Best Known for: Her Oscar-nominated role opposite George Clooney in Up in the Air.
Latest Project: 50/50, also starring Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. She plays Katherine, a therapist- in-training and romantic interest to Gordon-Levitt’s character, who is battling cancer.
On Her Dramatic Youth: I started acting in community theater when I was five. Now [acting] is how I learn about myself and other people.
On Katherine's Appeal in 50/50: I really like that she’s vulnerable and unsure of herself and just doing her best. She’s very earnest.
On Her Similarities to Katherine: I’m pretty awkward, so we’re similar in that regard.
On Being on Set With Clooney vs. Rogen: They’re both goofy. I’d say George is more childlike than Seth, but both are encouraging, supportive and they definitely don’t bulls--t you.
On Her Favorite Role So Far: I really loved Ginny Ryerson in RocketScience—she was pretty badass.
On Life in LA: I completely love what a great film community LA is. I take it for granted and then I visit my hometown [of Portland], and I don’t understand why some Korean slasher movie isn’t playing at the local cinema or there’s no [Ingmar] Bergman retrospective.
On the Actress She Most Admires: I look at someone like Patricia Clarkson and think if I could one day be half as great as she consistently is, it would be my dream.
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