As all cinephiles know, every film noir needs a femme fatale. Like Double Indemnity has Barbara Stanwyck’s Phyllis Dietrichson, the new thriller Manhattan Night has Caroline Crowley—portrayed by actress Yvonne Strahovski.
Manhattan Night—a film that put its own unique modern spin on the classic genre—follows a jaded tabloid journalist Porter Wren (Adrien Brody) struggling to make a living off his print articles in the digital age. But after meeting the enigmatic Caroline, he finds himself enwrapped in her life, simultaneously bedding and helping her solve the mystery of her late husband Simon Crowley’s (Campbell Scott) death.
However, Porter ends up not only putting his life, but that of his wife, Lisa (Jennifer Beals) and kids, in jeopardy for the charming stranger. However, Caroline isn’t your textbook femme fatale because there’s more to her story than meets the eye—and it’s quite a twisted story to say the least.
This isn’t the first time Yvonne Strahovski has played a seductive woman with a complex history. The actress is also known for playing Hannah McKay on Dexter and Sarah Walker on Chuck—both badass ladies with mysterious pasts.
WhoSay talked to the 33-year-old actress about her Manhattan Night role, news consumption in the 21st century, her iconic characters’ possible fates, and more. Check out our exclusive interview below.
WhoSay: Manhattan Night talks a lot about how hardcopy newspapers are being replaced by videos and viral content? Do you personally still read print stories?
Strahovski: I was never really into newspaper reading to begin with. Social media is a system where you follow [what] you’re interested in. Then I read all of the articles off of my phone, basically. But I am a fan of reading books. I can’t seem to get through books online or on any kind of device. I grew up on reading books, holding them in my hand, [and] the smell of the paper. (more…)