Within the early 2010s, Mia Wasikowska was a Hollywood “It” lady, starring in every little thing from indie darlings to excessive profile studio movies. However after her 2016 movie Alice Via the Wanting Glass was deemed a essential and business flop, Wasikowska appeared to take an prolonged and noticeable break from the limelight. In a latest interview with Indiewire, Wasikowska reveals the selection to step away from the business was by design: “I need to do extra issues in life apart from be in a trailer.”
Born in Australia, Wasikowska burst onto the scene within the U.S. as Sophie, a suicidal gymnast, within the first installment of HBO’s weekly drama sequence In Remedy starring Gabriel Byrne in 2008. She rapidly established herself as one among Hollywood’s most in-demand starlets, racking up lead roles in movies like Cary Fukunaga‘s Jane Eyre and David Croenburg‘s Map to the Stars. Her busiest 12 months could have been 2010, when she starred in the most effective image nominee The Children Are All Proper reverse Julianne Moore and Annette Bening and in addition booked the coveted position of Alice in Tim Burton‘s Alice in Wonderland franchise, starring reverse Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, and Johnny Depp.
However whereas she appeared to be dwelling the dream of many aspiring actresses, Wasikowka revealed to Indie Wire that life on the Hollywood hamster wheel was finally not for her.
“I didn’t solely like the life-style of going again to again to again. I felt actually disconnected from any higher neighborhood,” she stated. “I used to be doing it since I had been 17, effectively extra like 15, however actually working rather a lot from 17. I spent 10 to fifteen years, fully like, new metropolis, new nation, each three months, and it’s like beginning college once more each few months. Particularly if you’re youthful, if you don’t have that base, I discovered that basically exhausting.”
Not solely did Wasikowska discover the tempo to not be a very good match, she wasn’t essentially fulfilled by the work. “Perhaps if the payoff is sweet and you are feeling actually nice doing it, then that’s okay, however I didn’t. So I needed to determine that for myself on a private degree and have extra of a way of someplace I belong that’s not simply on a movie set that ends each few weeks.”
Wasikowska did so by leaving Hollywood and shifting again to her native Sydney, Australia within the late 2010s. She’s nonetheless performing, however much less steadily and primarily in indie movies with auteurs she admires. Most not too long ago, Wasikowska starred as Amy in Mia Hansen-Løve’s critically acclaimed movie Bergman Island reverse Vicky Crieps. She returns to the display this 12 months as Abby, an oceanographer, within the eco-conscious indie Blueback directed by veteran Aussie filmmaker Robert Connolly co-starring Eric Bana.
“I’m fairly content material,” Wasikowska stated of her determination to go away Hollywood. “If I can have the most effective of each worlds, which is dip out and in of it often, I’d be actually pleased, however I wouldn’t ever be in that place the place I used to be simply on a treadmill. I need to do extra issues in life apart from be in a trailer. It’s nice, and there are many nice issues, [but] the notion of it’s fairly totally different from the truth and it didn’t swimsuit me as an individual. You possibly can actually lose perspective since you’re handled fairly surprisingly. When that’s your solely actuality, it’s fairly unusual.”
Whereas she’s pleased to be off the Hollywood treadmill, there’s one position that slipped by way of her fingers that she wished she’d gotten a maintain of: shopgirl Therese Belivet in Todd Hayne‘s queer interval romance Carol, starring Cate Blanchett. “I used to be connected to it a very long time in the past, after which a number of issues occurred, and the shoot obtained pushed, and I signed onto Guillermo [del Toro]’s movie ‘Crimson Peak.’ So I signed onto that and began having conversations with Guillermo and Carol got here again, and so they’re like, ‘We’re going!’ And I used to be like, ‘I can’t now,’ so yeah, it was a bummer.”
The position finally went to Rooney Mara, who received finest actress at Cannes and was nominated for finest supporting actress on the Oscars. “It’s simply a part of it,” stated Wasikowska. “You win some, you lose some.”