Oct 29, 2015
Dianna Agron is pushing herself into new territory in the dark fantasy, Bare, out Oct. 30. The drama, which first premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, stars the Glee alum as a naive small-town girl in Nevada named Sarah Barton, whose world bursts wide open when she meets the drifter Pepper (Paz de la Huerta). What follows is a journey through illicit drugs, seedy sex clubs, and troubling relationships.
“Nothing I’ve done since my time on Glee has been the same,” the 29-year-old actress told InStyle recently. “It’s important that I continue to challenge myself.” And that’s just what she did with this character. “I wanted to play a girl at a crossroads about to have a spiritual awakening. She is someone who is letting those around her make her choices for her, and isn’t taking charge of her own destiny. I wanted to show that life doesn’t just happen to you. At any given point, you have choices, and you have to decide what to do about them.”
Part of her character’s journey involves becoming romantically involved with Pepper. You will see them escaping for wild nights out together, cuddling, and kissing throughout the film. Their believable intimacy was due, in large part, to their contrasting energies. “Pepper is headstrong, brazen at all times, full of passion,” recalled Agron. “In order for me to play the submissive, I needed someone [like Paz] with that energy. And luckily that’s what we had together.”
Their romance culminates in a desert sex scene after the two characters take psychedelics and spend the day high, roaming the abyss. Agron said it was freezing when the scene was shot. And she was nude. “This was not my first sex scene on camera, but it was my first with a woman,” she said. “No matter who it is, a sex scene is never an easy thing to do. But there is a trust in your scene partner, and a dedication to giving the moment integrity. Before you know it, it’s over, and you’ve forgotten everything you’ve just done. Actors all say the same thing, but that’s because it’s true. Sex scenes are just awkward.”
Oct 29, 2015
“Next year I’ll be 30 and I couldn’t be happier. I’m very proud of the woman I’ve become.” We love to hear that from Dianna Agron, especially when discussing her latest film Bare.It’s perhaps her bravest role yet, taking on stripping, her first nude scene, and the sexual and existential liberation of a young girl in Nevada. It’s the desert, drugs, Paz de le Huerta, and a totally trippy adventure of a film. In the film directed by newcomer Natalia Leite, Agron plays Sarah, a woman stuck working at a supermarket, still living at home, and dating a guy she doesn’t even like. When wanderer Pepper (Huerta) crashes on her couch, appearing out of nowhere, they begin a friendship. Pepper’s motives are elusive and she’s clearly a bad influence, giving Sarah drugs and eventually helping her land a job at the local strip club. As dangerous as Pepper may seem, Sarah becomes attracted to her freedom, both sexually and emotionally. As Sarah moves farther away from her tedious past, she will deal with how her decisions affect her future. We recently spoke to Agron about making the move into such risky, new territory, her own rebellion growing up, and her views on the fluidity of sexuality.
This film really launches you into new territory as an actress. Were you at a placewhere you were ready to break free a bit?
I guess I have always been ready for different roles and challenges, but they come at different times, some when you’re ready and some when you’re not. I read Bare a year before I signed on. When I first read it, I didn’t engage because they wanted me for Sarah. If anything, I wanted to play Pepper, play against the innocent look that I can tend to have and use some of my past experiences to fuel the role. I never spoke with Natalia and it wasn’t until a year later when it came back around, due to scheduling conflicts with another actress, that I had a new perspective. I came to the conclusion that playing Sarah could be an homage to the time where I, too, was at a crossroads and even though it was over 10 years ago, I could access that with the right actress opposite me.
Aug 1, 2014
So what’s next for this busy bee? She’ll be playing the lead role of Sarah Burton in Bare, which is the story of a young girl (Sarah) living in a small desert town in Nevada who becomes romantically involved with a female drifter who leads her into a life of drugs, stripping, and psychedelic spiritual experiences. The role of the drifter is slated to be played by Boardwalk Empire’s Paz de la Huerta.
The film also stars Imogen Poots, Chris Zylka, Rachel Korine and Riley Keough. Yes, Elvis’ granddaughter. Written and helmed by first-time movie director, Natalia Leite, Bare is scheduled to start shooting in Albuquerque and Moriarty, New Mexico any day now and is expected to wrap in mid-August.