Posted on Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 by Steven Prokopy
Over the past decade, actress Katherine Waterston has built up a solid filmography of work that had made her one of the most eclectic and reliable performers around. After years of theater work and taking meaty supporting roles in such films as Michael Clayton (her first film), Taking Woodstock, Robot & Frank (as well as a semi-regular role on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire), she made an impressive showing as Shasta Ray Hepworth in writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2014 marvel Inherent Vice, which effectively opened the flood gates for Waterston to take roles in Alex Ross Perry’s Queen of Earth, Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs, Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant, Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky, and in Jonah Hill’s directing debut Mid90s, in rapid succession. But it’s her work as young witch (and agent for the Magical Congress of the United States of America) Tina Goldstein in 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and last year’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald that have garnered her worldwide attention.
Between her Potterverse obligations, Waterston has managed to squeeze in a few smaller-scale movies, including her current release State Like Sleep, from writer-director Meredith Danluck (North of South, West of East), in which she plays a woman whose actor husband (Michiel Huisman) died unexpectedly a year earlier and she is only now dealing with the emotional consequences. The film co-stars Michael Shannon as an unexpectedly helpful neighbor, and Luke Evans as her husband’s oldest friend. The piece begins as a mystery but turns into a genuinely moving film about grief and coping, and it’s these hidden themes that particularly intrigued Waterston about the role.