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!
BY BROOKE SAGER
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.
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.
What made you want to go from singing to acting?
I didn’t really want to, per se. That’s sort of a misconception. I became more popular for my singing first, but I was always into acting as well. There was a time when I wanted to keep them mutually exclusive because I thought combining them would dilute them. In fact, musical theater wasn’t my huge love initially. But then Rent happened, which I was so fortunate to get involved in—so who knew? Breaking my own rules was part of my experience as a performer. Now, I don’t really prefer one or the other. I go through phases.
Were you disappointed to not be in the Rent movie?
I went through my disappointment, but everything happens for a reason. It just wasn’t meant to be. So it’s all-good.
Did you see Vanessa Hudgens reviving the role of Mimi this summer or are you just over it already?
No, I didn’t. I was not in California at the time, but I would have loved to see it. I heard she was wonderful and that it was a great production. Either way, I hope they come see Jack Goes Boating!
Are there any similarities/differences between Jack Goes Boating and Rent?
They’re both set in New York City, showing the city as its own character in the story. The difference is, one is pre-Giuliani, and one is post-Giuliani. Also, both stories are really based on love and relationships.
Who is your celeb crush?
Philip Seymour Hoffman!