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  admin   —     January 28, 2016

Holliday Grainger stars as Miriam, the love interest to the young rookie member of the coast guard Bernie Weber (Chris Pine), in Craig Gillespie‘s The Finest Hours. The film is based on a true story of the Coast Guard making a daring rescue attempt off the coast of Cape Cod after a pair of oil tankers are destroyed during a blizzard in 1952.

The English actress talked to us and group of fellow journalists about the filming process, her portrayal of the real-life Miriam, working on her Boston accent, and much more. See what she had to say below.

Geeks of Doom: So would you really ask your boyfriend to marry you?

Holliday Grainger: Yeah if I thought it was right, why not? Oh god, marriage, though, I mean that’s one thing where me and Miriam differ. I don’t know.

Geeks of Doom: Looking at Miriam, she is not like any of the girls in the community. Is that what attracted you to the role?

Holliday Grainger: I thought she was quite traditional in all her values and I suppose in the sense of she definitely has very strong traditional family values of wanting to get married and start a family and that’s very important for her. I think what maybe defines the time period is her lack of a care for social conventions. I know it’s definitely what I love about the character of Miriam in this is that she is quite similar to Bernie in some ways. She’s very instinctive and very self-assured and goes with what she feels is right. So, you know, when she wants to get married she feels it’s right so she’s gonna go for it. And everyone’s saying, you know, ‘He’s in danger. He’s about to be killed. This man doesn’t know what he’s doing.’ Then I mean I don’t know if there’s a question in her mind she’s got to say something. And so I guess in that respect her kind of values are quite old-fashioned, but her bravery is definitely something that I think is quite timeless. I think even nowadays her self assurity would be something to be respected.

Geeks of Doom: Were there any challenges trying to balance out Miriam’s lack of care of social conventions and continue the traditional values of the 1950s?

Holliday Grainger: Yes, massively to be honest. The first couple of times I read the script I was just like, right, I couldn’t initially see how I would play Miriam and because I was finding the two quite difficult to balance and it was really until I met Miriam’s daughter, Patty, and she took me on a tour around Chatham and introduced me to a woman. It was actually primarily for the accent. She introduced me to sort of a contemporary of Miriam that knew Bernie and Miriam, and it was listening to this woman talk that totally opened my eyes to the kind of mindset of that time and the strength being a completely independent woman to be strong. There can be a strength in your instinct and a standing by your man and that is, that doesn’t mean that you’re any less strong or self-confident as long as you know that is right then that is right for you. So I guess the two only just kind of marry together when I went on that kind of trip to Chatham and sort of the whole location and the place started to make sense.

Geeks of Doom: Was it intimidating to be pretty much the only central female character in this man’s world?

Holliday Grainger: I mean you’re always the central female character in a man’s world it feels like. So it’s well practiced, well known. It was slightly intimidating the first day only because I had literally flown overnight from a job in Wales actually that I was shooting. So I had arrived on set quite jet lagged, slightly terrified about the accent and everyone had been working with the guys for like two months and so as soon as I walked on site I did feel like I was like a museum piece. It was like everyone all eyes on me. Like here’s a woman, there’s a girl, she’s got lipstick. She’s in heels and a dress, what is this? And so that was slightly scary, but Craig was just so lovely and really, I mean immediately it was just oh this is play time, we can try it in lots of different ways, you know, so that kind of took away any kind of intimidation.

Geeks of Doom: Was the accent the most difficult part of the film for you?

Holliday Grainger: Oh god, first day I was shaking in makeup trying to – knowing that cause I find it quite difficult. Because usually if I go into an accent most British or most like American accents I’ve done before, general American, I’ve done Texas and I’m very used to listening to them. But I had not previously ever listened to a Boston accent unless it’s like a Southie accent in movies about gangsters and so I spent most of my time trying to tune my ear into the accent before I could even start working on it which I’ve never had to do before. So there was a lot more practice and it didn’t come as naturally to me as most accents always kind of have. Um, so it was just a lot of like listen and repeat and we had a great voice coach Wendy Overly who kind of really helped me hone in on like certain sounds that were maybe sticking out. So it was just like listen and repeat of sentences and lots of vocal work. I mean I feel so sorry for my drivers because I mean and my boyfriend and my mom and anyone that was around me in the months before that because I was just, yeah, I was just repeating the same passage.

Geeks of Doom: So what was it like to work with Disney studios again following your role in last year’s Cinderella?

Holliday Grainger: Oh it was totally different. I mean it’s a totally different experience from Cinderella. You can’t compare the two. I can’t even imagine it’s the same studio. But I guess the only similarities is the scale of the movies were so big and so therefore it’s like you get a lot more time to play with things and just the scale of the shoot is amazing. It’s like I loved working around the Cinderella sets and watching them develop. And it’s the same on this. It’s like having a tour with the studio. It’s so exciting to be part of when you’re watching someone make a ship inside a warehouse and all of a sudden you’re believing that and you’re watching people walk up and down it. It’s huge.

Geeks of Doom: Did you get a chance to talk to any of the real-life characters of the film?

Holliday Grainger: Both Miriam and Bernie have sadly passed now, but their daughter Patty – I don’t think has seen it yet. She’s coming to the premiere I think, so. But she’s seen the trailer. She’s very – she’s quite excited about it I think. So I’ll see. I will see what she thinks. I’ll be slightly nervous at the premiere actually to like, to know what her response is going to be.

Geeks of Doom: So what was it like to film in the cold without that thick jacket your character wore?

Holliday Grainger: Cold. I guess, I mean filming for me, I’m always cold. I just think I started my career in like on the Yorkshire Moors forever and a day so I kind of like I guess I’m used to being cold on a film set, but this was something else. I mean this is like the night time scenes. We shot a lot at dusk particularly kind of when she’s walking up and down the road in her dress where apparently I didn’t look cold enough. Like, one of the shots got taken out of the movie because I didn’t look cold enough. Some of the focus groups said she doesn’t look that cold in that shot so they took it out. I was freezing!! I mean I’m so used to like going shoulders down, can’t look cold, but no it was quite hard because it was very cold, it was very long hours as well. I’m not used to American hours which back home we don’t really have a strict turnaround. It’s more about kind of the working day whereas here the rules are about the turnaround, but once you’re at work you could be there forever. So it did get really cold, but we, believe it or not – I mean you think that dress is pretty slim fitting, but I managed to squeeze a lot of layers underneath it. I was prepared to watch the movie and see me looking like the Michelin Man because I had squeezed so many layers in it. In fact, I think by the second day of nighttime shooting it was so cold the night before and I had like a huddle of my hair and makeup artists and someone had got me a heater. And so in between each shot, I’d have to run back to the huddle to kind of try and warm up. So by day two, and I think the guys had this as well, like after a month of shooting for them, someone had located like they were like military grade heated vests so that believe it or not I had like a thick layer of heated vest of wires going around. It was like a dangling switch in between my legs so I could alter the temperature.


  admin   —     January 27, 2016

On Tuesday (25) was held the premiere of ‘The Finest Hours‘ in Los Angeles. Holly wore an Elie Saab dress and posed next to co-stars Rachel Brosnahan, Eric Bana and Chris Pine. More than 160 high-quality pictures are available in our gallery:

  admin   —     January 27, 2016

I recently went to a screening of the latest Disney film, ‘The Finest Hours’ which chronicles the true story of the most courageous small boat rescue in Coast Guard history. In February of 1952, one of the worst storms to ever hit the East Coast struck New England, damaging an oil tanker off the coast of Cape Cod and literally ripping it in half. On a small lifeboat faced with frigid temperatures and 70-foot high waves, four members of the Coast Guard set out to rescue the more than 30 stranded sailors trapped aboard the rapidly sinking vessel.

Happily, I also got to interview the four principals in the cast, Casey Affleck, Chris Pine, Ben Foster, and Holliday Grainger, as well as director Craig Gillespie.

First of all, let me tell you about Holliday Grainger, who plays Miriam in the film. She is an absolute wonder. Although she is from Manchester, England, she rocks a Boston accent like no other. Here’s what she had to say about being the central female character in what is very much a man’s world:

HOLLIDAY GRAINGER:  “It was slightly intimidating the first day only because I had literally flown overnight from a job in Wales actually that I was shooting.  So I had arrived on set quite jet lagged, slightly terrified about the accent and everyone had been working with the guys for like two months and so as soon as I walked on site I did feel like I was like a museum piece. Everyone was all eyes on me.  Like here’s a woman, there’s a girl, she’s got lipstick.  She’s like – she’s in heels and a dress, what is this? *laughs* 

So that was slightly scary. But Craig was just so lovely and really, I mean immediately it was just we can try it in lots of different ways, you know, so that kind of took away any kind of intimidation.”


  admin   —     January 26, 2016

HOLLYWOOD—Holliday Grainger was destined for a career in show business. Her parents named her after legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday, adding an extra “l” for flourish.

“My parents were on the way to the registry office, and realized they had to come up with a name,” the British born actress recounts. “It was going to be Billie or Mollie. They were like, ‘Mollie sounds like Holliday, so let’s go with Holliday.’”

Holliday Grainger Shores Up Waiting Fiancee Role in ‘Finest Hours’

Grainger got her start early, but it was in acting, rather than singing, that she has made her mark. At age six, she was cast in a BBC comedy drama “All Quiet on the Preston Front.” Other roles followed, but she didn’t get an agent until she was 12. The hazel-eyed beauty has a classic beauty, reminiscent of legendary Hollywood actress Gene Tierney. Her classic look and remarkable acting skills have landed her roles in several notable productions, most notably Lucrezia Borgia in the acclaimed Showtime series “The Borgias.” She also appeared in Mike Newell’s adaptation of “Great Expectations.” More recently, she played one of the vain stepsisters in Kenneth Branagh’s “Cinderella.”
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  admin   —     January 25, 2016

The “Borgias” and “Bonnie and Clyde” actress heads to the past again, this time in 1950s Massachusetts with “The Finest Hours.”

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“The Finest Hours” concerns the spectacle of two oil tankers being pummeled by one serious nor’easter. Actor Holliday Grainger wasn’t part of that. She plays Miriam, the fiancee of Chris Pine’s Bernard, who drives the rescue lifeboat into hundred foot waves to save the crews. She didn’t arrive till the end of production.

“My first day they’d been shooting with the guys for months,” Grainger tells us. “When I arrived everyone was staring at me — like, ‘Oh my god, it’s a girl!’ There was this totally different creature in their midst.”

Nevertheless, the 27-year-old English actress — best known for the Showtime drama “The Borgias,” the TV miniseries “Bonnie and Clyde” (as the former) and last year’s “Cinderella,” in which she played one of the wicked stepsisters —  wasn’t simply The Girl. Based on a real event that happened off of Cape Cod in 1952, the film posits Miriam as headstrong. She’s the one who proposes to Bernard, not the other way around, which even today is often seen as a no-no.

“I don’t just think she’s strong for the period,” explains the actress. “Even nowadays she would be quite remarkable.” She spends part of the film storming into the Coast Guard office, demanding her man’s boss (Eric Bana) bring them home. “I don’t think doing that is a question for her. It’s not that she’s particularly brave. It just feels right. She goes with her gut rather than just being brave for the era.”

Speaking of which, Grainger has been largely doing films and TV shows set in the past over the last several years. That, she says, has just been coincidental. “It’s not something I actively look for,” she explains. She does point out that they’ve each been different periods and from all over the world, which keeps things fresh. And for her doing period is still relatively new.

“I started acting when I was very young,” she says. “Fifteen years of my career I was doing contemporary stuff. Period has just been the chunk of my career people have heard of. To me it still feels like a blip.”

Sometimes period work tied in nicely with her education. She studied English literature at the University of Leeds, reading the likes of “Anna Karenina,” “Jane Eyre” and “Great Expectations,” then finding herself in movie versions of each.
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  admin   —     January 22, 2016