It’s a rare thing when a small British independent film gets picked by not one but two major studios (Fox Searchlight in the U.S. and Universal in the U.K.). Even rare when the movie is about two girls falling in love — but Imagine Me & You has managed just that.
I caught up with the beautifully frank Lena Headey (Luce) as she shared her thoughts on love, her career, and her partner in crime — and lesbian icon — Piper Perabo.
AfterEllen.com: How did you get involved in making Imagine Me & You?
Lena Headey: Same as always really. I met Ol [Parker, the director/writer] and did the worst audition ever! I don’t know why, I think it might have been because I wanted the part so much. I hadn’t felt that way about a project in a long time.
AE: Which scenes did you have to read?
LH: I read the scene where they’re on the hill and a couple others. I walked out thinking — f— I did that really well in my bedroom this morning and this was really bad! When he called and said do you want to come and do it I was like yeah!
AE: You’d worked on The Cave with Piper. Did that help you guys create the chemistry that comes across in Imagine Me & You?
LH: [big smile] I genuinely really love Piper, I think she’s bright, funny and smart. We definitely got on. I think that by being thrown together sort of made our friendship. She left [the set of The Cave] two weeks before me. That was the longest two weeks ever! I remember crying! I was like “oh no, don’t leave me!”
But when we got back from the shoot which was really wet and in Romania, we were on the phone to each other saying: “Look I’ve got food, it’s amazing!”
AE: So did you find out that you both got the part on Imagine Me & You while shooting The Cave?
LH: We were talking about Imagine Me & You and she said she was up for it, I said, “So am I!” And when we got it, we were like, “There you go, we get to do something proper! Instead of running around in these things!”
AE: Imagine Me & You is a first in its genre in that the girl gets the girl, no one dies or turns straight again, and the characters in the film are much more realistic than those you normally see in a romantic comedy.
LH: Yeah, I think what strengthens it is that Piper doesn’t sort of go, “Now I’m a big lesbian!” It’s just that she’s fallen in love. And I like that Luce is steady and makes no excuse for who she is, “that’s who I am” kind of thing. I love that about it. When I was doing press in America I was asked if I thought Luce was repressed [pulls a silly face]! I really don’t. She’s just stuck, she can’t do anything. She can’t run in and shout “I love you!” I was actually really shocked at that comment, you know!