While stepping into the comedy genre was uncharted and daunting territory for the actress, she felt comfortable playing a character like Alice. “I am not very far from being an anxious teenager. I’m still young and getting by,” she says. When we first meet Alice, she is revealed to be independent and mature beyond her years, but slowly the cracks in her hardened surface reveal a young woman still struggling with the loss of her mother and desperately searching for peace. attention and the unwavering love of his father. . As a result, Alice had to grow up quickly and be her own support system in life, which was tied to Maxwell. “I think I personally find it difficult to ask for help when I need it,” she reveals. “Even when I know I need it, I’m stubborn about it and desperate to figure it out myself.”
She can be reluctant to ask for outside help, but Maxwell isn’t shy about taking inspiration from those around her. With Contraction, she had an invaluable opportunity to learn from a fantastic cast, especially Ford. According to Maxwell, the actor isn’t one to walk around giving advice, but just watching him work and seeing how focused and lively he is in the scenes was a masterclass in itself. “He’s so excited to be there on set every day, and every time we had a scene, it was just a lesson in having a legend as a scene partner that opens up so much space for me emotionally in as an actor. I felt like I could really play in scenes with Harrison,” she says. Maxwell swears she played it cool around Ford, being very careful not to be geeky and ask a bunch of questions, but she admits they bonded over eating lots of snacks together — mostly frozen yogurt and pretzels — which were a staple in their park-bench scenes.
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