The Goldfinch: Actor Aimee Laurence discusses her role in the upcoming movie

TORONTO, ONTARIO - SEPTEMBER 08: Aimee Laurence attends "The Goldfinch" premiere during the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 08, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ONTARIO - SEPTEMBER 08: Aimee Laurence attends "The Goldfinch" premiere during the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 08, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images) /

Aimee Laurence discusses her upcoming role in The Goldfinch, working with actors her own age, and balancing work and school in an interview with Hidden Remote.

The Goldfinch is gaining a lot of attention as the movie gets closer to its opening. The film adaptation of Donna Tartt’s book features a 13-year-old boy whose life is turned crazy when he is a victim of a bombing at a museum. Before the fateful moment, he becomes enamored with a young girl named Pippa, with whom he connects with after the bombing. Aimee Laurence plays Pippa in one of her biggest roles to date.

The 14-year-old has appeared in TV shows such as Chicago P.D., and The Blacklist but this is the first big cinematic movie she been in. Hidden Remote chatted with Laurence on The Goldfinch and her role.

The Goldfinch hits theaters September 13.

Hidden Remote: Watching the trailer was pretty fantastic and it was so intense, what was it like filming The Goldfinch?

Aimee Laurence: It was really interesting. I wasn’t there for some of the huge scenes in the movies. The scenes I was there for, the set was really cool. All the actors and actresses are really interesting people. It was a good set to be on with all the people.

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HR: How long were you filming?

AL: I filmed maybe four days in total, but spread out over the course of a few weeks.

HR: How does this role compare to the other roles that you have done?

AL: It’s pretty similar. In other roles, I have been more of an innocent character who’s there for sympathy. In this movie, my characters was there because Oakes (Fegley)’s character was very attached to me because I reminded him of the whole accident where his mother died. I was kind of there for sympathy for him. In other roles I’ve done, I was the child in it. I was there for sympathy when people were going through hard times.

HR: Why are you drawn to those types of roles?

AL: I do like those kinds of roles, but I would like to branch out a little bit from that, but I don’t not like it.

HR: What is the most memorable thing about filming The Goldfinch?

AL: I really liked the director John Crowley a lot. I thought he was really interesting. He’s a little intimidating but in a good way. I thought he was an interesting person and I really liked working with him a lot.

HR: What did he do on set that intrigued you?

AL: On set, he would give me really good notes. But even before the set when I would go over lines with him and Oakes, he just had very good notes. He seemed like just such an interesting person.

HR: How is this different from your other acting experiences?

AL: It’s different because, I guess, it’s bigger. It’s a bigger movie and it is going to be in theaters. It’s a bigger deal than the other things I have done.

HR: Did it feel that way to you too?

AL: It’s not like it felt that way on the set because sets are pretty similar. It feels that way because people I know are like, ‘I saw the trailer in the movie theater.’ That’s why it feels a little bit different.

HR: Have you seen your trailer in the movie theater?

AL: Yeah, I did. It was funny.

HR: Have you read the book?

AL: No I haven’t read the book. I’m going to read it soon because my sister is reading the book and I am probably going to read it after her.

HR: You mention your sister, you have two sisters who are also actresses. What’s that like in your house having the three of you in the business?

AL: It’s really good because at least one person is always working. Right now, my sister is working. It takes us on different adventures and it’s really fun. Acting can be kind of scary, but when I have a house full of people doing it, it makes it a lot less.

HR: Who was the first one of you to get the acting bug?

AL: Probably my older sister Oona.

HR: Were you inspired by her? How did you get into acting?

AL: Basically, through my parents. My dad is writer, actor and he is into that stuff. He decided to bring us to acting lessons just for the fun of it. They didn’t think it would turn into anything. We all liked it a lot. We were at one of the showcases and one of the managers was there and said, ‘These three girls I like them. They’re all sisters too. That’s interesting.’ Then it just turned into that.

HR: How do you have balance it all? Going to school is pretty much a full-time job.

AL: Different times are quieter. Sometimes I am not working on anything, so it’s pretty easy. But when I am and I also have to do school, it’s great that I have my family who is very supportive and my dad who works things out with the school. I wouldn’t be able to do it without them. It can get hard, but it’s not too bad when you have people who help you.

HR: Going back to The Goldfinch, with your other roles, you actually worked more with adults. In this role, you worked with people your own age, how was that different for you?

AL: Yeah, I liked that. When I was on a bunch of other stuff, I definitely was just the kid. People were like, how cute, the little kid. But it was great working with Oakes. He’s my age and I got to actually talk to someone my age instead of all adults.

HR: What are you looking for next?

AL: Right now, I have been going on a bunch of auditions. Nothing is official yet. I’m going into high school so that’s exciting.

HR: Anything else you would like me know to about The Goldfinch?

AL: I think this movie is going to be really good and a lot of people will like it because it’s not only really interesting, but also heartwarming and people are going to relate to the pain the characters go through.

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The Goldfinch premieres Friday, Sept. 13 in theaters.