Laura Dern has quite the year on her slate. The actress best-known for her role as the tenacious paleobotanist Ellie Sattler in Jurassic Park is appearing in three feature films this year including Star Wars: The Last Jedi, as well as two television series, and a TV mini-series such as HBO’s Big Little Lies, and the revival of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks.
While promoting her new film Wilson — which hits theaters this Friday — Dern spoke to Collider about the film as well as the numerous other projects she is involved with but what was especially interesting was her comments on working with director Rian Johnson on the next chapter in the Skywalker saga. The actress praised the director as she dished on how character focused he remained in the midst of directing such a big budget spectacle film:
“Oh, he’s the guy. He’s the guy to watch. To me, I’ve never seen anything like it. Comfort on an enormous movie, improvisation, ‘Try that, try that!’ There’s a lot of people weighing in on creating character and looks, and things are so iconic, and sets, and he’s still in the world of character. ‘How do you feel? What do you think? How do you want it?’ I mean, to everybody. But he’s just amazing, and he’ll do radically beautiful things, and I also feel like he’s one of the people I’ll work with again and again, because we just loved each other. We had dinner recently and he was telling me an idea that was just so crazy and indie and I just love that’s he’s a radical.”
To read the full interview with Dern where she gives her thoughts on reuniting with Lynch in the Twin Peaks revival, her role on Big Little Lies and her appearance in The Last Man on Earth, head on over to Collider.
Dern can currently be seen on Big Little Lies and will cap off her year with Star Wars: The Last Jedi when it hits theaters on December 15, 2017.