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Interview: Margaret Qualley and Geraldine Viswanathan on 'Drive-Away Dolls'.

Interview: Margaret Qualley and Geraldine Viswanathan on 'Drive-Away Dolls'.

It's true that opposites attract, and in Ethan Coen and Tricia Cooke's new comedy caper, 'Drive-Away Dolls' (the first instalment of their planned B-movie lesbian trilogy), Margaret Qualley plays the free-spirited Jamie, opposite Geraldine Viswanathan's tightly wound Marian.

Qualley says: "Jamie’s the kind of person where if you need her to do X, Y, and Z - she's there. She is absolutely in for the hang, no matter what the hang is. Jamie is sex-positive. She's kind of like a puppy. She's ready to love and I think she’s pretty sincere and a good, sweet person."

And Viswanathan adds: "Marian knows herself and she knows what she's comfortable with. She has a big, bruised heart. She knows she needs to push out of her comfort zone and I think she wants to do that, but on her own time. She’s true to herself, which I think is admirable."

Directed by Coen, an impromptu road trip to Tallahassee quickly derails into complete anarchy in 'Drive-Away Dolls' - with memorable appearances from Pedro Pascal, Miley Cyrus, and Matt Damon, as well as a supporting cast that includes Beanie Feldstein and Colman Domingo.

Coup De Main recently spoke to Margaret Qualley and Geraldine Viswanathan about their hilarious new film...

COUP DE MAIN: Happy Valentine's Day! I'm honoured that you both chose to spend today with me.
MARGARET QUALLEY:
Happy Valentine's Day!
CDM: The original date for this interview was going to be on Galentine's Day in New Zealand time, which I think might have been more fitting, but I think today is still timely.
MARGARET:
When is Galentine's Day?
GERALDINE VISWANATHAN: I thought Galentine's Day was the same!
CDM: It's the day before Valentine's - for your gals!
MARGARET:
I thought that was specific to New Zealand - maybe that's a New Zealand thing!
CDM: It's originally from 'Parks and Recreation'.
MARGARET & GERALDINE:
Ohhhhh cute!

CDM: Congrats on 'Drive-Away Dolls'! I loved it! And how sex positive it is, but all from a female gaze.
GERALDINE:
Thank you - yeah it is! <laughs>

CDM: The phrase "love is a sleigh ride" is repeated as a motif throughout the film. How would each of you define love?
GERALDINE:
Oh, good question. How do you describe love?
MARGARET: That's like a huge undertaking.
GERALDINE: That's a big ole question and I don't know.
MARGARET: Love!
GERALDINE: It's all around us. It's right here. Don't have to think about it too much. We're poets.
MARGARET: We're not writers. <laughs>

CDM: What's the most romantic thing you've ever done for someone else?
GERALDINE:
I took a pretty serious flight to go see someone.
MARGARET: You took a plane?
GERALDINE: Yeah, but like it was out of the way.
MARGARET: You went out on a limb.
GERALDINE: To Japan to go see them for the weekend.
MARGARET: Also, saying Japan that really adds like a level to romantic.
GERALDINE: I was trying, which is rare.
MARGARET: How did it go?
GERALDINE: Yeah, good. Didn't work out, but yeah it was nice.
MARGARET: The trip was alright?
GERALDINE: Yes. Love it there.

CDM: If you both were to embark on a road trip together, what songs would you put on your joint playlist?
GERALDINE:
'Crank That (Soulja Boy)'?
MARGARET: Yeah! I've been in a real country [mood] so I've been listening to a lot of Lainey Wilson.
GERALDINE: Fun! 'Wide Open Spaces'?
MARGARET: Yeah, I've been in that world.
GERALDINE: Maybe some Dolly [Parton]?
MARGARET: Yeah. Dolly could be great. Well, Miley [Cyrus]?
GERALDINE: Miley for sure.
MARGARET: She's in the movie, of course, and we both were talking about how much we love the song, 'It's A Climb'.
GERALDINE: 'The Climb'.
MARGARET: No, but I really do love that song.
GERALDINE: Us belting that in the car... we need to do that. That's special.

CDM: Margaret, I loved your choreography in the Bleachers music video for 'Tiny Moves' and was disappointed that you didn't have a big dance number in 'Drive-Away Dolls'...
GERALDINE
: But she kind of did though...
MARGARET: I'm grooving.
GERALDINE: She's moving around. It's not, not coming into play.
MARGARET: Thanks!

CDM: Geraldine, your character Marian says: "People say things but it's not how they feel." I think, also, that sometimes people are more comfortable communicating non-verbally. What do you each think your love language is?
GERALDINE:
Oohhh, beautiful question. I feel like for me, it's words of affirmation. Just constantly tell me.
MARGARET: What are they?
GERALDINE: There's words, gifts, acts of service, and physical touch.
MARGARET: I like time. For me, it's all about time. Just be there, show up, spend time together. That's my favourite thing to do.

CDM: Margaret, you've also been cast in Ethan Coen and Tricia Cooke's second film of their planned B-movie lesbian trilogy alongside Aubrey Plaza and Chris Evans. What can you tell me about 'Honey Don't'?
MARGARET:
I play a detective named Honey. And Honey don't, but Honey do.
GERALDINE: Honey do a little bit. She do!

'Drive-Away Dolls' is out in New Zealand cinemas from February 22nd.

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