Rachel Weisz (‘Black Widow’): “I Enjoyed Being A Spy, But What I Liked The Most Was The Love Story With Alexei”

We speak to the actress, who plays Melina Vostokoff in Natasha Romanoff’s (Scarlett Johansson) solo film. The film hits theaters and Disney + (via Premium Access) this Friday, July 9.

Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) carries among fans of Marvel Cinematic Universe ten years. After so long, fans of the franchise will learn about its mysterious past in Black widow. And that means finding out who his family was before joining the Avengers. Also know of the existence of other black widows who, like her, were trained in the Red Room to become the best spies and the deadliest. One of them is Melina vostokoff, played by Rachel Weisz.

The winner of the Oscar a Best Supporting Actress for The loyal gardener in 2006 it is already part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Black widow, directed by Cate Shortland, hits theaters and Disney + (through Acceso Premium with additional cost) this Friday, July 9th. Besides being a spy and scientist, Melina is the adoptive mother of Natasha and Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh). He was also a couple of Alexei Shostakov/Red Guardian (David Harbor), the Soviet response to Captain America. We caught up with Weisz about what it’s been like to be part of an action movie, what he’s liked best about his role, and if we’re looking at another golden age of movies starring women.

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This is your first job in the superhero film genre.

That’s right, although when you start from a great script and you have a director as brilliant as Cate and actors of the stature of Scarlett, Florence or David, it doesn’t matter what genre you work in.

What did you like the most about playing Melina Vostokoff?

Obviously I enjoyed playing a spy and taking part in the action scenes, but what I liked the most was the love story with Alexei Shostakov. It doesn’t matter if Alexei has aged and gained a bit, because Melina will always be in love with him.

Rachel Weisz as Melina Vostokoff in ‘Black Widow’.

Did you learn some Russian for the role?

Just a few words, although what I did have to do is learn to speak English with a Russian accent.

Black widow has a lot of feminine energy. Do you think we are facing a golden age of films starring women?

Well, in the 30s, 40s and 50s there were already many great films starring women, but then I don’t know what happened. Now it seems that we are in another good moment, although I do not want to forget the great contribution of David Harbor in this film, because it is also very important.

Speaking of David Harbor, the truth is that you have great chemistry with him on screen. Did you improvise some of those moments?

Yes, because David is a great improviser. My biggest challenge was to avoid laughing so as not to spoil the shot, since he is so funny. Also, Melina has no sense of humor, which in a way is also funny.

You participate in various action scenes. How was the physical aspect of the shoot for you?

I really enjoyed the action. In a way it’s like a dance, and I like that. Fortunately we had a great team around us who helped us with everything and made it simple.

The whole family. From left to right: Rachel Weisz as Melina Vostokoff, David Harbor as Alexei Shostakov, Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova and Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff.

Black widow finally it is released in the cinema.

Well, we all know what’s been going on in our world over the last year and a half, so I’m glad Marvel waited for people to be able to enjoy this movie at the cinema.

Why do you think superhero cinema is so popular with a large audience of all ages?

I do not know, it is just because it manages to escape to an attractive fantasy world that hooks you, where it does not matter how old you are.

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