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Lara Jean Chorostecki Interview
Jamie had the chance to talk with Lara Jean Chorostecki (pronounced “Coros Techie” – like a “chorus techie” – according to Lara Jean herself) about her role on Hannibal and her acting career in general.
Lara Jean, a Canadian actress based out of Toronto, got her start in acting at age 11 playing Wendy in Brampton, Ontario’s Little Theater production of Peter Pan. This was her first proper role, but she actually had fallen in love with acting three years earlier, when at the age of eight when she saw Susan Gilmour play Fantine in Les Misérables. At 17 she had the chance to work with Ms. Gilmour in the Stratford Festival production of Threepenny Opera.
She learned of the role of Freddie Lounds through her agent, and at first was unaware of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s portrayal in the 2002 film adaptation of the Thomas Harris novel, The Red Dragon. She eventually watched the film as she was preparing for a call back with Bryan Fuller and David Slade. Her character on the show was based on Rebekah Brooks, the editor of the British newspaper News of the World during the now infamous phone hacking scandal of 2011. The influence is appropriate; both women proudly possess fiery red curly hair and the tenacity to do whatever it takes to get a news story.
If you enjoyed watching Lara Jean Chorostecki in Hannibal, you can also catch her in as Krystina Breeland in X Company, a CBC (Canadian Broadcast Center) production. X Company is an emotionally-driven character drama, set in the thrilling and dangerous world of WWII espionage and covert operations. It’s set to start its second season. Also coming in 2016 you will be able to see her in the feature film The Masked Saint, a movie about the journey of a professional wrestler who becomes a small town pastor and moonlights as a masked vigilante fighting injustice.