Natalie Portman and Lily-Rose Depp had never met before being cast as sisters in Rebecca Zlotowski’s period drama “Planetarium,” but a massage date turned out to be the path to bonding as actresses.
“We just got along really well just as soon as we met,” Depp said at TheWrap’s studio at the Toronto Film Festival, where “Planetarium” screened this week following its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival last month.
Director Zlotowski had sent them for a spa day together before production started.
“We were getting massaged next to each other,” the two said in unison.
Then Natalie Portman continued: “Looking at each other, going, ‘Pleased to meet you.'”
“It was great. We became very comfortable, very quickly,” said Portman, an Oscar winner for “Black Swan,” who recently released released her directorial debut, “A Tale of Love and Darkness.”
In “Planetarium,” Portman and Depp (the daughter of Johnny and French actress Vanessa Paradis who recently starred in Kevin Smith‘s “Yoga Hosers”) play American sisters who are professional spiritualists in 1930s Paris.
Their characters are able to communicate with the dead and, just as they are winding up a world tour, they are hired by French producer (Emmanuel Salinger) to work on an ambitious film project.
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