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Elisabeth Moss Recalls ‘Girl, Interrupted’ Set Division: ‘Not Cool Enough’ for Angelina Jolie Camp

Elisabeth Moss reminisced about her early days in Hollywood during an interview on Kelly Ripa’s “Let’s Talk Off Camera” podcast, shedding light on the divided atmosphere offset of the 1999 film “Girl, Interrupted.”

Moss, who was only 15 at the time, starred alongside Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie in James Mangold’s drama. Reflecting on the experience, Moss revealed that the tension between Ryder’s and Jolie’s characters transcended onto the set, dividing the cast into two camps. Moss found herself in the Winona Ryder camp, admitting to feeling intimidated by the Angelina Jolie camp, which she believed was “really cool.” Despite feeling out of place, Moss expressed her admiration for Jolie, stating, “I’ve spoken to Angelina since then and she’s lovely, but at the time it was just incredibly intimidating.”

The rift between the two camps was evident, as even Winona Ryder, who played the lead role and was an executive producer, admitted to not forming a close bond with Jolie during filming. Based on Susanna Kaysen’s memoir, the film followed Ryder’s character, an 18-year-old with borderline personality disorder, as she navigated life in a psychiatric hospital, where she meets Jolie’s character, Lisa Rowe.

For Moss, the experience of working on “Girl, Interrupted” was both exhilarating and overwhelming. She described being on set with the likes of Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie as akin to being “dropped into the Wizard of Oz,” highlighting the awe she felt working alongside such talented actresses.

This reflection offers a glimpse behind the scenes of a film that not only captivated audiences but also left a lasting impression on its cast.

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