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Gretchen Mol dishes on her ‘American Gigolo’ character

“American Gigolo” actress Gretchen Mol stated co-starring within the new Showtime sequence was a throwback to an earlier part in her profession. 

“Certainly one of my first movies that I ever did was a [1999] Paul Schrader movie referred to as ‘Ceaselessly Mine,’ which not many individuals noticed,” Mol, 49, advised The Submit. “Nevertheless it was Joseph Fiennes and the late Ray Liotta, and it felt prefer it had comparable themes — this concept of denying love. After which it had that crime thriller side to it as nicely. There have been instances I’d be engaged on this [show] that I’d really feel us revisiting these Schrader themes.

“It was such a very long time in the past that I did that movie, however I felt comfy in that world, like I understood it.” 

Premiering Sept. 9 (streaming) and Sunday, Sept. 11 (9 p.m. on Showtime), “American Gigolo” is predicated on the 1980 Schrader movie of the identical identify, starring Richard Gere and Lauren Hutton. The sequence follows Julian Kaye (Jon Bernthal), a former gigolo who spent 15 years in jail for a homicide he didn’t commit. After he’s exonerated, he scrambles to rebuild his life — which incorporates placing collectively the puzzle of who framed him for the crime, and likewise reuniting together with his former flame, Michelle Stratton (Mol). 

Gretchen Mol as Michelle Stratton in “American Gigolo.”
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Jon Bernthal driving a car
Jon Bernthal as Julian Kaye in “American Gigolo.”
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“[Jon Bernthal] is implausible. He’s an amazing actor and actually a heat sort individual,” Mol stated. “He’s very collaborative [and] we had a extremely good time. I used to be excited in regards to the alternative to play this girl in two completely different time durations, and [to] see how the 15 years that the love of her life has been in jail has modified her. The chance to play that point passing in an individual, and only a actual love affair between these two folks, was intriguing to me. This girl falls in love with a gigolo, and all that that entails emotionally.” 

Mol is not any stranger to noir tales or thrillers, having starred within the 1999 movie “The Thirteenth Flooring,” HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” “Perry Mason” and “Yellowstone.” 

Gretchen Mol sitting by a bike
Gretchen Mol in “American Gigolo”
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Gretchen Mol walking down a hall.
Gretchen Mol as Michelle Stratton in “American Gigolo.”
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“[The genre] all the time pursuits me, as a result of when finished nicely, like Hitchcock, it’s such a enjoyable factor to look at. It’s so compelling and thrilling and it retains you coming again for extra,” she stated. “It’s a possibility to discover character, however there’s nonetheless a driving pressure behind it, which is how did these characters land the place they’re, and why? And in addition, kind of stylistically, it’s enjoyable to be in LA and have issues be kind of pulpy.” 

“American Gigolo” jumps backwards and forwards between 2006, earlier than Julian is incarcerated, and 15 years later after he’s launched. His line of labor isn’t the one factor complicating his relationship with Michelle: she’s additionally married to tech billionaire Richard Stratton (Leland Orser), and she or he’s obtained a teen son. 

Gretchen Mol smiling on a beach with a dog.
Gretchen Mol as Michelle Stratton in “American Gigolo.”
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Jon Bernthal sitting on the hood of a  car behind a chain link fence.
Jon Bernthal as Julian Kaye in “American Gigolo.”
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“She’s drawn to Julian as a result of she will relate. She will perceive him as somebody who offers in these transactional relationships. I believe in her personal life she’s doing it along with her husband. She’s chosen to have some sense that she’ll be taken care of. You type of have two very completely different ladies,” stated Mol, referring to the model of her character within the 2006 timeline, and within the current day. “One who has been broken by the truth that she was originally of the remainder of her life with this love affair and this man, and all of it obtained lower quick, and she or he’s nonetheless married. Whenever you deny what love might be, she’s kind of a traitor to herself within the fashionable time.”

Richard Gere embracing Lauren Hutton.
Richard Gere and Lauren Hutton within the 1980 “American Gigolo” film.
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Richard Gere looking sideways at Lauren Hutton, who looks at the camera.
Richard Gere and Lauren Hutton within the 1980 “American Gigolo” film.
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Mol noticed the film years in the past, however didn’t revisit it earlier than co-starring within the present. 

“I had a recollection of it. It made an influence after I noticed it, I had by no means seen something fairly like that. However I additionally knew that [the show] was a modern-day reimagining of that story,” she stated. “It’s going to be very completely different simply by way of what being a gigolo can be, now. I bear in mind it was such a classy piece [and] I bear in mind Lauren Hutton and Richard Gere having such an iconic presence.”

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