you have a favorite number?

Six. Always has been. It’s a very comfortable number. Certain numbers feel better than others, for sure. When I had to live in the dorms, I would wake up with the math majors every morning and be like, “Today’s the 21st, 3, 7, wow that feels good.” (laughs)

You are not on Twitter. Why not?

I like being mysterious as an actress. That’s my simple answer. I’m scared to put that much out there in terms of “Morgan.”

What are you currently reading?

[Erik Larson’s] The Devil in the White City. I also have a book of Emily Dickinson poems on top of it as well, which are fun to read.

What was your very first acting job?

My first proper credit was I did a small voice-over on an episode of The Sopranos when I was like 11 or 12. I didn’t know [how culturally influential] the series was then, but I have since watched it and think it’s phenomenal. I’m very proud that was my first thing.

What’s the best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?

Pick your battles.

Describe yourself in 3 words.

Goofy. Interested. Thoughtful.

What do you hate the most about Hollywood?

That’s tricky. Maybe red carpets. They’re just weird.

This will be the second presidential election you can vote in. Hillary or Trump?

Hillary. It’s a pretty simple decision to make. I have been a fan of hers for a while, and I’m excited.

Who would be your dream director?

Paul Thomas Anderson, Jim Jarmusch, Jacques Audiard.

Any chance you’ll return to Homeland?

No plans, but I am still great friends with them and they’re all in New York now shooting, so I’ve been hanging out with them a bit. But no plans on the calendar.

Have you been courted for superhero movies yet?

They come my way. They come everyone’s way. And I don’t usually pursue them that hard. Tou don’t read the script; you don’t know the director. So I haven’t tried to play that game yet and I’m not sure I will, but who knows? We’ll see. Indies tend to be my cup of tea more often.

Who would you most like to meet?

Probably Miuccia Prada. Hang out with her a little bit. I love her clothing and think she’s brilliant. She’s got a Ph.D. in political science and makes the coolest clothes in the world. I’ve met her very briefly from afar at a fashion show, but all I want to do is talk to her.

What would White Girl’s Leah think of Dana Brody?

That’s a good question. Well, Leah likes everyone it seems. So maybe she’d be able to get a smile out of Dana somehow. I’m not sure Dana would be as excited by Leah

(Source The Hollywood Reporter)


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