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Dolly De Leon on ‘Ghostlight’, ‘Between The Temples’, and Filmmaking Differences

Hello, and welcome to the Scene 2 Seen Podcast!

Today, Valerie Complex, an associate editor and film writer at Deadline, chats with Dolly De Leon, a veteran stage and screen actress from the Philippines, whose star is on the rise in Hollywood.

De Leon gained international acclaim with her performance in Ruben Östlund’s 2022 feature “Triangle of Sadness,” which won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. The film was released in theaters by Neon, marking a significant milestone in her career.

De Leon’s outstanding performance in “Triangle of Sadness” earned her the Best Supporting Actor prize from the LA Film Critics Association. She also received nominations for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. These distinctions made her the first Filipino to be nominated in an acting category at either association.

Recently, De Leon continued her cinematic journey with the Filipino box office hit “A Very Good Girl,” co-starring Kathryn Bernardo. She also starred in the drama “Keys To The Heart,” where she plays the mother of an autistic piano virtuoso, now streaming on Netflix. Additionally, she featured in “The Missing,” the first feature-length animated film to play at the Cinemalaya festival. “The Missing” won Best Film at the festival, and De Leon received Best Supporting Actress and a special NETPAC award for her performance. This film was also selected as the official Oscar entry for the Philippines this year.

De Leon’s future projects include Paul Feig’s feature film “Grand Theft Lotto,” starring Awkwafina and Simu Liu, and Amazon’s series “Nine Perfect Strangers.” She is also involved in two indie films: Nathan Silver’s “Between The Temples,” starring Jason Schwartzman, and “Ghostlight,” co-directed by Kelly O’Sullivan and Alex Thompson. Both films premiered at Sundance 2024.

With a classical theater background, De Leon has appeared in over 30 stage productions, ranging from Shakespeare to Harold Pinter to Samuel Beckett. Her contributions to the theater community in the Philippines have won her numerous accolades. In film and TV, she has collaborated with renowned Filipino directors such as Lav Diaz in “Historya Ni Ha” and Erik Matti in the HBO anthology series “Folklore,” where she played the leading role. She also won the 2020 best supporting actress prize at the Philippines’ Academy Awards (FAMAS) for her role in “Verdict.”

In this podcast episode, De Leon talks about her experiences in “Ghostlight” and “Between The Temples.” She also shares her insights on how music and theater can be healing and highlights the main differences between starring in films in the Philippines versus Hollywood.

Source: Deadline