Lana Del Rey Details New Album Blue Banisters, Shares Video New Song “Arcadia”

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Jessica Chastain on Her 20-Year Close Friendship with Oscar Isaac: 'It's a Special Thing'

Los Angeles Times 08 September, 2021 - 07:30pm

"Oscar I've known for 20 years. We went to college together," Chastain tells PEOPLE of her Scenes from a Marriage costar. "We have the same process. When I got the scripts, I knew immediately it was going to be like a play, because most of it's just him and I talking for an hour, sometimes not calm."

In the HBO limited series (premiering Sunday), Chastain, 44, and Isaac, 42, play unhappily married couple Mira and Jonathan. The actress says her close bond with Isaac helped them navigate some of their characters' more challenging and emotional scenes.

"It's like surfing together," she continues. "It's a special thing, and it's very rare to have it with another actor. We have it with each other. So for me, I knew it was an opportunity to just be in the moment and almost do theater with Oscar."

Chastain, who trained at Juilliard with Isaac and previously played his onscreen wife in 2014's A Most Violent Year, admits she did have to employ her own little mind trick to reframe her relationship with Isaac.

"Prep for me, I had to see Oscar in a different way, which was complicated because these characters are best friends, and they know so much about each other," she explains. "They know everything about each other, so that was easy. But then I was like, 'Okay, how am I going to switch [Oscar] in my mind? Because he's literally not Jonathan at all.' So I had to, I literally changed his name in my phone to Jonathan. I did. Because every time he texted me, I wanted it to say 'Jonathan,' so it could just remind me of the project, you know?"

"I have this book, it's one of those cheesy books that couples have where there's two partners, and you answer all these questions called 'All About Us.' I think my husband and I got it and we were like, 'We're not doing this,' but I had it and I thought, 'What if Oscar and I do it as the characters so before we start shooting, we have our backstory?'" she recalls. "So what we did is, one of the questions was 'Favorite memory of your wedding,' so I wrote 'Jonathan dancing at the wedding,' and he wrote something. I don't remember what it was, but we went through the entire book and did that. And it gave us a shared backstory and a shared secret of this relationship that helped me see him as Jonathan and not as Oscar."

The actress says the day they wrapped filming on Marriage, 'Jonathan' was back to 'Oscar' in her phone.

"As soon as we ended [I changed his name back]," she says. "That day, that's one of the things I did. I was like, 'Okay. Done.' And for me, it needed to be a clean break. Some of the stuff we did was so dark, I think we both needed a break. But our families, we have kids the same age and everything, so we have seen each other since and have play dates and all that."

The series is not all dark, though. Audiences will get to see the actors in happier places and times.

"I see it as a love story over time about the complexities of vulnerability," Chastain says.

Scenes from a Marriage premieres Sunday on HBO.

Lana Del Rey Details New Album Blue Banisters, Shares Video for New Song “Arcadia”: Watch

Pitchfork 08 September, 2021 - 12:14pm

“Arcadia” follows three other singles the singer-songwriter released together in May: “Blue Banisters,” “Wildflower Wildfire,” and “Text Book.” All three songs, as well as “Arcadia,” are featured on Blue Banisters. Find the album’s tracklist and artwork below.

Lana Del Rey announced Blue Banisters in late April and originally suggested it would come out July 4. She had also teased something called Rock Candy Sweet, but no other details followed.

Between 2019’s Norman Fucking Rockwell! and the more recent Chemtrails Over the Country Club, Lana Del Rey published Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass, her first collection of poetry, along with an audiobook counterpart she produced with Antonoff.

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Lana Del Rey Details New Album Blue Banisters, Shares Video for New Song “Arcadia”: Watch

Stereogum 08 September, 2021 - 12:14pm

“Arcadia” follows three other singles the singer-songwriter released together in May: “Blue Banisters,” “Wildflower Wildfire,” and “Text Book.” All three songs, as well as “Arcadia,” are featured on Blue Banisters. Find the album’s tracklist and artwork below.

Lana Del Rey announced Blue Banisters in late April and originally suggested it would come out July 4. She had also teased something called Rock Candy Sweet, but no other details followed.

Between 2019’s Norman Fucking Rockwell! and the more recent Chemtrails Over the Country Club, Lana Del Rey published Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass, her first collection of poetry, along with an audiobook counterpart she produced with Antonoff.

All products featured on Pitchfork are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Lana Del Rey Details New Album Blue Banisters, Shares Video for New Song “Arcadia”: Watch

Vulture 08 September, 2021 - 12:14pm

“Arcadia” follows three other singles the singer-songwriter released together in May: “Blue Banisters,” “Wildflower Wildfire,” and “Text Book.” All three songs, as well as “Arcadia,” are featured on Blue Banisters. Find the album’s tracklist and artwork below.

Lana Del Rey announced Blue Banisters in late April and originally suggested it would come out July 4. She had also teased something called Rock Candy Sweet, but no other details followed.

Between 2019’s Norman Fucking Rockwell! and the more recent Chemtrails Over the Country Club, Lana Del Rey published Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass, her first collection of poetry, along with an audiobook counterpart she produced with Antonoff.

All products featured on Pitchfork are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

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