Kate Bosworth 

On #MeToo, passion projects and the premiere of her new film NONA at the Sun Valley Film Festival

Kate Bosworth has spent much of her life on film sets. From her debut in 1998 to her breakout performance in Blue Crush in 2002, she has portrayed everyone from Lois Lane (Superman Returns) to Sandra Dee (Beyond the Sea). A fashion icon, Bosworth was the "face" of Calvin Klein jeans and the luxury brand Coach, and she has her own line of jewelry. However, it's her work as a producer that earned her the Pioneer Award, which she will accept at the 2018 Sun Valley Film Festival, where she is hosting the U.S. premiere of her new film, NONA.

I would be remiss if I didn't first ask about some of the behind-the-scenes drama in the film industry, particularly considering the #MeToo movement. Have you heard any tangible shift in conversations or seen any change in work ethics?

I've certainly noticed a heightened awareness and accountability in behavior. I think what's most important out of the movement is a deeper look into ourselves and how something might make another person feel. This all comes at a time when we're able to hide behind our devices and say things without repercussion. There are consequences to making someone feel a certain way or doing something without thought.

As an actress, and more importantly as a producer, what stories do you want to tell now?

I want to make movies that matter, stories that speak to people and hopefully bring some light to a subject matter that might not be as known to a majority. That was certainly the hope and drive behind NONA.

Those of us who've spent time reporting on human trafficking know NONA is slang for "no name," and refers to the countless women and children who have no name, no identity. What made you choose that topic for your film?

My husband [director/screenwriter Michael Polish] and I heard a story on NPR that spoke to the number of known sex houses in the Los Angeles area. It was shocking because some were not so far from our house. Quite frankly, one of the reasons that human trafficking is one of the most profitable things on the black market is that people can be seen as disposable. They're cheap. Yet, when I speak to people who are informed, there's not a whole lot they can speak to about human trafficking, even though it's one of the world's biggest epidemics. For Michael and me, it was important to make a movie that is first and foremost about humanity.

Is it your sense that audiences are hungry for this kind of a film?

People crave to be connected; they crave a feeling of validity. We've hit a moment of saturation where we can pick up a device, swipe right and see that 64 people were killed in a suicide bomb, then swipe again and find a restaurant you'd like to eat at. Are we desensitized? It's something I think of quite a bit. But I do think people are looking for something where they can make a difference. My husband was in San Pedro Sula [Honduras], one of the most poverty-stricken cities on the planet, and he saw these long lines. He asked, "Are those bread lines, or lines for employment?" They were lines of people who had come to identify the dead. That alone may lead a young girl to think she needs to get out of her own circumstance, but it could lead her to a very dangerous predicament. So, we thought by starting with a small personal story of a young girl and her dreams, that would lead us to the story of NONA.

Can I assume you relish the opportunity to come to Sun Valley and spend time with people who want to see good films and budding filmmakers who want to make good movies?

I'm sure you hear this a lot, but it's a miracle to get a movie made, particularly something that deals with a difficult subject matter and is a real labor of love. This is why we make the movies we do.

You're currently in production for your next film. What can you tell us about it?

I just came from the set. It's called The Devil Has a Name. You'll probably see it in 2019. It's a spectacular experience. I'm co-starring with Pablo Schreiber, Alfred Molina, David Strathairn and Martin Sheen. It's a bit of a master class.

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