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Miranda Cosgrove Talks '3022'

27 Nov, 2019    added by : Erica Corbin








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The sci-fi thriller 3022 stars Omar Epps, Kate Walsh, Angus Macfadyen, and Miranda Cosgrove, as a group of astronauts on a 10-year space mission. Their space vessel serves as a connection between Earth and the newly-built colony, Europa, located on Jupiter’s third moon, established to ensure the survival of the human race.

Unfortunately, just as the group’s mental, emotional, and physical health begins to deteriorate, disaster strikes: Earth, and presumably all its inhabitants, are wiped out. The four-man team is now trapped in space and faced with one daunting question: Even if they can survive, is there any point?

ScreenPicks spoke to Cosgrove about her character, astronaut Lisa Brown, and what it was like to join her very first space crew.

ScreenPicks: How did you first become involved with the project?

Cosgrove: Well, since the main cast is so small – it’s really just four people for most of the movie – I think the director already had the other three actors in mind for a while. And then I read the script, and I just kept thinking about the overall idea: How would you feel if the earth didn’t exist? I guess I’d thought before about what it would be like if the earth ended, but I had never thought about being on a spacecraft and knowing the earth ended and you were alive – knowing that all your friends and family were gone but you were still there. So, I thought about it a lot after I read it and it kept coming back to my mind. Then, I met up with the director, John [Suits], and we talked for a couple of hours about it. It was that main idea that drew him to it as well and he’d had the script for a few years. So, yeah, we ended up talking about it, and we hit it off, and I ended up getting to be a part of it.

ScreenPicks: Is this your first venture into Sci-fi drama, and did it inspire you to do more projects like this?

Cosgrove: I thought it was fun to do something dramatic, and it is definitely the first thing I’ve ever done that would fall under “Sci-fi.” It was a lot of new experiences for me because normally I do comedy, and I’ve pretty much always done comedy since I was little. It’s kind of always been about making people laugh and usually there’s a live audience. So, this was totally different, doing an independent film and having it be set in space and a dark subject matter. I enjoy doing something different than I’ve done before. I think it’s fun to try new things and this was definitely new for me.

ScreenPicks: What was it like working with such a solid cast?

Cosgrove: It was really great. From the first time I met with the three of them and we did the first table read, I just had a great time getting to work with them. Even on set in a lot of the scenes I wasn’t in, I had a good time because I’d be there during the day and I’d watch. It was sort of like watching a play, watching Omar and Kate. A lot of their scenes together are pretty long, and it was really interesting just to watch them work because they really get into their characters 100%. I really admire both of them.

ScreenPicks: We get a little bit of insight into Kate Walsh’s character, but we don’t get to much background into everyone else. Did you build a backstory for your character and why she was there, or did you just sort of take what was on the page and run with it?

Cosgrove: I spoke with the director, John, a lot about what he saw for the character – why he thought the character was there. And I’m mostly the tech person on the spacecraft. The idea was that they brought along a younger person because I was really good at tech but also because being on a spacecraft for 10 years before coming home would just be about keeping your mental health stable, … [and] having a younger person on board, usually younger people have a more hopeful outlook on life. I sort of had in my mind that I had parents on Earth, my mom and dad, and like every character, [I’m] giving up a lot by leaving everything behind.

ScreenPicks: The film shows the health side effects, mentally and physically, of venturing into space for a prolonged period. It reminded me of astronaut Scott Kelly’s book “Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery.” He touches on something interesting in that book which is the personal items he took with him to kind of keep him grounded and sane. According to NASA, astronauts can take about 1.5 pounds of items with them on a space journey. If it was you, what do you think you’d bring?

Cosgrove: This is ridiculous because you obviously can’t bring an animal, but I was immediately thinking – my dog weighs like six pounds – I wish he was 1.5 pounds because I think having a dog there makes everything better. Back on Earth, my dog makes everything better! Even if I have a bad day my dog makes me feel happy. But, okay, let me think what I would bring … 1.5 pounds … I’d bring pictures for sure. Sometimes when you look at a picture where you’re happy, it reminds you of being there and actually makes you feel happy. So, I’d definitely bring pictures of people I love and care about. And then, I have a charm bracelet from my childhood that when I was little, I’d always add charms to and my dad on my birthday would always get me a new charm. So, I’d probably bring that with me just because it has a lot of good memories.

ScreenPicks: Lastly, without giving too much away, you had to do a very intense scene. What was it like preparing and performing that?

Cosgrove: It was definitely different for me. I watched a lot of videos of real people having seizures. I’d never really seen someone have a seizure before and it’s really an intense, scary moment seeing someone have them. And it was crazy, in some of the videos I watched, there were people that have seizures quite a bit and everyone around them is so calm about it and knows how to handle it. So just seeing that was scary but interesting. So, I tried to do it as realistically as possible. All the actors were really great, too. They helped a lot. In the moment, with everyone reacting like it’s real, it helps you get into it.

And, obviously, when people watch the film, it’s not funny at all, but being on set … behind the scenes, when people are running up and putting red stuff in your ears and stuff for foam to come out of your mouth, it seems a little surreal!

If you’re prepared to say goodbye to humanity, “3022” is out in theaters and available on Digital and On Demand now!

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