Rachel Weisz talks about the love story behind 'Dream House'
Rachel Weisz fell in love with her husband Daniel Craig on the set of "Dream House" and said the dark film was not just a terrifying thriller, as it was grounded in a love story.
"It's very romantic and just unusual," Weisz said of the script in an interview provided by Universal Pictures. "I've never read anything that quite had the same tone of romance and the supernatural and horror and it's a love story as well."
"Dream House" follows a family whose new home becomes their worst nightmare. Will Atenton (Craig) and his wife Libby (Weisz) move their family to New England for a change of pace. But they soon discover a woman and her two daughters were killed in the house, and everyone thinks the father did it. Now the killer is after Atenton's family and he must discover the truth about the murder to protect those he loves.
"I play Libby, Will Atenton's wife. I'm in the suburbs, which is not somewhere I fit into comfortably, but my husband's bought us a big house so I'm happy to be raising the girls there," Weisz said. "I think I'm a bit of a fish out of water but actually, my character never has a scene outside of the house -- I'm in my 'dream house' the whole time."
The movie also stars Naomi Watts as the family's mysterious neighbor, Ann Patterson who knows more than she will admit.
"Ann Patterson, who lives across the street from us is played by Naomi Watts and throughout the film, she knows the secret of Will's identity and the secret of the murders," Weisz continued. "She basically knows the story that the audience won't know, so you need an actress who can portray a lot of reactions and a lot of sensitivity because you will sense from her that there is something troubling her and there is a secret but she won't say what and I think that's something Naomi can portray with great delicacy. She's got a lot of complexity and she's the kind of actress that you can just see things float across her face without having dialogue because she can't say it."
The film was directed by six-time Oscar nominated director Jim Sheridan, who helmed "Brothers," "In America," "In the Name of the Father" and "My Left Foot."
"Jim Sheridan is directing this movie and what he brings to this film that is unique is Jim Sheridan," Weisz said of Sheridan, laughing. "He's the most unique human being I've ever come across in my whole life. He's a story teller."
In June, Weisz, 41, and Craig, 43, tied the knot in a low-key wedding in upstate New York, spokespeople for both stars told OnTheRedCarpet.com at the time. Just four people attended the wedding - Daniel's daughter Ella, 18, Weisz's son Henry, 5, and two friends.
Filming for "Dream House" began in January 2010 and around the end of last year, the two were photographed in public and were said to have spent Christmas together.
In mid-2010, Weisz and boyfriend Darren Aronofsky, Henry's father and the director of the ballet thriller "Black Swan," broke up after nine years together.
Craig split from girlfriend Satsuki Mitchell, a producer, last year as well. Ella's mother is Craig's ex-wife, Scottish actress Fiona Louson. The two were married between 1992 and 1994.
Weisz played Evelyn in the "Mummy" action films and also starred in the 2008 romantic comedy "Definitely, Maybe" as well as the thriller "The Lovely Bones." She won an Oscar for her role in the 2005 film "The Constant Gardener." Craig starred in James Bond films such as "Casino Royale" and "Quantum of Solace" and appeared in the recent sci-fi western "Cowboys & Aliens." He will next star in the upcoming remake of "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo."