I have been following Carrie Lazar's career from movies such as Thor and The Big Short but recently she has really caught the attention of the media. Not only because of her incredible style that has seen her effortlessly wearing everything from vintage Prada right through to daring and edgy pieces by up-and-coming designers such as Rychie Zheng on the red carpet, but more over because she is one of only two females starring in Magnificent Seven, America's current number one box office movie. In a time where the way in which women are portrayed in film is a subject of much debate, Lazar is a shinning example of an actress showing incredible strength both on and off screen.
I was so happy to chat to Lazar to discuss Magnificent Seven, and what the definition of being a strong woman means to her.
EV: Congratulations on Magnificent Seven! What an amazing cast with Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke! Can you tell me more about you character, Leni Frankel?
CL : Thank you! Yes, Leni is a care-taker tolerating pain, love, and loss all at the same time. It's fascinating the emotions she has to juggle. Some people's lives stop when they lose someone. They need time to experience the pain, the love, and the loss. But Leni can't stop, she needs to be strong no matter what walls are caving in around her. Her strength is shattered when her husband dies, but she knows she needs to continue forward. Through the kindness of strangers and the empowerment of her community she finds her inner strength again.
EV: I love that message and think it's so important. There's been a lot of discussion of how women are portrayed in both the media and in film recently. You are a great example of showing women in an amazing light in real life as well as with your character, Leni in Magnificent Seven. As a woman where do you find your strength?
CL: Personally I am a strong woman. I find my strength through my community, my friends and my family. I feel stronger to speak my mind, speak my truth, when I am surrounded by them. We can also learn a lot from Leni. If we can learn to find strength in our communities we realize some challenges don't have to be as hard as we think they are.
Thank you so much for your time, Carrie.
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