JOJO RABBIT interview with Thomasin McKenzie on playing Elsa, and working with Taika Waititi

JOJO RABBIT interview with Thomasin McKenzie on playing Elsa, and working with Taika Waititi

We already had the pleasure of talking to JOJO RABBIT director Taika Waititi and star Stephen Merchant at this year’s Fantastic Fest, which was an incredibly strong film to open the festival with. It’s set during World War II in Nazi Germany, and tells the story of a young Hitler youth living with his mother, training to be a soldier, and talking to an imaginary friend… who happens to be Adolf Hitler (played by Taika). This boy’s life is turned upside down when he discovers his mother is hiding a young Jewish girl in the walls of their home, and things get more complicated when he develops a sympathetic relationship with her. The movie is off the wall, very funny at times, and very emotional at others, but always seems to know exactly what it’s doing. This past week, I had a chance to sit down with actress Thomasin McKenzie to talk about her role as “Elsa” in the film… and trust me, she is phenomenal. Check out our chat below, and look for my review of JOJO RABBIT on here soon, as it may just be one of the best films of the year. My thanks to Grady May for editing this!

JOJO RABBIT is now playing in select cities, including Dallas, TX

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Born and raised in Dallas, Mark has been a movie critic since 1994, with reviews featured in print, radio and National TV. In 2001 he started the Entertainment section of the Herorealm website, where he contributed film reviews and celebrity interviews until 2004. After three years of service there, he started, which has become one of the Dallas film community's leading information websites. Bigfanboy hosts several movie screenings in the Texas area, and works closely with film and TV studios and promotional partners to host exciting events and contests. The site also features a variety of rare celebrity and filmmaker interviews, and regularly covers the film festival circuit as well. In addition to Hollywood reporting, Mark has worked for many years as an advertising and sci-fi/comic book artist. Clients have included Lucasfilm Ltd., Topps Trading Cards, The Dallas Mavericks and The Dallas Stars. From 2002 until 2015 he managed the Dallas Comic Con, Sci-Fi Expo and Fan Days events in the DFW area. He currently catalogs rare comic books and movie memorabilia for Heritage Auctions, and runs the Dallas Comic Show conventions, but remains an avid moviegoer and cinema buff.