Holliday Grainger Talks ‘The Finest Hours’ & Acting Choices

Holliday Grainger and the cast of Disney’s “The Finest Hours” were greeted by the U.S. Coast Guard Band, Honor Guard and throngs of fans at the film’s premiere earlier tonight at the TCL Chinese Theater on Hollywood Blvd. The heroic action-thriller opens in U.S. theaters this Friday, January 29. (Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)
Holliday Grainger and the cast of Disney’s “The Finest Hours” were greeted by the U.S. Coast Guard Band, Honor Guard and throngs of fans at the film’s premiere earlier tonight at the TCL Chinese Theater on Hollywood Blvd. The heroic action-thriller opens in U.S. theaters this Friday, January 29. (Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

One of the biggest takeaways from The Finest Hours, which is now playing nationwide, is that Holliday Grainger is a star in the making. Though the meat of the film deals with the true story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s bold rescue of the SS Pendleton, the picture also has a wonderful romantic subplot with Coast Guard Bernie Webber (Chris Pine) and his resilient fiancee Miriam (Grainger).

 


Director Craig Gillespie and his production team build a believable world of 1952 Massachusetts, and Grainger seems right at home in the era. In a movie filled with men struggling to survive on the choppy waters, Grainger holds her own on shore as Miriam gets a healthy amount of screen time.

During the interviews for The Finest Hours, Grainger was self-deprecating regarding her work in the film, and she even credited cinematographer Javier Aguirresarobe for lighting her in beautiful fashion for the film:

He’s an absolute genius. He managed to make – I mean I know when I look tired. You can definitely see (with) the harbor scenes. My eyes, when I’m tired, I think my left eye slightly shrinks, bizarrely . . . but I think somehow he managed to light me so that my bags didn’t show. I don’t know! (laughs) I was tired!

Take a listen below as Holliday Grainger talks about what she looks for when taking on movie roles:

To listen to my review of The Finest Hours, check out CinemAddicts, a new show I’m working on with Anderson Cowan. The first segment of the episode, along with The Finest Hours, contains details on how to enter our weekly Giveaway:

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