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“I’m not really interested in playing ‘the girl,’” says ingénue Emily Browning, even though her latest film, a musical, is titled “God Help the Girl.” “I also don’t like the idea of repeating myself, even though I think my characters have been institutionalized in seven films I’ve done,” she says. “I’m kind of OK with that because I think it’s an interesting thing to explore.”
PROVENANCE: Melbourne, Australia
BIG BREAK: A featured role in “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” led to leads in big-budget fare like “Sucker Punch” and Cannes Film Festival art-house entry “Sleeping Beauty.”
SUNDANCE BUZZ: Her character Eve, lead singer-songwriter in a fledgling band, has an angelic voice but is far from perfect. “There is so much emphasis, particularly for women, for their characters to be likeable and charming. I think that’s rubbish, because I’d much rather portray a real girl with real issues,” Browning says. “Even though Eve has moments when she is vulnerable and likeable, she is also self-absorbed and moody.”
UP NEXT: “Summer in February,” a literary love triangle, is in theaters now; the epic “Pompeii” comes in February, and she’s about to start “Shangri-La Sweep” with Luke Grimes, in which they play young lovers in the Seventies who drive cross-country to assassinate Elvis Presley.
— MARCY MEDINA