Sometimes a small role in a big budget movie can be enough to boost an actor’s career and showcase their talent. Many actors do not get such chances easily and wait in shadow – or maybe behind the curtain – remaining unknown to the viewer and hoping for that right moment to arrive for them to take the stage. Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing” starring Matt Damon as a lead, brought one name to us. And I am sure, we as viewers will have many chances from now on to hear the name Kathryn Aboya.
It was my great pleasure to meet and interview Kathryn Aboya during Toronto International Film Festival. As you will see, it was absolutely not a coincident that Kathryn got casted for this role, playing such a pivotal part for Matt Damon’s character. Her story, that I came to know during the interview, was truly remarkable. And I hope you will enjoy it as well.
MOVIEMOVESME: Kathryn, can you please talk about the character you portray in “Downsizing”?
Kathryn Aboya: I play the woman who gives Paul – the lead character played by Matt Damon – the drugs at the party. That gets him to go and live a different life.
MOVIEMOVESME: It is quite an important moment and a turning point for the main character. How did you actually end up playing that role in the film?
Kathryn Aboya: I auditioned for Duson’s (Christopher Waltz) French-speaking girlfriend. I’m fluent in French, so I auditioned for her role. Afterward, I didn’t hear anything from them for three weeks, so I thought it was done and dusted. Then, my agent calls me, saying that they have a role but it’s not the French character. The director seemed to want me in the film either way. And the role was to kiss Matt Damon.
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