Rebecca Hall & Lauren Lapkus Interview: Holmes & Watson

Rebecca Hall has starred in a wide range of films from Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige, to Ron Howard’s Frost/Nixon, to Shane Black’s Iron Man 3. In her latest film, Holmes & Watson, starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly as Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson, she plays Dr. Grace Hart.

Lauren Lapkus is a comedian and actress best known for playing Susan Fischer on Netflix’s Orange is the New Black. She has also guest starred on such shows as Comedy Central’s Key & Peele, Fox’s Lucifer, and CBS’s The Big Bang Theory. Her latest project is the film comedy Holmes & Watson, where she plays the character of Millie.

Screen Rant: So, with a movie like this, you read the script and there's some parts in it that are kind of pushing boundaries and some parts that are awkward, is it an easy yes? Or do you go, “I got to think about this one?”

Lauren Lapkus: It was an easy yes for me. I was thrilled to get to work with these people and do this movie.

Screen Rant: With A-listers.

Lauren Lapkus: Yeah, yeah. So exciting.

Rebecca Hall: I'm a big believer in trying to do a lot of different genres and different types of things as an actor.  I think it makes you stronger as an actor. I have really, for a long time, wanted to do some quite extreme comedy, not just more like drama-comedy.

Screen Rant: So, when you say extreme comedy, there's a few things. And probably one thing that people will talk about is this autopsy scene.

Rebecca Hall: Yeah. One of the great erotic scenes of cinema.

Screen Rant: Is that something you go into like apprehensive about? Or wondering how the audience is going to react to it? Or you're like, “Oh, I can't wait to try this out?”

Rebecca Hall: I thought it was a really good gag, from the get go. So, in the many ways, that was the thing that sold it for me. I was like, “Oh, that's, that's, you know.”

Rebecca Hall, Lauren Lapkus, Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly in Holmes and Watson

Screen Rant: Right. And speaking of awkward, what would you say your kiss, how does it rank in cinematic history? And how many takes did you have to do to get that right?

Lauren Lapkus: I think it ranks as the hottest kiss ever. Just outside of movies. Just in life. And it was-- We did a bunch, but just trying to find that perfect--

Rebecca Hall: People got pregnant.

Lauren Lapkus: Yeah, yeah. I think many people did. It was wild. It was, yeah, it was a scientific breakthrough. It was really cool, just getting to a lick each other [LAUGHS]. No, it was a very awkward kiss. And definitely one of the worst kisses of my life.

Screen Rant: Do you feel like he's going to react the same way? Give me the same answer when I ask him?

Lauren Lapkus: I hope so. I hope he’s had better kisses than that. Because I would feel bad for him [CHUCKLES].

Screen Rant: Now, this is obviously a fun and silly movie, and you laugh when you watch it. But do you think that some people are going to find a reason to speak out against certain topics or certain statements? And do you look forward to bantering that? Or do you just go, look the other way?

Rebecca Hall: It's set in the Victorian Era. So, anything that is saying about the current moment is completely… What's the word I'm looking for? Circumstantial.

Lauren Lapkus: Yeah. And I think it's so light hearted and absurd, that if anyone takes it too seriously. Then that’s their problem.

Screen Rant: Speaking of the Victorian Era, the wardrobe was pretty, I don't know how accurate, I didn't live in a Victorian era, but undercarriages and stuff, how long does it take to get ready? And does that hinder your performance at all?

Rebecca Hall: We’re in there are about 24 hours before shooting.

Lauren Lapkus: It was a lot of effort.

Rebecca Hall: A long time.

Lauren Lapkus: We had people helping us get into our clothes and they were—

Rebecca Hall: Two people. Sometimes three.

Lauren Lapkus: Yeah. And the costumes were all made totally to the time.

John C. Reilly, Rebecca Hall, Lauren Lapkus, and Will Ferrell in Holmes and Watson

Screen Rant: So, do you have to really consider it before you need a pee break in something like that?

Lauren Lapkus: Yeah, it's a whole to do. And that definitely helped keep our attitudes.

Screen Rant: So, this movie is coming out here. Most of the world's going to see it on Christmas Day because when it comes out. Is there a holiday message you'd like everyone to take away from this film?

Lauren Lapkus: I think it's a fun movie to see with your family and that's why it's great that it's coming out on Christmas. Because you can take everyone and not feel—

Rebecca Hall: Don’t take yourself too seriously.

Lauren Lapkus: Yeah. That's the message.

Screen Rant: Alright. Thank you very much. Enjoy your day.

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Key Release Dates
  • Holmes and Watson (2018) release date: Dec 25, 2018
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