As Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them hits theatres today, actress Katherine Waterston tells us what to expect.
With films like Inherent Vice and Steve Jobs to her name, it’s surprising that Katherine Waterston is the only member of her family that didn’t get cast on the hit legal drama series, Law & Order. The 26-year old, however, is all set to be a law enforcement officer in the magical world, thanks to her role in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The movie sees Waterston essay the role of an ex-officer of Magical Law Enforcement.Starring alongside the likes of Eddie Redmayne, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler and Ezra Miller among others, the New York-based actress talks about the film, her character and her co-star.
What does it feel like to be a part of the Harry Potter franchise?
My first memory of the Harry Potter series was my little brother just falling into those books and not resurfacing until he was done. When it slowly dawned on me that I had been invited into this massive pre-existing entity, it was quite an overwhelming realisation.
Did you find it easy getting into Tina’s character?
To me, it all feels intuitive. Connecting to a character is like connecting to any human being—either you like them or you don’t. Tina seemed to totally doubt herself and suspect that she wasn’t good enough. And, yet, simultaneously, she possessed a confidence, a conviction that she could be great. I found that quality really beautiful and a condition, I think, that any human being can relate to.
Please tell us about your character’s chemistry with Newt Scamander (Redmayne)?
Tina and Newt start to recognise that they’re both outsiders and both a little bit odd, I suppose, and I love that. They’re both starting to become the people they will be; they’re kind of dipping their toes in. What is interesting about the film is that it’s a coming-of-age story about adults.
On Redmayne as Newt Scamander
“Most of my scenes were with Eddie, and he’s just a dream. He works so hard, and is so imaginative, intelligent and generous. And he did such great work on Newt’s relationship with all the beasts! All that physical stuff—the mating calls, the way Newt communicates with them, the way they needed to be handled—Eddie came up with all
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them releases today.
— Team Indulge