Love Is Blind centers on Bess (Shannon Tarbet), a 24-year-old who is suffering from “selective perception,” a condition that makes her unable to see her own Carolyn (Chloe Sevigny). Although a suicidal construction worker named Russell (Aidan Turner) becomes smitten with her, she is also unable to acknowledge his presence.
Although the plot may seem far-fetched, co-director Monty Whitebloom has crafted a nuanced tale of how one tries to find a sliver of hope even if tragedies literally and figuratively impedes our own vision. Both Tarbet and Turner deliver charismatic performances in the role, and Whitebloom discussed what makes Turner such a unique actor.
“He is completely like any role he plays,” said Whitebloom. “He’s actually like a great mate, someone you’d like to hang with in the pub. When he’s actor he translates into these characters and literally inhabits them. He has a star quality – you can’t deny it the camera loves him. He has a sense of power of strength yet there is a real naivete and charm to him. He’s charming and boyish and really great company but not full of himself. There is a fragility to him.”
Click on the media bar to hear Whitebloom talk about the why he wanted to bring a “significant edge” to the storytelling behind Love Is Blind:
Love Is Blind, co-starring Matthew Broderick and co-directed by Andy Delaney, is now out in theaters, Digital, and VOD.