Juno Temple: Talk
BY Jeremy Kinser
January 17 2012 12:14 PM ET
At just 22, British actress Juno Temple has already amassed an eclectic resume filled with notable films such as Notes on a Scandal, Atonement, Kaboom, and The Three Musketeers. She also stars opposite Riley Keough in the lesbian lycanthropic love story Jack and Diane, and this summer will appear in the highly anticipated Batman sequel, The Dark Knight Rises. No wonder she was named as one of 2011’s “Brits to Watch” by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. The daughter of filmmaker Julien Temple (Absolute Beginners) and producer Amanda Pirie, Temple received a privileged upbringing in London, yet insists her parents instilled in her a quest for knowledge. In Abe Sylvia’s Dirty Girl (out today on DVD) Temple sets out on another kind of mission. As the film’s heroine, Danielle, Temple is compelling playing a promiscuous Oklahoma teen who takes a musical fantasy–fueled road trip to California to locate her father with classmate Clarke (out newcomer Jeremy Dozier), a chubby gay loner escaping his abusive dad. Temple tells The Advocate about making the film, its positive message for LGBT teens, and making out with Elvis’s granddaughter Riley Keough in Jack and Diane.
The Advocate: Your parents are famous filmmakers in England and you attended boarding school. Your upbringing couldn’t be more different from your Dirty Girl character Danielle’s. How did you find a way to relate to her?
Juno Temple: When I was in school, I was good at not listening to bullshit. I don’t like gossip. I think it’s unhealthy and it doesn’t help anybody. My best friend and I started the lingerie-as-outerwear trend at our school so I was definitely sometimes an outsider and was teased for my wardrobe choices. What I love about Danielle is she’s a free spirit and a firecracker. She’s sometimes unbelievably outrageous, but I think in a relatable way. She also has a lot of vulnerability and so many layers to her. I related to that.
Director Abe Sylvia, who also wrote the screenplay, says he based your character on someone he knew as a teenager. How did he help you become Danielle?
Abe was so amazing and helpful to me in finding this character. When I decide to do a movie it’s very important that I can trust the director and that he trusts me back. I want to let go and let down my walls. Abe has become family to me. He’s like my big brother. He’s so talented. He transformed me. Danielle’s look is so different from mine. I’d never have the balls to wear those things in real life. Abe had it in his head which shoes I’d wear and which way my bangs would be flipped. I’m really proud of him. I think he’s made such an extraordinary movie.