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An Interview with Brigitte Millar, Star of Nox

by Mike Haberfelner

May 2019

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Nox is about two burglars, Peter and Claire, who are breaking into the villa of a Senator on election night. As the story unfolds, it transpires that Claire is not only a professional burglar, but also a contract killer, or is she? Perhaps she is merely the personal assistant to the Senator?


My character has two sides to her personality, on the one hand she is a burglar and professional hit woman, on the other she is the diplomatic, kind, well organised and often put upon personal assistant to the Senator, who finds himself in a tricky and difficult situation with his wife. Claire now has to decide what her next step is.


What did you draw upon to bring your character to life, and how much Brigitte Millar can we actually find in Claire? 


In order to prepare for the role, I was actually looking for inspiration to Glenn Close in Damages and Judi Dench in James Bond. These two actresses are formidable and embody for me power, intellect and determination. I think I also possess these qualities and wanted to bring that to the character. It's important to bring yourself to the role in order to fully embody it.


How did you get involved with the project in the first place?


I met director Keyvan Sheikhalishahi [Keyvan Sheikhalishahi interview - click here] a couple of years ago in London to discuss another project. We discovered that we both have a love and passion for intelligent, tense and tightly scripted thrillers in the Hitchcock style and wanted to work together. When he sent me the script and asked me, if I wanted to play Claire, I was so intrigued by the story that I immediately agreed.


What can you tell us about your director Keyvan Sheikhalishahi, and what was your collaboration like?


I love working with Keyvan, because he is so talented, creative and easy to work with. We actually worked on the scenes prior to filming and explored different approaches. It's great that Keyvan has firm ideas about what he wants, but he also gives me freedom to explore other avenues, which I love. Also, I am one of those actors, who likes to be on set before everybody else to familiarise myself with the props and the set and get a feel for the atmosphere. Keyvan really understood that and let me come on set before anyone else arrived, so I was able to bring the intensity of the character to the scene.


Do talk about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?


I had a wonderful time on set and really enjoyed working with Keyvan, my fellow actors and the crew. I was completely blown away by the professionalism and expertise of everybody involved, it was very much like being on a big budget movie set. Everybody was an expert in their field and I think that shows in the final product.


Any future projects you'd like to share?


I have a couple of projects in the pipeline, but had to sign a non disclosure agreement, so unfortunately can't talk about it.


What got you into acting in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?


After my A-levels I wanted to study fine art and become a painter, but my parents objected as they were worried that I would follow in the footsteps of my ancestor, the painter Emil Nolde, who during his lifetime was a struggling artist. However, when I was made redundant from my boring daytime job, my brother advised me to use this opportunity to pursue an artistic career. I started going to acting classes and put myself through drama college - and the rest as they say is history J


What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Nox?


My first job after drama collge was Emmeline Vance in Harry Potter, and I think it set me up for all the other roles that followed. I did quite a few independent feature films and and learned a lot on set, which really prepared me for my role in Spectre.


Having worked on big budget as well as independent movies, where are the main differences between these two "worlds"?


I think the main differences are in the financing, marketing and promoting of the big budget movies, and of course that is an undeniable advantage. However, working on an independent movie can also have its advantages for an actor, because often you have a lot of creative freedom. Having said that I have been very lucky in my career as I have always had so much creative freedom in all my roles. Sam Mendes for example gave me only one note during my time on set of Spectre and for the most part he let me bring my own ideas to the role of Dr. Vogel. But I really enjoy working on both big budget movies as well as independent movies.


How would you describe yourself as an actress, and some of your techniques to bring your characters to life?


I think I am what they call a 'character actress', and I love playing strong, intellectual and powerful women, who struggle to decide between good and evil, and who have neurotic or slightly psychotc tendencies that are hidden underneath. But recently I auditioned for a comedic role and really enjoyed it. So I would love to play a comedic character, if it was offered to me.


Actresses (and indeed actors) who inspire you?


There are too many to mention them al , but I am a huge fan of Glenn Close and Judy Dench, they have such a screen presence and power and make it look so easy. I also love Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, they are icons, and I'm sure it would be a real eye opener for me to work with them.


Your favourite movies?


Anything by Hitchcock, his films are so well written, shot, lit and directed, it keeps you on the edge of your seat. I am also a huge vampire movie fan and love the Twilight saga, because I like the storyline and the way the films are shot, a lot of stillness and very atmospheric... also, I am a bit of a sucker for romance... J 

If I really want to scare myself, I watch the Alien movies, which are phenomenally well made and always make me look under my bed, before I go to sleep ... J


... and of course, films your really deplore?


I know there is an audience for all genres, and that's totally ok. But I don't like violence for violence's sake. I prefer the supense and tension in a well written thriller that keeps me guessing and biting my nails.


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Thanks for the interview!


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