Friday the 2nd of February marks the release of the Oscar-nominated Phantom Thread into cinemas. We had the honour of sitting down with the film’s leading lady, Vicky Krieps to discuss the film.
Featuring what is said to be Daniel Day-Lewis’ final performance before he retires from acting, Phantom Thread is set in the glamour of 1950’s post-war London. Renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) are at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutants and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Women come and go through Woodcock’s life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma (Vicky Krieps), who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love. With his latest film, Paul Thomas Anderson paints an illuminating portrait both of an artist on a creative journey and the women who keep his world running.
Phantom Thread is Paul Thomas Anderson’s eighth movie and his second collaboration with Daniel Day-Lewis.
Krieps goes into detail about exactly what it was that resonated with her about Paul Thomas Anderson’s film that enticed her into the role. She also discusses how she mentally prepared for her first meeting with Daniel Day-Lewis, who had already spent months in character as Reynolds Woodcocks, and how, with minimal rehearsal time she managed to develop her role as Reynolds’ muse, Alma.
PHANTOM THREAD releases in UK cinemas 2nd February