Biel: 'Emanuel' Made Me 'Cry My Eyes Out'

By ZACH SEEMAYER

December 05, 2013

Actresses Jessica Biel and Kaya Scodelario joined director Francesca Gregorini for the Hollywood premiere of their film The Truth About Emanuel, and spoke to ET about what it takes to make such a psychological thriller.

The Truth About Emanuel is about a troubled young woman named Emanuel (Scodelario) that becomes obsessed with her mysterious new neighbor, Linda (Biel), who bears a striking resemblance to the girl's dead mother. When Emanuel offers to babysit for her neighbor, the walls of reality begin to wane and she accidentally enters a strange, fictional world.

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"I just think the script itself was so surprising, and it was written so beautifully," Biel, 31, said. "It was unique. It just made me cry my eyes out, I think. And when you're moved by a script, it's rare to be really genuinely moved. I felt terrified by the idea of trying to do this thing, so I think that was probably one of the driving factors."

The actress added, "And of course working with a female writer/director, which is so unique, and so fun and so great for film."

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This is the second feature film for writer/director Gregorini, 45. Her first being the 2009 drama Tanner Hall, starring Rooney Mara.

For more with the women of the film, including what the atmosphere was like during production of the intense thriller, check out ET's video. The Truth About Emanuel hits theaters January 10, 2014.



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