Vanity Fair Gets an Inside Look at Jennifer’s Latest Role

April 14, 2014 11:22 pm

Jennifer Westfeldt TheLibrary

Director Steven Soderbergh makes his New York theater debut with Scott Z. Burns’ The Library at The Public Theater, in which Jennifer plays the mother of a girl (played by Chloe Grace Moretz) who survives a deadly high school shooting.

Jennifer sat down with Vanity Fair’s Krista Smith to discuss what it was like working with the creative team:

“Steven Soderbergh has always been an idol of mine. I really had to pinch myself at the thought of working with him every day. I’m a huge fan of Scott’s screenplays—and the themes that run through them. And then this incredible group of actors!”

— and the research she did to work on the piece and her role:

“I read Dave Cullen’s book Columbine, which is incredible—he spent 10 years with everyone involved in the tragedy, and reported every aspect of it,” says Jennifer, “What he posits is that just about everything was misreported in the early hours and days of the tragedy…Cullen’s book reinforced the themes in this play—that we are all complicit in this, every day, with every story.”

The interview continues with more about The Library and a discussion of Jennifer’s career. The full interview can be found on Vanity Fair’s site.

The Library opens tomorrow night at The Public Theater. Get Tickets.

Photo: Joan Marcus