IAR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Dominik Garcia-Lorido Talks 'Wild Card'

Thursday, 05 February 2015 22:17 Written by  Jami Philbrick
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IAR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Dominik Garcia-Lorido Talks 'Wild Card'

Actress Dominik Garcia-Lorido is successfully following in her famous father’s footsteps. 

Daughter of Academy Award-nominated actor Andy Garcia (A Dark Truth, At Middleton, Rob the Mob), Garcia-Lorido made her big screen debut at the age of 12 alongside her father in Steal Big Steal Little. She made her return to the cinema ten years later in The Lost City, which also marked her dad’s directorial debut. She would later receive critical acclaim for her role in City Island, playing the daughter of Andy Garcia’s character. Garcia-Lorido has also had success on the small screen playing Mercedes Lazaro on the popular Starz series Magic City. But now the actress can be seen in the new action film Wild Card, which was written by Academy Award-winning screenwriter William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All The President’s Men) and directed by Simon West (The Expendables 2). 

Wild Card stars Jason Statham (Homefront) as Nick Wild, a Las Vegas bodyguard with lethal skills and a gambling problem. After Nick’s ex-girlfriend Holly (Garcia-Lorido) is assaulted by a mob boss’ nephew (Milo Ventimiglia), she asks Nick to help her get revenge. In addition to Statham, Garcia-Lorido, and Ventimigila, the movie features a fantastic cast that includes Michael Angarano (The Brass Teapot), Max Casella (Inside Llewyn Davis), Jason Alexander (Pretty Woman), Hope Davis (Real Steel), Anne Heche (That’s What She Said), Sofia Vergara (Fading Gigolo), and Academy Award-nominee Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire). 

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Dominik Garcia-Lorido about her work on Wild Card. The talented young actress discussed her new movie, working with Jason Statham, being in an action film, William Goldman’s dialogue, her role, her character’s motivations, shooting difficult scenes with Milo Ventimigila, and director Simon West

Here is what Dominik Garcia-Lorido had to say about Wild Card:

IAR: To begin with, what was it like working with Jason Statham on Wild Card?

Dominik Garcia-Lorido: I just felt like I was very really lucky because he’s a legend in making some of the best action sequences in cinema. He was really sweet. He made me feel really comfortable and it was a joy to work with him. He’s totally a gentleman. I felt very comfortable with him. 

Were you a fan of action movies to begin with, and was this a genre of film that you’ve always wanted to be a part of? 

Garcia-Lorido: For me I didn’t even think of it so much as an action movie and I think the movie looks more action driven than the actual script was. The dialogue in the movie I thought was really strong and of course was written by William Goldman. The opportunity to appear in a William Goldman script is very rare. For me it was all about the writing.

William Goldman is one of the greatest screenwriters in cinema history. As an actress, what was it like for you to be reciting his words?

Garcia-Lorido: Saying his words is like … you don’t want to miss a word. When you do a new play and there’s dialogue that doesn’t feel real, you can put it in your own words because you’re doing a play. You can kind of get away with that a little bit in a play, but not on a movie set. You can’t do that. It’s kind of sacrilegious to do that. 

Can you talk about your character Holly and the revenge that fuels her actions?

Garcia-Lorido: She’s the female lead of the movie. She changes the movie. In the script I think the scenes were different. They were longer and a lot more character based. But it’s my first female lead in a movie. I always look at the quality of the character and the arc of the character. Everyone has had that feeling. It’s a human feeling to want to get back at somebody. You just have to personalize in a way that makes sense to you, even if it’s not specific to the situation on the paper. She’s not evil. 

You have some very difficult scenes to perform with actor Milo Ventimiglia. Can you talk about how you emotionally prepared for those sequences?

Garcia-Lorido: They were hard you know. In my final scene with him, it’s a very delicate scene. We rehearsed it a lot. We shot a lot of takes and a lot of angles. Milo gave me a lot to work. It’s really nice when you have an actor giving you their best every time, even when they’re off camera. I really appreciated that. I think there’s a saying about how you should be even better off camera. It’s like actor’s etiquette.     

Finally, what was it like working with director Simon West?

Garcia-Lorido: I love Simon. He’s so sweet. He really pitched in for me. He saw my tape and he gave me a chance at the lead. You can tell he’s very experienced in this kind of genre. 

Wild Card opens in theaters on January 30th. 

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