Stars Of Sundance: Matilda Lutz

Stars Of Sundance: Matilda Lutz

The actress delivers a hauntingly empowered, leading performance in the Sundance standout 'Revenge.'

The actress delivers a hauntingly empowered, leading performance in the Sundance standout 'Revenge.'

Photography: Sharif Hamza

Styling: Andrew Mukamal

Text: AJ Longabaugh

This interview appears in the pages of V113, The Music Issue, on newsstands now. Order your copy of the issue today at shop.vmagazine.com

Not long after relocating to L.A. and beginning to dabble in acting, Matilda Lutz found herself at a café meeting with acclaimed French director Coralie Fargeat. “The moment we met each other, it was that instant feeling of ‘I know you’ and we didn’t even really talk about film. The next morning she was going to Paris and she asked me if I would want to audition for her next project, Revenge.” After an audition that felt “sublimely challenging” and a two-month waiting period, Lutz finally got a call from Fargeat telling her they had gone forward with another actress for the role, and to not let this “knock her” in any way. Months later and a week before production started on the groundbreaking film, Fargeat reached out to tell Lutz that the actress they had cast had gotten cold feet and was seemingly too frightened to take on the role. “It was a total surprise. When Coralie said that she trusted me to play the intense part, everything just felt right. So, I went directly into rehearsals and then right off to Morocco to start filming.”

Revenge follows a mistress invited by her millionaire lover on an annual hunting trip that evolves into a tale of female survival and the pursuit of ultimate revenge. “While on set, I’m not the type of actor who wants to see certain takes or what things look like while working, so watching the film for the first time at the screening, I couldn’t believe how complex and genre-bending it is. The audience was very reactionary to my character Jen’s journey and were audibly rooting for her, as was I, because I honestly couldn’t see myself in the character, which is a testament to Coralie’s supreme direction.” In particular, Lutz recalls one woman after the screening of the film yelling to her, “You’re all of us!” It was, as she put it, a true moment of validation.

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