Based on the book Hank Williams: The Biography, I Saw The Light centers on the aforementioned singer-songwriter (Tom Hiddleston) who would change the face of country music. Elizabeth Olsen co-stars in the feature as Hank’s wife and muse Audrey Williams, a strong-spirited woman who determinedly carved out a music career of her own.
Thanks to their previous work together in the Marvel Universe and their collaboration with I Saw The Light director Marc Abraham, the chemistry between Hank and Audrey, whether grounded in passion or antipathy, is electric. Olsen effectively conveys Audrey’s frustration in being second fiddle in Hank’s personal and professional life, and during this week’s press conference she talked about the creative joy of working a character driven movie (which, by the way, is supported by first rate music).
“For me, it is a breath of fresh air to be on an intimate set and to have momentum,” says Olsen, whose previous credits include Martha Marcy May Marlene and Oldboy. “And to have speed and not wait around and to not be waiting on a trailer for six hours and then you have thirty seconds to save the world in one look, you know? That’s a lot of pressure (laughs)! To me it’s a lot more fun to have a creative argument about how we are blocking or over stepping each other’s lines in a hallway and how we’re going to film that and how we’re going to change it and try something out.”
Click on the media bar to hear Elizabeth Olsen detail the benefits of working in the “moment to moment” feeling behind I Saw The Light (she also breaks down the complexities of and why she loves working on Marvel films).
I Saw The Light, co-starring Cherry Jones as Hank’s dedicated mother Lillie, opens in New York and Los Angeles. To check out our interview with Tom Hiddleston, please go to our sister site Deepest Dream.