Daphne Rubin-Vega: "Breaking My Own Rules"

The star dishes on her new film Jack Goes Boating and why her celeb crush is her director!
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Daphne Rubin-Vega: “Breaking My Own Rules”

The star dishes on her new film Jack Goes Boating and why her celeb crush is her director!

-Brooke Sager

Daphne Rubin-Vega

Daphne Rubin-Vega is best known for her role as Mimi in the breakthrough Broadway show, Rent. These days, she’s making strides to conquer the big screen.

In the past, the Panama-born singer/actress has also appeared in films such as Wild Things and Flawless. Last week, with the premiere of Jack Goes Boating, (based on the 2007 play by Bob Glaudini) she added a new film to the list of major motion pictures under her belt. Rubin-Vega stars alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman (making his feature film directorial debut) as Lucy, a character with which she has one main thing in common with.

“We’re both turned off by lazy men!” Daphne says.

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Tell us about your experience filming Jack Goes Boating.
We filmed in January so it was very cold. But it was a great start to the year. It’s a wonderful experience to be working with, what I think, is the best gang of actors in town. It doesn’t get better than Phil (Seymour Hoffman), John (Ortiz) and Amy (Ryan). The film felt like a homemade, organic project from the beginning. Being on set was a wonderful, supporting and fertile place to work and play.

How was being in the film different than the play?
The film’s ending is more decisive and final. The stakes are a bit higher in the actual story of the film. I would also say the relationships are more promising. Particularly the relationship between Clyde (John Ortiz) and Lucy—it’s stretched out in terms of its tension, though not necessarily its length.

How is it working with Philip Seymour Hoffman?
It was wonderful. He is a very supportive director. Even though it was his first film, he’s directed a substantial amount of theater. He is also an actor, which in turn makes him a generous director. It’s great because he anticipates that you’re going to ask questions. So, he is ever ready to provide his actors with the support, guidance and availability that they need.

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