Mulholland Dr.

Character: Betty Elms / Diane Selwyn

Directed by: David Lynch

Written by: David Lynch

Produced by: Neal Edelstein, Tony Krantz, Michael Polaire, Alain Sarde, Mary Sweeney

Cast Members: Laura Elena Harring, Jeanne Bates, Dan Birnbaum

Released date: October 19, 2001

Genre: Drama, Mystery

Duration: 2h 27min

After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.

→ Beware what you dream for…
→ An actress longing to be a star. A woman searching for herself. Both worlds will collide… on Mulholland Drive.
→ A Love Story In The City Of Dreams
→ A woman in search of stardom. A woman in search of herself – in the city of dreams. A key to a mystery – lies somewhere on Mulholland Drive.

♦ On a particularly bad day of auditioning in Hollywood before she landed the role, Naomi Watts was driving along Mulholland Drive and imagined herself turning the wheel and going over the edge to her death. After ten years of getting nowhere and largely being ignored by casting directors, Watts was shocked that not only did director David Lynch meet her in person but he asked her questions about herself and she immediately felt relaxed. She was so moved by their conversation, she almost burst into tears after leaving his office.

Character’s Quotes
It’s strange calling yourself.
It’ll be just like in the movies. Pretending to be somebody else.
You want me to make this easy for you? No fucking way! It’s not gonna be. It’s not easy for me!
She’s letting me stay here while she’s working on a movie that’s being made in Canada. But I guess you already know that. Well, I couldn’t afford a place like this in a million years… unless, of course, I’m discovered and become a movie star. Of course, I’d rather be known as a great actress than a movie star. But, you know, sometimes people end up being both. So that is, I guess you’d say, sort of why I came here.

In her words…
(on auditioning with David Lynch) “The first time I met David Lynch, I just remember being struck by his voice, his smile, and his all-encompassing energy. I’d spent 10 years auditioning under the radar, dealing with rejection over and over again, and he was just beaming with light, which relaxed me right away. It was like for the first time, somebody was interested in ‘seeing’’ me.
In the early days I didn’t get to pick and choose at all, but I think of my career in two parts, before David Lynch and after. I feel that film is very much a director’s medium, so trusting the director plays an enormous part in the decision-making. I never had to audition again! I know that sounds absurd, but he did give me the most brilliant part that became like a ‘showcase’ for an actor.” [from Vanity Fair – October 14, 2014]

On her performance
♥ “Watts’s face metamorphoses miraculously from fresh-faced beauty to a frenzied, teary scowl of ugliness.” [Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian]
♥ “… Naomi Watts, in a brilliant performance, a young, wide-eyed and grotesquely cheerful blonde, full of high hopes to make it big in Hollywood.” [Emanuel Levy]

Script developed by Never Enough Design