Kim Bubbs has been working hard at acting for a long time, appearing in many, many films and television shows. Being from Canada originally, she has had the advantage of working in both English and French productions. And now, she is about to go from “actress” to “star actress”. Why? Because this year she will be in two heavily-watched films, an adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road” and the prequel to John Carpenter’s “The Thing”.
Kim called me in July 2011 and we talked about her latest projects…
GS: In “On the Road” (2011), you play Laura. Who is Laura?
KB: Laura is Sal’s one true gal after driving across the country, looking for love in all the wrong places. Laura is the woman he wants to settle down with and change his life.
GS: What sort of experiences did you or your character get to take part in during the course of the shooting?
KB: My character is the good girl, she’s the girl you bring home to Mom. She’s the girl who believes in Sal and just wants to have an honest future with him. She’s not the bohemian kind of, darker, adventurous girl he likes in the rest of the film. She’s more stable. I mean, she’s fun-loving, but she symbolizes a change and true love. [Gavin notes: The character of Laura is based on Joan Haverty. Joan and Jack Kerouac met, were married two weeks later, and their marriage lasted eight months. In the meantime, she became pregnant. Nine months later, already divorced, she gave birth to Jan Kerouac. So, regardless of how the book or movie may play out, don’t be fooled — Laura cannot tame Sal Paradise.]
GS: Were you familiar with the Kerouac novel?
KB: Yes, absolutely. It’s a classic. What’s really interesting, too, is that his parents were French-Canadian, so it was a lot of fun working with actors who speak French. It was fun throwing in French expressions from Quebec, especially with Sam Riley (who plays Sal), who is English.
GS: Did being familiar with the novel help you bring your character to life more than just reading the script would have?
KB: Yeah. I mean, it’s an excellent script. It really is, it’s very well-written. But yeah, it always gives you more in-depth information about what the writer originally intended. A script is an adaptation and can’t include everything that was in the book. So it definitely helped.
GS: So, you play the boring character…
GS: I’m sorry, but it’s true. Did you get any time on set with the big names associated with the film — Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Amy Adams, Steve Buscemi?
KB: I spent lots of time with Garrett Hedlund (who plays Dean Moriarty) and Sam Riley. They were amazing, they were a lot of fun. Generous, down to Earth. A lot of time we were freezing our butts off outside. We were supposed to be in New York, but we were in Montreal. It was maybe 12 degrees outside and I was wearing a strapless dress for one of the scenes. The crew and director (Walter Salles) were wearing snow pants and covered from head to toe. Sam Riley was very nice to me, offering his jacket.
GS: Any last words for this film?
KB: I’m really excited about “On the Road”! We had a fabulous director, Walter Salles. I think it’s going to be big and I’m proud to be a part of it.
You can read the rest of the interview here!
Thanks to Elle from Garrett Minds! 🙂