We still can’t stop thinking about ‘ANTARCTICA’! After watching the trailer and promo photos, it’s time for you to read our exclusive interview with its stars Chloë Levine and Kimie Muroya, as they talk about their experiences in the film, feminism and friendship.
Here we go!
The movie is about friendship. They play two friends who at one point separate and experience their own emotional challenges, growing, maturing and getting to know themselves … but in the end they meet again because when the friendship is true, it doesn’t matter what happens or how distant you are … when you see each other again, it feels like time has not passed.
That’s exactly what happens with Kat and Janet, so we asked Chlöe and Kimie if this movie had taught them any new and important lessons about friendship. And we love their answers because they are tremendously mature and sincere.
Well for me, I know that you know because one of the major themes this friendship. I don’t know it was really helpful to become such good friends with Kimmie. And I think as far as the movie is really interesting that these two characters have to sort of like be apart from each other on their own separate journeys and then they find their ways their way back to one another and It just kind of interesting that they have to go on like solo missions. So come back eventually…Chloë Levine
Yeah, I think Keith R. director described it as a breakout movie. A little bit slow because we’re so tight the beginning and then you know we get split up and then we have to, yeah, that’s close I’d find our way back to each other.Kimie Muroya
Chlöe’s character, Kat’s, emotional journey involves overcoming a huge emotional challenge: an abortion. We see her enter the abortion clinic and how groups of women insult her, yell at her, mistreat her … and we could only think that it did not have to be easy for Chlöe to put herself in Kat’s shoes and we wanted to know how this experience was for her.
Her response is enlightening and, again, she speaks with incredible maturity. We couldn’t stop listening to her and learn from everything she told us.
I have to say I was surprised at how difficult was… I guess maybe surprises are on board but I have to say that some of the the seamer Jamie and I are leaving the abortion clinic I was probably like one of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to shoot as an actor and…I mean…I think that like goose two keys for writing this and then how accurate is that this is, you know, I live in New York and I walked by the Planned Parenthood clinic and there’s literally exactly what calendar, you know, so I mean, I think I am…It’s just so difficult…I don’t know if that answers your question.Chloë Levine
And yes, that answered my question more than perfectly. I knew that the experience could not be easy for her and I saw how she got into the skin of the character and the scene was so real …
Janet, meanwhile, has to overcome taking pills for “bad behavior” and is … to point out that Janet is required to behave in a certain way and, because she doesn’t always do it, they decide to give her pills. Perfection is obsessively demanded of women. Everything that society does not consider acceptable is despised, canceled … and has to be changed.
We discussed this with Kimie and wanted to know her thoughts on this excessive pressure on women to be perfect. This is what she told us and when we listened to her we could only nod and think: “preach!”
You know that’s an interesting question because I think there are ideals for men. But there….the existence such a different way like they have like that toxic masculinity is very much like a guideline and regulation of society puts on it man and it’s not talked about as much but I think in terms of like the pressures that are put on women absolutely I mean tears you where are constantly bombarded with: being seen in a like a sexual manner and being seen as objects of desire or only worth like having sex with, procreating with….
And not being regarded as human beings in our own right occasionally and I think I’m one of the things in the like, the firm trucks full commercial in the film is it’s not just about like regulating your mood and behaviors to fit with society but also they like throwing a mention of like it also helps manage your weight and you know there’s so many rules out there for women like: you got a look a certain way, you gonna wear some make up, you got to fit into a size whatever…but your boobs have to be huge, your but has to be huge, your waist has to be skinny….It’s like there’s so many paradoxical…like, rules for women. It’s like impossible to fill.
At the end of the day, who is punished and loses her position at the university for what happens is Kat and the guy does not bear any consequences. We asked Kimie and Chlöe for their opinion on whether this situation happened too often. Seriously, we’re in awe of them. Just … look what they told us.
Yeah I think that, you know, think that there’s definitely a lot of like the way that men get in. In a relationship between a man and a woman there’s a lot of that power, that’s the power dynamics are at play that are often not recognized so again we don’t see Stevie G. any comeuppance but we see Kat go through this awful, awful experience.Kimie Muroya
I think that the world’s was designed for men to some extent and especially in American high schools. I mean, women are young women are just like at the bottom of the totem pole and that was my experience in high school so it’s like Kat is a slut and Stevie G. is an idiot but like… he still slept with someone so… I agree with you that it happens too much. I feel like I see it all the time, yeah.Chloë Levine
The characters of Janet and Kat are complicated, real and face a huge challenge, so the question was obliged: What made Kimie and Chlöe to say yes to this role? And we want you to see what they told us because, seriously, you are going to love them!
I think something that really drew me to and Janet was that….keep our director had and writer the part for eighteen Asian girl but that’s not relevant to her story, and she was just allowed to be a human, she’s allowed to have a lot of interest and cry and punch people and she’s allowed to just do all these things and it’s not about like the story isn’t about her being fat or being Asian and that was something that I don’t get to see in the media that I consume and I was really excited to work on this because I felt like this was a part written form a human and written for me. And even though it wasn’t in the queue didn’t know me when he was writing it but like…I felt like I just fit it so well.Kimie Muroya
When I first read the script I was really taken men’s chests are. Sort of this is B. M. absurdity and kind of like this magical realism to explore these things are happening that are absolutely ridiculous, you know, that are just becoming normal talking about it and sort of like an absurdist way makes it funny but also like wannacry as well and so the sort of tone the script is really attractive to me and then I had a meeting with Keith and he’s like just such a lovely human being and we really clicked and so I was like: please, Can I get into this?Chloë Levine
In this same sense, we wanted to ask them what they most admired about their characters and we think their answers say it all.
With Kat I think just like her resiliency and just her like drive should be herself which is something that I feel like is, you know, we see it but not as often as we should and just…I don’t know…so I care too so resilient enzymes that has these like moments of vulnerability is something that’s really interesting to me so that’s why I really like Kat.Chloë Levine
I love Janet’s just…overwhelming love for her friend and the desire to take protective Kat and…just like, yeah, her love and her compassion for her friend and also her ability to just be who she is. Be herself and she doesn’t conform to…like we said societal standards of women in when she gets put on the same track so let’s not, you know, that’s not her choice, it’s not something that she decides to go on it’s society being forced on her.
And she still maintains her kind of not as cool look as Kat look she dresses a little looser than Kat does but, yeah, she’s really cool person I think. She’s someone who I wish I was when I was in high school I was not as cool as as Janet even though in the terms of high school like other her peers might not see her at school like me as and as someone who is removed from my school now I can be like: yeah that’s a cool person.
And this was our fun and wonderful conversation with Chlöe and Kimie. You have to know that, in addition to being funny, cute and kind, they are so bright, like a ray of sunshine, it’s impossible not to laugh with them and they surprised us. They really surprised us, because they are so young but so mature at the same time.
Our talk was like a conversation between old friends who meet again to talk about life, almost like it happens in ‘ANTARCTICA‘. We learned a lot and we love that such young and jovial people have their opinions so clear and are not afraid to raise their voices and say them aloud.