With bones and all Now in theaters, audiences finally get a chance to meet the complicated protagonist at the heart of the film, Maren (Taylor Russell). Based on the book of the same name, bones and all follows Maren on a cross-country trip in search of her mother and answers about an unnatural hunger she can’t control. Maren is a cannibal and she is not alone. While traveling, she meets other “Eaters”, including her love interest, Lee (Timothée Chalamet).
Although ostensibly about cannibals, bones and all it’s primarily a love story, a road trip movie, and a coming-of-age tale. Maren is a cannibal, but the film and Russell focus on Maren’s humanity, as well as what it’s like for her to live on the fringes of society. CBR had the opportunity to speak with Russell about bringing Maren to life and the process of her collaboration with the director, Luca Guadagnino.
CBR: What drew you to a movie like bones and all first?
Taylor Russell: Luke [Guadagnino] – asked for a meeting with me, and I counted my lucky stars, and they didn’t really convince me of my ending or drawing. They were Luca and Luca all day.
What really attracted you to the collaboration process with Luca? How was that during production?
He was open and exploratory. There was a lot of communication, love and acceptance, and I felt very much a part of the family from the beginning. You had a great experience from start to finish.
It is good to hear. I would love to know a little more about your character, Maren. What was it that attracted you the most to this character?
I love that this story is about people who are on the margins of society, and she’s someone who’s on the outside in every aspect of her life and she’s trying to figure out if she can live with who she is and what’s the most sustainable and self-righteous – self-righteous way not being from a high horse’s point of view – but really, truly sustainable is probably the most accurate word for how he can live and operate with who he is.
Maren is such a complex character. What were some of the biggest challenges she faced in developing it?
I think there weren’t necessarily challenges while I was developing it because it was almost six months old. I had a lot of time, and I felt it was important to have enough space, enough quiet to not try to rush to fill any kind of void, but to rush into the discomfort and know that that’s where the metaphorical embrace will eventually come. stay with her. All the challenges that came up were things during the day’s shoot, just challenges of being on set and the environment. I love her. I wouldn’t say she gave me crazy challenges, necessarily.
In short, a key part of this movie is the relationship between Maren and Lee. What were you most excited to discover about this dynamic between the two characters?
Just a representation of being able to find a family and a home and someone not related to you who doesn’t really owe you anything, but you guys can create a space of sacred acceptance and love. I think it’s very hopeful. That definitely gives me a lot of hope in my life.
Bones and All opens in theaters on November 23.