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Mia Wasikowska: "It's more fun to play the baddie"

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Mia Wasikowska commands the screen in Stoker, the new psychological thriller/horror from South Korean director Park Chan-Wook.

She plays India, a reclusive teen who is compulsively drawn to her Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode), a mysterious figure who appears in her home after her father's sudden death.

The film, Chan-Wook's English language debut, co-stars Nicole Kidman as India's neurotic mother but it is Mia who really holds the camera.

The storyline plays out over a series of tantalizingly enigmatic scenes that are threatening in a way that's hard to define. There's a sequence, repeated throughout the film, of a spider crawling up Mia's leg. And a motif of her opening a freezer to discover unknown horrors. The lines between reality and imagination are blurred, making the slow-burning plot all the more sinister.

Mia's character is mesmerising; she's at once oddly childish and unnerving. It's essentially a coming-of-age drama, albeit with a very dark twist.

When we meet with Mia to discuss the film, she says she revelled in playing such a sinister character, branding it "the most dangerous role I've ever played."

She also relished the opportunity of working with Nicole on the movie, describing her fellow Australian actress as a mentor-like figure who was "very sweet, kind and open about her experience of working on film."

Watch the full interview with Mia, below.

Stoker is out in UK cinemas today

Picture credit: Rex Features

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