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How Virginia Corridor ‘Impressed’ The Actor Who Performed Her – Hollywood Life

‘A Name To Spy’ explores the lifetime of Virginia Corridor, America’s high feminine spy throughout WWII. HL spoke EXCLUSIVELY with Sarah Megan Thomas about bringing Virginia’s story to life and her largest ‘problem’ when filming.

A Name To Spy is out in choose theaters and On Demand now. The movie facilities across the formation of the SOE [Special Operations Executive], which recruited and skilled ladies as spies throughout WWII. A kind of spies was the legendary Virginia Corridor, performed by Sarah Megan Thomas, an formidable American with a picket leg.

HollywoodLife talked EXCLUSIVELY with Sarah about moving into character, how she prepped for scenes, and extra. Sarah admitted that Virginia has “impressed” her a lot relating to how she needs to dwell her life “going ahead.” Learn our Q&A under.

Sarah Megan Thomas
Sarah Megan Thomas stars as Virginia Corridor. (IFC Movies)

How a lot do you know about Virginia Corridor whenever you initially took on this function? 
Sarah Megan Thomas: I knew nothing about Virginia Corridor after I initially took on this function. After I began doing the analysis, and I used to be like, my gosh, this girl was so unbelievable. I imply, she was the spy the Nazis dubbed probably the most harmful of all Allied spies interval. Klaus Barbie got here to hunt her in Leon, and but I’d by no means heard of her. She’s not within the historical past books, in order that’s why I feel that is such an essential film.

Via your analysis, what was probably the most shocking factor you discovered about Virginia? 
Sarah Megan Thomas: I feel it was so shocking how a lot she truly did, how highly effective she was. From discovering protected homes, organizing jail breaks, build up the native resistance plans, handing out cash, she was the individual in energy in Leon working the entire thing so to talk, by the tip of the conflict. I didn’t know she was that important in her spy effort till I began doing the analysis as a result of it goes again to the why hadn’t I examine her or discovered about her earlier than. She was awarded like each award you can probably be awarded, just like the Distinguished Service Cross for bravery.

With the analysis, how did you method that? Did you communicate with dwelling kin?
Sarah Megan Thomas: I spoke to dwelling kin, and I had her spy recordsdata from the OSS and the SOE. I spoke to folks on the CIA as a result of she was the primary girl to work for the CIA after the conflict. I feel the problem was with the spy recordsdata, I had her phrases or letters, how she was perceived, but it surely was extra formal. How do you as an actress get to be inner? As a result of there weren’t press interviews that she gave or video recordings, and he or she is an actual individual. So talking with Linda, Lorna, and Brad Catling, who’re dwelling kin, helped me get a bit inkling into her character and in addition perceive the extent of the ache she was in along with her limbs as a result of she had a picket leg. I felt like that was an enormous a part of her being, and I wished to get that proper.

Sarah Megan Thomas
Virginia Corridor was certainly one of WWII’s finest spies. (IFC Movies)

What was it like to move your self again to that period? What was the transformation course of like? 
Sarah Megan Thomas: For Virginia, particularly, it was placing on the picket leg. So even in my shut up, even after I was off-camera appearing with different folks, I wished to have the leg on. We had an actual picket leg tied to my again, after which my again went out due to that so we made it Styrofoam. However discovering that picket leg actually helped me hook into the character and the time interval. However then, as well as, I listened to Churchill’s conflict speeches. After they gave me my five-minute warning, I’d put my earphones in, and that’s what I might do. I might hearken to his voice, and the stakes of the conflict actually introduced me there. Kim Jennings, the manufacturing designer on this movie, simply knocked it out of the park. The units had been simply so actual that you simply felt you had been there routinely.

Though Virginia was from a special period, how has she impressed you right this moment? 
Sarah Megan Thomas: She’s impressed me a lot when it comes to how I need to dwell my life shifting ahead. She is somebody who heard the phrase ‘no’ so many instances in her life. She believed in a trigger, she thought she had a calling, and he or she stopped at nothing to meet her calling, which was to cease the Nazis. For me, I hope that I can do the identical factor in my life when I’ve one thing that I imagine strongly in. I feel that’s a very good message.

You additionally wrote the film’s unique screenplay, along with producing and appearing within the movie. What was it like juggling so many hats? 
Sarah Megan Thomas: Not going to lie, that was a very large problem on this for me, particularly, as a result of as a author, and producer, you get to be in your head. You’re doing the analysis two steps forward, juggling any issues folks have, and fixing issues. As an actress, it’s important to let that go and be within the second. For me, the trick was having my five-minute name actually be a five-minute name and taking off the producer-writer hat, respiratory, and placing on these speeches to only sort of make clear and go. However I do assume there was a bit little bit of a bonus too. As a result of I wrote the screenplay, I actually intimately understood Virginia as a result of I’d achieved a lot analysis on her.

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