By diving headlong into the title role for Flora and Son, Eve Hewson — the daughter of U2 frontman Bono — conquered her fear of singing, the actress said at Deadline’s Contenders Film: Los Angeles in a panel with co-star Joseph Gordon-Levitt and the film’s composer and primary songwriter Gary Clark.
Hewson, who played instruments before she turned to acting, said she jumped at the chance to play Flora in spite of the vocal work that the part would demand because she loved the script and the character — a struggling but very spirited single mother in Dublin trying to make peace with the wayward adolescent son she bore as a teenager. “I just thought, ‘I could not let this person get away from me.
I have to play this part. And I’m just going to have to get over my fear of singing — it’s not something I’ve ever wanted to do — and just go for it,’” she said. “And it’s ended up being such a rewarding experience on many different levels, but [on] almost sort of a psychological-emotional level for me, it’s like I faced my fear and I’ve moved past it and I feel pretty good about it.” RELATED: ‘Flora And Son’ Review: Eve Hewson Breaks Out In John Carney’s Latest In the Apple Original Films release, Flora is at her wits end when she picks up a guitar that she had previously tried to give to son Max (Orén Kinlan), a fan of DJ and hip-hop culture who would rather sling beats on his laptop.
Going online for musical help, Flora hires a burned-out L.A. singer-songwriter, Jeff (Gordon-Levitt), to teach her six-string basics.Read more on deadline.com
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