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You Cast a Spell on Me: Getting Acquainted with Samantha Robinson

 

You Cast a Spell on Me: Getting Acquainted with Samantha Robinson
By Maddy Woon

Anna Biller’s The Love Witch is the fantastical feminist witchcraft film of your dreams. If it weren’t for the modern day cues freckling throughout — iPhones, BMW’s and DNA tests — you’d be forgiven for thinking her masterpiece was a 60s cult classic. The coalescence of old and new, combined with the melodramatic dialogue, patriarchal-smashing ethos, and decadent, kitsch aesthetic renders the film an absolute must-watch for the modern woman.

At the centre of the film lies Elaine — a young narcissistic witch who has fled to the shores of a quaint Californian town after her lover mysteriously dies — played by the remarkable LA-based actor, Samantha Robinson. Driven by a perverse desire to be loved, Elaine (successfully) deploys magic and her womanly charms to ensnare a string of suitors, to tragic ends.

Elaine is a psychologically complex character. She is murderous and deranged, yet always commands sympathy; she holds archaic views on love, yet speaks to the sexually liberated contemporary woman. Bringing to life such a dichotomous character is no easy feat, but Samantha absolutely blew it out of the park. We chatted to the bright young thang about working with Anna to create the character of Elaine, witches throughout history, and the state of Hollywood today, among other things. Get acquainted below!

Q&A

LF: Through playing Elaine, did you learn anything new about yourself?

SR: Now more than ever, with a movement in Hollywood encouraging woman to voice their experiences with sexual harassment and abuse by men in the industry, it is becoming clear that most women have experienced disturbing experiences with men on some level. Like Elaine, we find ways to deal with those experiences. Sometimes you may even forget as a way to cope. I think many women and men relate to the character of Elaine as they see themselves in her and can even feel empowered by some of her actions. Although the story is ultimately tragic, there is strength in Elaine’s desire to persevere.

LF: Growing up, which on-screen character did you most relate to, and why?

SR: Growing up, I loved the movie ‘My Fair Lady’. I related to Audrey Hepburn’s character, Eliza Doolittle—to her ambition and desire to improve. Despite Higgins’ controlling machinations, Eliza fights to maintain her dignity and identity; she even says she can live without him. Although she ultimately goes back to Higgins, I think Eliza is a modern woman who manages to navigate a sexist society.

LF: What was your initial reaction when you read the script for The Love Witch?

SR: My initial reaction was that it was a fun script with a strong female lead and a unique vision. I wasn’t aware that it was going to be as visually striking as it is or with such a strong feminist message.

LF: How did you prepare for your role as Elaine in The Love Witch? Did you find any similarities between yourself and the character that you could draw on?

SR: I worked with Anna to create the character of Elaine. We decided that Elaine had both borderline and narcissistic personality disorder. I read a lot about these conditions. We also watched classic films with female protagonists who have mental illness. We decided that Elaine had various ‘modes’ that she went into during the film: Stepford wife, manic, bliss, haughty and disassociation. There was a lot that I drew on to create Elaine. I can relate to the feeling of wanting to be loved and needing to create a mask in order to regain some control over the attention you elicit.

LF: I read on Anna’s blog about how collaborative the process was between the two of you, with you helping to sculpt the character of Elaine. What was that experience like, from your perspective?

SR: It was a lot of fun to create such a unique character and to work with a creative powerhouse like Anna Biller. That in itself is a special experience. I thoroughly enjoyed working with a female director.

LF: She also points to the way you “did not think like an actor, but like a director”. Can this be attributed to your diet of classic, noir and contemporary arthouse films growing up? Would you ever consider trying your hand at directing?

SR: That is an interesting comment as I do tend to visualize a piece as a whole. I am trying to think more like an actor though, to focus on being as imaginative as possible and not worry about the complete project. That way I can bring the most creative work possible to the table. I may want to try my hand at directing down the road. Who knows!

LF: I found it quite interesting that, despite being murderous and disturbed, I found myself gunning for/sympathising with Elaine at certain points in the film. Is this true for you? If so, why do you think this is?

SR: Oh, definitively. I always sympathise with Elaine, even when she is being abhorrent, as her terrible actions don’t stem from her being born as a bad seed. She has been through lots of trauma in her life, which has made her the way she is.

LF: Elaine’s character is quite dichotomous, in that she speaks to the sexually liberated woman and pretty perfectly encapsulates society’s fear of female sexuality, yet seems to hold these very antiquated views about men and love. How did you bring these complexities to life?

SR: Yes, that dichotomy is definitely one of the most fascinating things about Elaine. Contradictions are so much fun to play! I explored the different sides of Elaine, her social persona or mask, her true inner desires and self, understanding when delusion and coping mechanisms come into play. I brought these complexities to life the way you would with any other character; realizing that this character is a three-dimensional human with wishes, dreams, trauma and defense mechanisms which help her survive in the world.

LF: The aesthetics of The Love Witch are delightfully extravagant and kitsch. How did such decadent costumes and sets help you to get into character?

SR: It really does make such a difference! Nothing is arbitrary, everything makes sense for the world of the movie. Anna even had a lighter I use in the movie engraved with ‘Elaine’,  and although nobody could see it, it added that extra level of specificity and detail Anna is known for.

LF: Did you go deep on the history of witchcraft in preparing for the role? Can you relay some of the coolest witch-related findings from your research?

SR: I read the Witches Bible and other books on witchcraft. I went to rituals and tarot card classes with Anna. We watched movies about witches or characters that might have been witches. I guess the most interesting thing I found out was about Aleister Crowley, Thelema and the counterculture witches’ movement of the 60s.

LF: I recently read a book called Caliban and the Witch, which kind of details women’s role in society throughout history, and the way witch-hunts were used as another means to systematically silence women. I was especially mindful of that during the near-rape scene at the end of the film where an angry mob are shouting “Burn the witch!” How would you describe the correlation between feminism and witchcraft?

SR: Witches have been known to be the original female rebels of patriarchy so it makes sense that they have been persecuted. Witches are strong and independent, and that can be unsettling for men. The idea of the witch was created to keep women under patriarchal rule. There has been a lot of misrepresentation of witches in film and literature. Usually they are the ugly spinsters casting spells on innocent people. Now, however, witches represent female solidarity and empowerment. A strong, independent woman with a mysterious or dangerous side is what I think of when I envision a witch—a part of herself that every woman has.

LF: Outside of The Love Witch, what kinds of roles are you usually drawn to?

SR: I am drawn to characters who find it difficult to survive in this world. I am interested in how they survive, the face they show the world and how it compares to their hidden motivations and deepest desires.

LF: Either through acting, or via another medium, what kind of stories do you hope to tell in the future?

SR: I hope to tell stories of all kinds either on film or stage. Acting is my biggest joy and one of the most meaningful ways to connect to others.

LF: Lastly, what would you like your legacy to be?
SR: I would like to be remembered for my roles in film and on stage — what I hope will become a body of work — and my sense of style. I would also like to be remembered for my commitment to support cancer research.

November 17, 2017 at 12:44PM
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Warm tones

 

Warm tones
By The Design Walker

Warm tones

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November 17, 2017 at 07:37AM
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Marble kitchen in bl

 

Marble kitchen in bl
By The Design Walker

Marble kitchen in blue and whitr

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November 17, 2017 at 07:06AM
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The lovely home of Madewell’s lead designer

 

The lovely home of Madewell’s lead designer
By noreply@blogger.com (My Scandinavian Home)

Guys, guys, guys, it looks like we made it! Friday night is calling! Woop! But before I shoot off into the night, I wanted to share a couple of snapshots from the home of Madewell‘s lead designer in Brooklyn with you (spotted in Domino magazine). Joyce Lee’s love for all things timeless and well designed in the fashion arena rings true for her home too. The space has been decorated with fabulous vintage pieces, natural materials, layers of textiles and fun pops of colour, for a wonderfully relaxed family home. Enjoy!

Photography: Pippa Drummond for Domino

What a wonderful, happy home, don’t you think?!

Is there anything that stands out to you?!

Get the look: sitting roomwhite pom pom blanket, Ellerbe wall sconce, striped butterfly top from Madewell. Back wall – print by Jason Nocito, source a white sheepskin here, teak mid-century credenza, Moroccan leather pouf. Nursery – I love these wall stickers.

See the rest of the home tour over at Domino here. And if you fancy a little more Bohemian interior inspiration, I’m loving this archive (one of my favourites!).

Have a fabulous weekend and see you Monday!

November 17, 2017 at 04:39AM
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Ottavio and yellow

 

Ottavio and yellow
By The Design Walker

Ottavio and yellow

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November 17, 2017 at 02:15AM
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Clean and white room

 

Clean and white room
By The Design Walker

Clean and white room

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November 17, 2017 at 12:03AM
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Rochas in London

 

Rochas in London
By Chloé

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Pretty in pink and lurking round stage doors in Rochas from The Outnet @ LFW a few months back <3 Thanks for the sweet snaps Jaime xxxx

Rochas dress from The Outnet, Zoe Karssen jeans, Reliquia earrings, Dorateymur boots

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November 16, 2017 at 04:37AM
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Moon Grey by Arjaan

 

Moon Grey by Arjaan
By The Design Walker

Moon Grey by Arjaan De Feyter

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November 16, 2017 at 08:29AM
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Beautiful inspiration from ‘Your Creative Work Space’

 

Beautiful inspiration from ‘Your Creative Work Space’
By noreply@blogger.com (My Scandinavian Home)

What does your work / creative space look like? Do you love to sit there and tinker away? I’m sure you’re familiar with mine, although more often than not I’m elsewhere – at the kitchen table, on the sofa, in the window, a nearby communal workspace or in a café. A wise friend told me recently that if you don’t use a zone (it might be for no other reason that it simply doesn’t feel right!), it means it’s either in the wrong place, or you have designed it in the wrong way for the task. So true! A few days later the beautiful book Your Creative Work Space: The Sweet Spot Style Guide to Home Office + Studio Decor by Desha Peacock landed on my desk. It was a sign! Known for her eclectic style and helping others see the possibility within themselves, their homes and personal style, Peacock advises that ‘your physical setting can either hamper or elevate’ your creative calling and offers tips on designing a creative workspace that will inspire the work you are meant to do. The book is packed with beautiful work spaces belonging to artists, designers, craftspeople, writers, and stylists – all of which will make you want to revamp your office in a heartbeat. Here are a few of my favourites:

Aren’t these spaces just so inspiring?! Does it tempt to you to make some changes? I can’t wait to get started – watch this space!

Your Creative Work Space, by Desha Peacock is published by Skyhorse Press, NYC and available
here.

Look out for the give-away to win a signed copy over on Instagram shortly! Yay!

For more workspace inspiration you might like to check out my office space/studio archive (featuring more of Justina Blakeney’s fabulous LA studio, the magnificent Studio Slow and Holly Marder’s atelier!).

Have a lovely day!

Photography credits: 1 + 2. Justina Blakeney 3. Anisa Rrapaj  4. Johanna Stark’s home office by Emil Larsson 5. Sara Banner.  6. Leslie Woodward

November 16, 2017 at 06:54AM
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Orijeen’s color chan

 

Orijeen’s color chan
By The Design Walker

Orijeen’s color changing cabinet.

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November 16, 2017 at 12:03AM
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Live FAST Radio: Soft Serve 003 with Rae Witte

 

Live FAST Radio: Soft Serve 003 with Rae Witte
By Rae Witte

There’s comfort in routine – not routine as in settling, but in knowing what works for you – and consistently keeping people, places, and things that disrupt that at arm’s length or further.

But newness is so exciting.

For anyone pushing outside their norm, for better or worse, consciously or subconsciously, this playlist is full of artists I’m not very familiar with at all but made music pretty representative of a few weeks spent outside my comfort zone.

And, it’s perfect for a travel day.

November 15, 2017 at 11:01AM
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A Soothing Apartment in the Heart of Gothenburg, Sweden

 

A Soothing Apartment in the Heart of Gothenburg, Sweden
By noreply@blogger.com (My Scandinavian Home)

In yesterday’s post I talked about my dream house by the sea (just like the one the danish family lived in – wasn’t it stunning?!) one day, friends, one day! I noticed on Instagram, many of you felt the same. Today, can we indulge ourselves a little more – and say that we’d also need a Scandinavian pied à terre (for those meetings, concerts, shopping trips, hanging out with friends)?! A sort of best-of-both-worlds life spanning beach-city, Sweden-Denmark?! I’m thinking this apartment in Gothenburg, Sweden could do the trick. It’s more or less a studio (the bedroom doubles up as a sitting room and workspace) but with a separate bedroom and large spacious rooms full of light. The soft shades of grey, and cosy textures in muted colours create a lovely, soothing feel. Let’s take a peek…

Styling: By Bon Interior for Bjurfors

What do you think?!

Could you imagine returning here each evening after a hectic day? How lovely would that be?!

In case you’re wondering about a few of the items, here’s a quick round-up: bedroommoss blanket,
Globe mobile, stonewashed pleated linen bed skirt (I love this!), this bedside lamp is similar. Sitting room Söderhamn sofa, HAY tray table, green velvet cushioncapuccino throw / blanket. KitchenThonet chairs.

See more homes in shades of grey here – kind of soothing right?

Have a lovely day!

PS French speaking friends- I’m excited to see two interviews from my Lagom Book tour in Paris are now live over at La Trésorerie (who stock my book) and Pleine Vie, if you fancy discovering a little more about it!

PPS I’m having a few problems with my blog comment section right now – I can read your (wonderful) comments but can’t reply. We’re urgently looking into it so bear with me, but please don’t stop, I love hearing from you! 

November 15, 2017 at 03:54AM
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Marble kitchen block

 

Marble kitchen block
By The Design Walker

Marble kitchen block by LLI Design London

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November 14, 2017 at 11:49AM
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LIFEwithBIRD in Madrid

 

LIFEwithBIRD in Madrid
By Chloé

Life With Bird

STILL not handling the quickly decreasing temp here in France. So here’s another summery set of snaps from my brief sojourn in Madrid. Wearing happiness inducing print from LIFEwithBIRD & Jasmin Sparrow earrings.

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November 14, 2017 at 10:55AM
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“Found a Reason” by Ethan Gulley

 

“Found a Reason” by Ethan Gulley
By Erin Rose Belair

If I were not me, and you were not you, who would we be busy being? If we were not here, and we were there instead, would here still be there? We go out to the desert to find a reason, to where nothing can hedge us in. Out where there are no echoes, nothing for your voice to bounce against, out where it just doesn’t come back. You talk a lot about who you were before this, as if you’d like me to meet her someday. And I wonder if someday you’ll say the same kinds of things about being with me. Out here in the kind of sun that feels more like a feeling than quality of light. You ask me, ‘How far do you think it goes?’ And I don’t know if you mean the desert or us.

I am always a fan of photographer Ethan Gulley because his work is dreamy and tangible at the same time. It is like it gets painted with an aura of nostalgia, a longing for another time even if that time is right now. He and model Claire Walter at sun down in Joshua Tree has a “hold me here forever like you’re holding me tonight” sentiment to it. I simply cannot get enough.

To view more of Ethan’s work, read this past interview we did together, or get yourself a copy of Sonder, the 4th issue of his beautiful visual diary chalk full of the very nostalgia I speak of here.







November 14, 2017 at 10:29AM
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A dream Danish house by the sea

 

A dream Danish house by the sea
By noreply@blogger.com (My Scandinavian Home)

Hej, hvad så? Do you have a dream house out there? One that you drive pass every now and again and think ‘oh, how I’d love to live there one day’?! Sometimes these dreams do come true. And today’s home tour is proof! Åsa Olofsson (owner of Smuk beauty salon in Copenhagen) and husband Peter (a partner at Bech-Bruun) returned from holiday to find their dream house, a mere 300 metres from their own, had gone on the market. And despite being completely derelict with no bathroom or kitchen and a waterlogged basement, they snapped it up in an instant. It’s easy to see why. Not only is the house full of character, with old beams and large, light-filled rooms, it’s also right on the beach. The pair drafted in the help of an architect and slowly but surely restored the house into a fantastic family home, which they enjoy today with their two children Maja and Carl.

 Photography / copyright: Jesper Ray  – found via Style Files and Bolig magasinet with thanks. 

I think I might just have found my dream house too! I’ve always dreamed of living on the beach like this – and the house itself is just beeeautiful! Could you imagine living here?!

Get the look:

Ground floor flooring: Epoxy 

dining area – wishbone chairs, Eames DSW chair, Hemnes glass cabinet from IKEA, fluffy grey sheepskin, a selection of Marble lights by & Tradition hang over the table.

sitting roomFLY chair by & Tradition, RANARP Floor/reading lamp, I like this wall hanging.

Landing: a cluster of MASS light in dark marble by & Tradition hang above the stairs, wooden stag head.

Bedroom: Muuto pendant light, soft green linen throw, E27 pendant light.

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Thank you so much for the kind permission to share these lovely pictures Jesper Ray – if you have the time, do check out Jesper’s beautiful photography / prints!

If it’s Danish home tours you’re after, you’re in luck – there’s tonnnes of beautiful ones in the Danish apartments and Danish home archives! *siiiigh* there goes an entire afternoon / evening…. ah well, who needs to work anyway…?!

Have a lovely day!

November 14, 2017 at 06:54AM
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Exquisite Wood & Sto

 

Exquisite Wood & Sto
By The Design Walker

Exquisite Wood & Stone Joinery by Perennial Stone

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November 14, 2017 at 04:39AM
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Rejina Pyo + Sandy Liang In Paris

 

Rejina Pyo + Sandy Liang In Paris
By Chloé

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 Perhaps Paris’ chic vibes are rubbing off on me…

I’m wearing: Rejina Pyo top, Sandy Liang skirt, Reliquia earrings and ZanZan x Modern Society sunglasses from Modern Society.

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Rejina Pyo and Sandy Liang

November 14, 2017 at 01:25AM
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Stone Art Galley by

 

Stone Art Galley by
By The Design Walker

Stone Art Galley by O-office Architects

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November 14, 2017 at 12:45AM
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Concrete Odense Arch

 

Concrete Odense Arch
By The Design Walker

Concrete Odense Archi Pendant Light

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November 13, 2017 at 11:12AM
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Photo

 

Photo
By sebastianwaters

November 13, 2017 at 10:30AM
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