How Ayelet Zurer girded herself for 'Alice'
Q: How was it working out the adversarial relationship between your character and that of co-star Lihi Kornowski in “Losing Alice”?
A: It was intense because Lihi was in a very specific place as Sophie and I was in a very, very specific place as Alice. So it was in a way kind of similar to the relationship in the film but not really because both of us are actresses and we’re not really in that space but it was in that space. She brought a lot of sexuality and sensuality to the role and I was surprised when we actually shot because we did some rehearsals and all of us were like, “Oh, we can do it. That’s great. That’s fun.” But when we actually had the cameras in front of us, I was very much Alice and she was very much Sophie so that was really intense.
Q: So when the cameras were off, did you keep that dynamic between you?
A: We obviously were nice and friendly with each other but we kept apart. Yes, it was specifically me because she’s such a talented and beautiful person. Personally, I think she’s very adorable but I think with Alice, Alice cannot adore Sophie. She has to stay, in her mind, two spaces. One is admiration and attraction and one is suspicion and fear. And so it was complicated by itself.
Q: So is that how you like to work? Do you like to stay separated from someone who is playing a character that is adversarial to your own?
A: It depends. … But yeah, I personally notice that I sometimes do that. It’s a very strange thing. I have a space where the character is and if the role is really demanding and deep, then I go there and I sort of stay there. It’s sometimes hard for me to go in and out, in and out, but it’s not always that way. It really depends on the role and the people and how it works. … So emotionally, (“Losing Alice” was) very demanding because the role is demanding so in a way, I had to sort of protect myself. So I just stayed in (laughs).