How was it working with such a strong cast that included Emma Watson, David Thewlis, David Dencik and Lothaire Bluteau?
HAWKE: The whole cast was great. They surrounded me with these amazing people. There’s the guy who plays Emma’s father, David Dencik. Emma Watson is my kids’ favorite actor on the planet. They never took me more seriously than when I was working with her. David Thewlis is one of the great actors. He gave one of my favorite performances of all time in Naked. Lothaire Bluteau, who plays the priest, gives another one of my favorite performances in Jesus of Montreal. So, I was surrounded with great people.
Is there a moment you’ll always remember from working on Regression?
HAWKE: I enjoyed meeting Emma. I have a soft spot in my heart for child actors growing up. I know how hard that is. Having gone through that experience myself, I have a lot of sensitivity to it. For lack of a better word, I just feel like I love these kids, and I want them all to grow up and love themselves, and not get caught up in the wrong things, and to learn all the different things this profession has to give, and to understand it. I know that it’s impossible for them not to know that it’s an incredibly hard road ahead for them. It’s not going to be easy. It’s interesting to work with Emma so quickly after Harry Potter. When we shot this movie, it wasn’t that long after Harry Potter was finished, and it’s knowing that’s a big transition in her life. She’s a very talented young woman. In a way, that’s what I’ll take away. It’s interesting to get older and realize that part of your job growing up in this profession is to help the next generation. More and more, with Boyhood and with Ellar Coltrane and with Emma, I start to see that role. There’s no better way. Nobody wants advice, so you can’t really give it. You just have to try to wish them well on their journey.