Kristen talks about the relationship her character, Marylou, and Garrett Hedlund’s character, Dean, had in OTR:
“They really are ‘simpatico.’ It was a tumultuous relationship. And it’s hard to love like that, but they were so in love with each other and you don’t know this from reading the book, but they stayed lovers until the end of his life.”
“He kind of raised her and she always had a place in his heart, even though there were a lot of spots in that heart, but she was definitely one in the center and the same goes the other way around. They both helped each other grow up.”
Later in the interview, Kristen speaks about the long process it took to make OTR into a movie and why she thinks now is a good time for it to be hitting theaters:
“I think it’s a good time to see this story visually because we are not shocked by some of the things that we were so shocked by before and it would have veiled it. It would have been so shocking seeing people doing drugs and having sex that you wouldn’t have seen the spirit of [On the Road]. You wouldn’t have seen the message behind it. Maybe it would have been good because it would have forced people to look, but maybe they weren’t able to do it then.”
Kristen also expressed why young people can relate to the characters in the film/book:
“At that stage of your life there’s so much ahead of you, at least it feels that way. At that age you need to have a faith and feelings you can’t articulate yet because at some point you need to hold onto them and you’ll find the words to describe them.”
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