A Minute With: Rachel Weisz on being a "Whistleblower"

Wed Aug 3, 2011 12:34pm EDT
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By Christine Kearney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - British actress Rachel Weisz won an Oscar for her role in "The Constant Gardner," playing a passionate activist whose husband sets out to discover the truth behind her murder.

Now, in "The Whistleblower," she portrays real-life law enforcement officer Kathy Bolkovac, who went to Bosnia on a peacekeeping mission and discovered U.N. officials and others colluding with contractors in human trafficking.

Weisz, 41, spoke to Reuters about the difference between low- and big-budget films, how her marriage to Daniel Craig hasn't affected her fame and why celebrities should be protected from phone hacking.

Q: You first found out about this film in 2006, but it took five years to get to theaters?

A: "I was pregnant and I thought it was an incredible piece of writing and a great script and important story, but I think because I was pregnant it was a little too harrowing for me to deal with at the moment. But I just never forgot it ... I was haunted by it."

Q: What was it about the story that captured you?

A: "It is one of my favorite genres of a film, a kind of thriller that is a David and Goliath story about an ordinary woman doing extraordinary things, like 'Silkwood'... and 'Erin Brockovich.' (They are) just moms who are doing their jobs and come across an injustice and just go after it. They just become unstoppable and they don't realize they are doing something heroic."

Q: Are you interested in international politics?   Continued...

<p>Cast member Rachel Weisz arrives for the premiere of the film "The Lovely Bones" in Hollywood, California December 7, 2009. REUTERS/Jason Redmond</p>