NYGossipGirl caught up with Stephen Dorff at the New York premiere of his new movie Somewhere. The 37-year-old plays Johnny Marco, a Hollywood bad-boy who’s stumbling through a life of excess at the Chateau Marmont when he unexpectedly gets a visit from his 11-year-old daughter (Elle Fanning). Dorff chatted about his role, working with Fanning and Sophia Coppola.
NYGossipGirl: How did you land this fantastic role?
Dorff: Sophia called me up, I read the script and then I jumped on a plane to Paris and kind of just had a week where we talked and had dinners with some mutual friends. I think she was observing me and at the end of that week I had the role.
NYGossipGirl: I talked with Elle and she said you were practically stalking her before production started, like going to her game and getting into your father-daughter roles.
Dorff: [Laughs] Yeah, we were doing all kinds of fun stuff, going to volleyball games, making pottery. I learned a lot through Elle and we went to a couple of cool spots that I can now take my sisters to. Because I don’t think you would ever picture me in Color Me Mine. I’m happy to have gotten that experience and I loved all the family around this film when we were making it. I loved Sophia there with her kids there and Elle, my friend’s son. Our producer’s about to have a baby. It’s exciting. I’m getting old, I better have a kid soon.
NYGossipGirl: How did you prepare for the role?
Dorff: Just everything, you know. Just checking into that hotel as Johnny Marco and trying to create an iconic movie star.
NYGossipGirl: And you look amazing, who are you wearing?
Dorff: Well this is Tom Ford. He’s been very gracious for making me suits for all the premieres starting with Venice. And you can’t really complain, it’s pretty awesome. When you work with Sophia you get all these fancy clothes too.
Edited: December 23rd, 2010