It is a bit of a strange experience, sitting in a hotel to chat to someone whose life you have just seen is shown on a big screen, and relive your greatest triumphs and personal disasters.
Imagine how it feels for “poker Princess” Molly Bloom, to see Jessica Chastain, slip the game into your shoes and present your story in the world, in Molly’s.
It all would have gone quite differently – with a sentence of imprisonment instead of a movie premiere.
You are the first to admit it, and in fact very keen, to do, to say (and seconds after the interview begins): “I think it is important to establish that the difficulties of the last six or seven years were to make my own.
“I never thought I would be here. Especially after he pleaded guilty to a Federal sentence, do not know what the consequences in the long term, that should hold for me. With such an exorbitant debt and no money.
“You know, I messed up have a giant. So to be here in London… it feels very magical and fairy tale-ish. It is an extraordinary moment that was not intended.”
Bloom, a former world-class skier whose athletic career was cut short after an accident, was meant to go to law school. But instead, she device ended up exclusive high-stakes poker games for Hollywood’s elite.
Hundreds of millions of dollars changed hands – says one of the most surreal moments was the time she counted to a million dollars in cash by hand.
But for all the richness and excitement of that life style, it was a very dark side. She was beaten by the Russian mafia, started using drugs and had seized their assets, after 2011, an FBI RAID.
Two years later, she was arrested in New York, and it was loaded with, you will benefit from hosting illegal games.
She was among more than 30 people the game and money laundering operation, loaded with a variety of offences around a huge, illegal fortune. Flower faced sentenced up to five years in prison, but after entering a plea deal was sentenced to probation and fined.
After that, Bloom wrote a book with their experiences, and then your “favorite author” Aaron Sorkin approached to adapt it for the big screen.
The first time Bloom saw, was watching the film at the Toronto Film Festival earlier this year – in an audience, along with hundreds of other people, you, as you watched someone else play her.
“It was very emotional,” she says emphatically. “I don’t know why I wanted to do it this way.
“The studio and Aaron told me to sit down and see it with my family in an empty theatre. I said, ‘no, I’m just going to see, go see it in Toronto’. With 2,000 People. And then there was a moment, five minutes, sitting in this theatre, where I was like, what was I supposed to think? This is crazy. And how I will over the next two hours and 25 minutes, because I feel like I can’t breathe.
“But halfway into the opening scene I was watching just a movie. And I was able to get outside of myself – although I could not possibly personal Luggage, and more. I was only able to watch an extraordinary film. And then there is of course something deeply connective and emotional experience, when the audience is experiencing these things with you.
“Your scariest moments, your darkest nights. Their greatest triumphs. And you are with them. You cry at the sad parts, and laugh. It was a cathartic experience for me. Because they suffer alone, most of the time. Even if there are people to help you, you have to suffer, with an audience, you will not triumph with the audience. But this was. And it was a special night.”
She confesses her life felt stranger than fiction “all the time”.
“Getting the book published and the Film was not an easy task,” she says. “But it has helped. Because to explain even if it is a difficult life, I lived it.
“So I knew it was a real story there and it’s something we have not seen. Because there were these moments, the constantly – ” is this real life? This feels like a movie’.”
The a side of this story is, what the “cinematic wish-fulfillment” with “makeovers, shopping sprees, a lot of money, access to prominent calls”.
Flowers adds: “But the greatest moments for me were when you calculated this risk, the chances so against them.
“You’re going against the billionaire boys’ club, or try to find their way into something they have no basis, and it is bigger than anything you’ve ever imagined – and then you have to actually work. The risk pan out. It has taught me to be very fearless – maybe too fearless in the end”.
But although the others had talk with her about the project, asked questions Sorkin, “significantly different”.
“He wanted to know about my relationship with my father. He wanted to know about my athletic background. A lot of the time, they came out of left field, but you all came together.”
She said it makes the film, instead of the flashy life style, looking to the wider human experience – even if “in a strange, larger than life stage”.
And the flower is full of praise for the “exceptional” Jessica Chastain, who stars alongside Idris Elba (who plays Bloom’s lawyer) and Kevin Costner (who plays the father).
“You really blew me away,” she says. “Because you don’t get to much time you spend with me – she has a busy schedule and this was a short preparation time.
“I wonder what they were filming,” she is just doing their own creative interpretation?’. But when I saw that Film, the grip she has on emotion! She was able to communicate the intricacies of how I felt in those moments. It was a Bizarre world, and not one that is so easy to recognize intuitively your way in. You just captured it all so beautifully. You blew me away.”
The film is released, feels like “a new start” for the flowering. She says, after her work was done, after she had completed the 200 hours of service to the community, she went back home.
“I have to explore a bit of soul searching, where I had gone wrong, why I made the decisions I did, how my definitions of success and ambition were,” she says. “I love a great new pair of shoes, I love my bank account and see the zeros, but how is it attached?
“Making it to something that is bigger than me, certainly is a lesson. I would understand that when I started, dealt with, has bad cards, I would not have played. I would have understood, it is time to walk away and try something new. But I was so identified by the money and the position.”
She says, despite the power and wealth, she felt a “void”. You want to fill by doing something “useful” to this end, it plans, together with entrepreneurs, and create co-working spaces and networking events.
But how much of Sorkin’s movie is indeed true, what happened in those crazy years of Bloom ‘ s life?
“He inflated my LSAT (law school exam) score me a few extra points,” she smiles. “But for the most part he was out of a movie, very rooted in the truth. I had a lot of trauma – there is so much to choose from. But I feel that he hand-picked the best moments and wove them all together in this incredible story.”
Molly’s Game appears in the UK on 1. January 2018.
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