"Monogomy" Preview & Cast Interview with Meital Dohan
Directed by Dana Adam Shapiro, Monogamy is set for theatrical release in New York City on March 11th and in L.A. on March 18th after its initial debut at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival. The psychological drama stars Rashida Jones, Chris Messina, and Meital Dohan.
Monogamy is based on an engaged couple living in Brooklyn, New York. As a groom-to-be, Theo (Chris Messina) is anxious about saying “I Do” to his fiancé Nat (Rashida Jones). Bored and sick of working as a wedding photographer, Theo takes the unconventional route of creating a company called “Gumshoot”. The new venture allows voyeurs to hire him as their own personal photographer. To do this he follows individuals and takes pictures of them in their everyday lives. The new endeavor seems exciting enough to keep him occupied… at least until he comes across a new client by the name of Subgirl (Meital Dohan). His obsession with the mystery woman causes everything in his life to take a backseat to the camera, including his impending nuptials to Nat. At the same time, Theo is made aware of some burning questions that await him and his fiancé at home.
Rashida Jones is a multi-talented actress and singer perhaps best known for her portrayal of Karen Filippelli on NBC’s The Office. She’s also had memorable parts in films like I Love You, Man and 2010’s The Social Network. In 2011, Jones appears in Friends with Benefits, co-starring Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake.
Chris Messina has a number of stage appearances under his belt in addition to movies and television. In 2006 he acted as one half of the award-winning Ira and Abby, and more recently he starred in Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona alongside Rebecca Hall and Penelope Cruz.
Meital Dohan is an Israeli actress and two-time Oscar nominee well known for playing Yael Hoffman on Showtime’s ‘Weeds’. She also stars in the 2011 film Foreclosure with Michael Imperioli and Wendell Pierce. In recognition of her work with the Cameri Theater, Meital Dohan received the Israeli Tony for Most Promising New Actress.
Taking some time out of her hectic schedule to talk movie roles, Meital Dohan sat down to discuss Foreclosure and Monogamy…
Q: So you play the object of a man's voyeuristic obsession in Monogamy. What about this film speaks to you, personally?
Meital: I think it's a very timely film because monogamy hardly exists anymore in today's world, especially with the popularity of internet dating. The film is sexy and cool because it gets to the root at what's eating away at people's relationships today and how the complexities of the modern world have changed the way we love and function in different romantic, sexual and psychological capacities.
Q: Were you surprised when it won Best Narrative at Tribeca?
Meital: No, not at all, it's a great film. I think it's very much a New York film with a lot of heart and soul that embodies the rhythm of this city and real issues that people can relate to on a personal level.
Q: You tend to be part of projects that have a very unique vision. How does Foreclosure compare to your past work?
Meital: Foreclosure is definitely a very special film because it's a horror story set to the backdrop of the mortgage crises. The political statement of the film is very interesting because it deals with issues of racism. It's saying you can't hide the past or it will come back to haunt you, literally. Embedding these important issues into a horror film is a very interesting combination.
Q: Were there any similarities between your character in Monogamy, and the character you play in your latest film, Foreclosure?
Meital: In Monogamy, I am the Subgirl and the whole film there is a tension and mystery about who the Subgirl really is. In Foreclosure I pay the part of a homeless girl named Christina. They are very different films with very different storylines, which is part of the challenge and excitement of taking on different roles.
Q: How did you like working with the other actors on Foreclosure?
Meital: The whole cast was super talented and considerate. Working and acting with Michael Imperioli is like eating in a five star French restaurant.
Q: What's next for you?
Meital: It's a very busy and exciting time. I'm in pre-production on two films right now and developing a charity that I want to run. It's all under wraps for now, but stay tuned!
To watch the HD movie trailer for Monogamy CLICK HERE