Anyone who grabs the lion’s share of the critical acclaim in a Tom Hanks movie is doing something right. When you’re a young actress like Helena Zengel, that’s doubly the case. Earlier this week, I spoke to Zengel on the phone about her work in the film News of the World. That happened a few days prior to her grabbing nominations from the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild. Citations from the Globes and SAG have her on a collision course with an Academy Award nod in Best Supporting Actress. Regardless of if an Oscar nom occurs or not, Zengel is here to stay as an exciting young actress.
Below, you can hear my conversation with Helena Zengel. We spoke plenty about News of the World, including what spoke to her about the script, prep work, acting opposite Hanks, and more. She was lovely, and couldn’t have been sweeter. You can just tell the enthusiasm in her voice, showcasing the love she has for the craft. At the same time, you hear how she’s just a kid, even if she’s mature for her age. All of this made her a pleasure to interview. Again, this chat happened right before her Golden Globe and SAG nominations, which boosted her Supporting Actress chances substantially. Stay tuned to see if she gets nominated, but the odds are definitely in her favor now…
Here’s my interview with Zengel. Enjoy:
News of the World is available to watch now!