S&A: Tell me about seeing yourself in the role for the first time. What was your reaction?
LN: I was dreading seeing it to tell you the truth. I felt very generous and open in performing it, but I was nervous about seeing it and hating my work. I finally went and saw it at the beginning of June at Fox Searchlight in New York. I cried a lot. It was a cathartic experience, but I’m so glad I went through it because I was able to see this masterpiece that Steve created and what everyone else brought to it.
You go through a lot watching the film but it makes you feel closer to humanity. I think it’s a real gift to be faced with man’s potential for extreme cruelty but also man’s resilience and the fact that love really does conquer everything. It’s the only answer to these kinds of atrocities and it’s not a passive thing. It’s about taking a stand to the point that such a film like this can be made so that we can face our history, embrace it, and move on.