Interview: Olivia Thirlby Talks Gender Politics in DREDD
Have you seen Dredd yet? Odds are, probably not. While the ads highlight the beauty of the Slow-Mo drug and the grittiness of the violence, there’s more than meets the eye in this film. I got the chance to sit down with Olivia Thirlby and a handful of other reporters to discuss what she brought to the role and how this Dredd is a cut above that Stallone pick of decades past.
What I found most interesting was her take on the gender politics within the film. In Dredd, you have this stoic, uncorruptable man, and while he’s the title character it’s really the women that do most of the heavy lifting in terms of storytelling. Ma-Ma (played by Lena Headey) is a strong female villain not often seen in film, she’s ruthless, heartless, and a touch mad. Juxtaposed against Thirlby’s Anderson, the green new Judge who’s trying to bring a little grey area to Law and it makes for a very interesting dynamic.
Read the full chat here: