In Allied, Lizzy Caplan plays Bridget Vatan, brother of Max (Brad Pitt), a Canadian pilot working for British intelligence who returns to London from a dangerous mission in Casablanca with a new bride, French resistance fighter (Marion Cotillard).
However, tensions arise when the latter is suspected of being a Nazi spy. Below, Caplan – best known for her lead role in the television series Masters Of Sex – explains why she relished the chance to work on what she sees as a throwback to the Golden Age of Hollywood.
Why did you want to be a part Allied?
Well, it feels like a bit of a no brainer – Robert Zemeckis, I’m like a crazy fan of his. If he asked me to take out his garbage I would agree to it. And then obviously the cast is incredible. I was like, uh, “Yeah, sign me up.”
What is it that makes the movie different?
I think it actually feels like a bit of a throwback. We’re shooting most of this on sound stages, it takes place in the forties… it feels like one of those movies from days past. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever done.
Who do you play and what is she like?
I play Bridget, Brad’s sister. And I am living in London, working in the military as well. And I’m a hot s**t lez!
Who plays your love interest?
My beautiful girlfriend is played by Charlotte Hope. Um, she’s a few years younger than I am, but for some reason, she seems even younger than that, and so I feel a little lecherous - but I kind of like it. And, uh, yeah, we just kiss each other for hours a day.
What do you like about Bridget?
First of all, what they’ve dressed me in. I like that Bridget’s a bit of a bohemian, and even though when you meet her she’s buttoned up and in her uniform, she really is a free spirit. And there’s something about this time in London during World War II, where you would think people would be so frightened and cowering in their homes. But it was quite the opposite. They were really living life to the fullest and having all kinds of wild times. And I get to kind of play both of those things.
What was is it like working with Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard?
Brad is a very, very nice guy, and he brings this kind of quiet confidence to the role that’s really impressive. My first day shooting, uh, we shot the wedding party scene. And he, Brad picks Marion up, puts her down, kisses her as we’re throwing confetti on both of them, and I caught a glimpse of the two of them in the monitor of the camera. And it was like “Oh, oh right, those are proper movie stars.” They’re amazing. Watching them has been a very interesting learning experience for me.
Talk us through on what it’s like being on a Robert Zemeckis set.
Being on a Robert Zemeckis set is actually way more relaxed than I thought it would be. I’m not sure really what I assumed it would be like, but everybody is really mellow, laid back. We finish the day at a reasonable hour; he’s very prepared.I guess it’s one of the perks of working for somebody who’s been doing it for so long. He creates an atmosphere on, on the set that is exactly by design to get us out of here early and keep everybody happy.
Are you a fan of spy movies?
I love spy movies and it’s been a while since I’ve seen a really memorable sweeping romance, especially set in this world. So I’m very excited about all of that. I think audiences in general are intrigued by intrigue. I think people like to to keep themselves guessing when they go to the movies instead of just sitting down and, and being treated like dummies by the movie they’re watching.