“One of the things that emerged from early conversations with Julia Hart was that she had the passion for, and grew up loving, 1970s crime dramas, but she never saw herself, represented in them.”
In the crime drama, I’m Your Woman, directed and co-written by Hart, Rachel Brosnahan puts that right. On the run, after her husband betrays his partners, she’s a mother forced to make a dangerous journey.
“Julia mentioned the movie Thief, the 1981 movie directed by Michael Mann, and said it was a big inspiration and suggested that I watch it,” she explained. “I did and had the exact same feeling. Tuesday Weld plays such a dynamic and interesting woman, and then she disappears as soon as the action begins. I found myself saying, ‘Wait. What? I want to know more about her.’ This movie follows those characters who are rarely centered in the genre, and often relegated to being secondary characters.”
That wasn’t the only place the actress, who also co-produced I’m Your Woman, drew inspiration from. Diane Keaton’s performance in The Godfather had a significant impact on Brosnahan.
“Diane Keaton in the 70s, generally, and certainly in The Godfather was such an inspiration for me as an actor long before this film came round,” she gushed. “She can do no wrong as far as I’m concerned. She is incredible.”
I’m Your Woman will debut in select theaters on Friday, December 4, 2020, before a global launch on Prime Video on Friday, December 11, 2020. While Brosnahan headlines, it was her newborn co-stars that pushed her to turn in such an authentic performance.
“It was definitely challenging. Babies are unprofessional at best,” she laughed. “As much as it was one of the most challenging experiences I have ever had, at the same time, it was incredibly special. Babies don’t know that they’re in a movie. They have not read the script; they are living in the moment and living their lives. They force you to remain honest. What we’re all trying to do is tell a story and occupy these characters to the degree that you can’t tell that we’re acting.”
“Having a baby as a scene partner definitely continued to ground me through the process. Everyone had to remain flexible. We had to improvise and be in every single moment together. It was a really interesting experience. I did catch a few colds along the way from my partner. We shared that too.”
Brosnahan added, “In the end, I’m Your Woman is exactly the movie that it was always meant to be. One of the moments that blows me away is there’s a scene, without giving too much away, where an intruder is in the house. My character, Jean, grabs the baby, Harry, and runs into the closet to try to call for help. The babies were a bit under the weather, and they weren’t feeling