“My character is more than mean, she’s really evil,” Weisz said. “She is a pathological liar, she’s a narcissist, an egomaniac and a megalomaniac. It was a fun idea to be playing someone who is really, really bad. I can’t think of any roles that I’ve had like that before.”
“She’s really, really a bad person and she revels in being bad,” said Weisz. “She enjoys it, like the meaner she is the more pleasure she gets. It’s a Disney film, so I shouldn’t say she is ‘turned on’ by evil, but that’s what it is like.”
Directed by Sam Raimi, Oz: The Great and Powerful tells the story of how the small-time circus magician Oscar Diggs — played by James Franco — ends up becoming the infamous Wizard of Oz. He encounters much deserved scrutiny, some provided by Rachel Weisz’s wicked witch of a character. The actress admits it was surprisingly easy to get in touch with her bad side.
“I didn’t do any research at all for this film — I just tapped into my own bad girl,” she said. “I’m as bad as the next person, but that’s the thing about real life — we have to control ourselves. The fun thing about being an actor is that you get to be a kid again and children can be quite mean to each other, and that’s what it’s like being an actor. It’s like a playpen — you get to act out stuff that you are not allowed to do in real life. But I don’t think I got rid of my demons or anything. This film is just not serious, it’s fun. My demons are all still there.”
Rachel Weisz and Co. are set to hit a silver screen near you come March 8. While you’re waiting, check out the trailer and be on the lookout for even more promotional material.