Pike appears on the cover of the February 2015 issue of Vanity Fair magazine. She talks about her partner Robie Uniacke, strange fan encounters, and the sex scene in Gone Girls with Harris.
I spent more time in front of the camera on that film than in my entire career to date, because he’s shooting five to six hours of footage a day, and over a hundred days shooting—that mounts up.
Pike appears on the cover of the January 2015 issue of Fairlady magazine.
Pike tells the print edition of Spectrum magazine that people expect too much from marriage:
People have ridiculous expectations of a mate. In my grandmother’s day, you wouldn’t expect your husband to fulfill the same need in you as your sister, or girlfriends, or colleagues at work. You’d have different needs met by different people. Now we want all our needs met by one person, and I don’t believe that’s possible. Or rather, it is, but I don’t think it’s universally achievable.
Pike is interviewed for Entertainment Weekly:
I wanted to be an actress since I was really, really small … Film wasn’t in my head; I didn’t see it as feasible. I just didn’t know anything about it. I didn’t know where film came from when I was under 10. I just thought I’d be a stage actress.
Schager interviews Pike for Esquire about her role in the film Gone Girl and the work the cast and crew put into the film.
It’s every single scene. Neil Patrick Harris and I would do 35 takes of getting in and out of a car to get the right level of smoothness and then, in fact, I think that scene’s never even in the movie. You do watch David’s films back, and having now worked with him, I watch them in a different way, because I can feel the careful labor that’s gone into them. I understand it. And with voice over, too. You watch Fight Club, and the reason that voice over bores into your skull is because it’s carefully, carefully constructed. When we were doing the voice over for Gone Girl, we’d go in and get the line just how we wanted it, and if we didn’t like a single word, we’d go in and make a puncture hole and insert a different version of a single word, to get every nuance we wanted to explore. I love working in that kind of detail. It’s really thrilling.
Pike is interviewed for Time Out London about auditioning with Fincher, breaking out of her dark Gone Girl character off the set, and watching the completed film:
The second time, I said to Fincher: ‘I really like it.’ He’s like: ‘I think you need therapy.’
Pike is interviewed about Gone Girl for The Telegraph.
For me it was a just a joy to play a woman who doesn’t have to be palatable all of the time.
Pike appears on the cover of the October 2014 issue of British Vogue magazine. The cover photo is shot by Alasdair McLellan and styled by Kate Phelan. She talks about how she went from Oxford graduate to Bond girl.
Pike appears on the cover of the October 2014 issue of Glamour magazine. She talks about sex scenes, doing magazine covers while pregnant, and doing kids and career at once.
The question is really why do so many women’s careers take off just as they have children? Is it because you are risking everything in your relationship and the risk taker in you carries through into your professional life? You have less time to worry and overanalyze—maybe that’s it. Or the huntress instinct to provide for your family is awoken. [Either way,] with children you spend so much time reexperiencing the world as a child experiences it, and that has a nourishing effect on your imagination—in my job, imagination is key.
Pike and Meyers discuss her sex scene with Harris on the film Gone Girl on Late Show with Seth Meyers.
That is when it feels highly awkward. It goes from mildly inappropriate to totally inappropriate.
Fincher comments on why he cast Pike in Gone Girl:
Rosamund was someone that I had seen in four or five different movies over 10 years, and I never got a bead on her. I never got a sense of who she was. And I pride myself on being able to watch actors and sort of know instinctively what their utility belt is, and I don’t have that with Rosamund. I didn’t know what she was building off of. There was an opacity there and it was interesting.
Pike stars as Abi in the comedy directed by Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin, based on the BBC show Outnumbered. Abi and her husband, Doug (David Tennant), hide the tension in their marriage as they travel to the Scottish Highlands to meet Doug’s terminally ill father, Gordie (Billy Connolly). As they focus on their marital troubles, their daughter fulfills a bizarre dying wish by Gordie and forces them to confront their issues. Co-starring Ben Miller and Emilia Jones.
When I read What We Did On Our Holiday I just thought, this is brilliant. I knew that these guys, Andy and Guy, have such an indelible sense of good taste, great sense of humor and just this really original way of working.
In the thriller based on the novel written by Gillian Flynn and directed by David Fincher, Pike plays the role of Amy, a missing woman suspected to have been murdered by her husband. Co-starring Ben Affleck and Neil Patrick Harris.
There were definitely moments when I felt very uneasy with how much power Amy had. And the interesting thing is, my reaction was to laugh, to get sort of uncontrollable giggles. That was the most curious part of playing her: At the point where she’s at her most powerful, it unnerved something in me.
Pike appears on the cover of September’s Variety. She talks about paying her way through drama school, appearing naked in Hitchcock Blonde, working with Fincher, and plans to take a break from acting to have her second child. On the Gone Girl role that A-list actresses from Reese Witherspoon to Olivia Wilde had wanted:
I was unbelievably excited and unbelievably scared. You suddenly feel so small. I thought, ‘I’m embarking on this thing I’ve always wanted.’ … Someone is giving me that chance, which is something I’ve wanted since I’ve been a tiny girl.
Pike stars as Clara in the romantic comedy directed by Peter Chelsom and based on the novel by Francois Lelord. Clara’s boyfriend, Hector, travels across the world to seek happiness, and realizes that it is only with Clara that he will find what he is looking for. Co-starring Simon Pegg.
I really liked it. I knew it wouldn’t be a major commitment for me—the Clara portion is contained. I felt that it was the sort of thing that whenever it was ready to go, I could fit it in. Simon and I did know about this when we went into The World’s End. We sort of said, “The next six months, we’ll get to work together.” Which is great. And we have this very easy, very joyous friendship. It’s really nice.
Pike plays the character Penny in Pascal Chaumeil’s adaptation of Nick Hornby’s dark comedy. Penny interviews four strangers who met on the roof of London building, planning to kill themselves, on her talk show. Criticizing them, she only manages to make them more depressed. Co-starring Toni Collette, Pierce Brosnan, Imogen Poots, and Aaron Paul. On working with Brosnan again after Die Another Day:
He’s a truly wonderful man … It’s lovely to reminisce and laugh about all that silliness.
Pike plays the character Sam in the sci-fi comedy directed by Edgar Wright. Sam joins a group of friends attempting a pub crawl that they failed to complete in high school. As they drink their way through the town of Newton Haven, they uncover a plot to replace the human race with androids. Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman, and Eddie Marsan co-star.
Often you’re doing sort of action films and you’re supposed to look very hard and very serious for your fight scenes. It was a bit of a relief to look like a prat.
Pike appears in Esquire for a photo shoot and interview.
To be made to laugh is one of the greatest things on Earth and to be in the company of people who do that the best – like Simon (Pegg) and Nick (Frost) – is the best. It’s good for the soul.
A rep confirms Pike and Uniacke are expecting their second child. The couple are still in no rush to be married.
It is interesting to break all the rules. I’m not married, I have a baby, and it feels infinitely more right.
Pike appears on the cover of the May 2014 issue of W magazine. She talks about her role in Gone Girl and being chosen by David Fincher.
I do remember saying to David, ‘I know you know I have this character in me; you zeroed in on me for good reason.’ With David Fincher, it’s like being X-rayed—he sees things that you may not want anyone to see. Now I have to prove him right—I have to show the world that I’m as dark as he thinks I am.
Pike is interviewed for W and discusses being a Bond girl, learning to box, and moving to L.A. On her Gone Girl role:
I do remember saying to David [Fincher], ‘I know you know I have this character in me; you zeroed in on me for good reason.’ With David Fincher, it’s like being X-rayed—he sees things that you may not want anyone to see. Now I have to prove him right—I have to show the world that I’m as dark as he thinks I am.”
In this thriller directed by Christopher McQuarrie, Pike plays Helen, a young defence lawyer, who teams up with Reacher (Tom Cruise), a homicide investigator, to bring down a military sniper who shoots five random victims. Co-starring Richard Jenkins, David Oyelowo and Jai Kourtney. About Cruise:
I suspect there are a lot of co-stars who wouldn’t have been so supportive, but he was great. Except I bet you won’t believe me, will you?
Pike gives birth to her first child, a boy named Solo. The father of her child is Robie Uniacke, but says they are in no hurry to be married.
Pike plays MI7 behavioral psychologist Kate Sumner in the spy comedy directed by Oliver Parker. Sumner accesses suppressed memories of a mission that English botched in Mozambique and revives him with a kiss after he is drugged. Co-starring Rowan Atkinson and Gillian Anderson.
I thought, well, I’ve spent eight years dismantling the Bond Girl image, so do I want to go back and tread that sort of territory again? And also if it’s going to be a big piss-take, maybe that’s not a very cool thing to do – I basically owe a whole career to a James Bond film. But I read the script, and it made me laugh, in spite of myself.
Pike appears as Dedra Davenport in the indie film directed by Christopher Landon. She is disturbed by an unhealthy relationship between her fiance and his daughter. Co-stars Shannen Doherty and Dylan McDermott.
Pike plays Miriam Grant-Panofsky in Richard J. Lewis’s adaptation of Mordechai Richler’s comedy-drama novel. She is forced to deal with a her husband’s infidelity and a marriage breakdown, and ultimately his descent into dementia. Paul Giamatti, Minnie Driver, Rachelle Lefevre, Scott Speedman, and Dustin Hoffman co-star.
It’s a crazy look at one man’s life well lived, through three marriages, two children, the death of a father, a murder mystery, craziness, fast-living women … and a look at an endearing antihero.
Pike appears in the historical drama directed by Nigel Cole. Her character, Lisa, joins the 1968 walkout by sewing machinists at the Ford Dagenham plant over equal pay. Sally Hawkins, Bob Hoskins, Miranda Richardson, and Geraldine James co-star.
It was quite a small thing, as opposed to a nationwide movement. This small group wanted to change things but didn’t really want to see fame and attention from it. I saw one of the women being interviewed and she said that people kept coming up to them at the time saying: “Well done!” But they felt really embarrassed. So, I don’t know… But I like how it started off as a very simple grievance – a desire to be classified as skilled workers as opposed to unskilled.
Pike plays the character Helen in Lone Scherfig’s adaptation of Lynn Barber’s memoir. Helen and her group of friends encourage a relationship between a 16-year-old schoolgirl and a con-man twice her age. Carey Mulligan and Peter Sarsgaard co-star.
I think my character really engaged people. They realized that I could be funny. People are so keen to pigeonhole you in this industry that to bust out of that is always good.
Pike plays the character Maggie Greer in Jonathan Mostow’s adaptation of the sci fi-action comics by Top Shelf Productions. In a futuristic world where humans live their lives through surrogates, Maggie and her husband, FBI agent Tom Greer, interact virtually. Tom investigates the death of two surrogates and uncovers a government plot, eventually freeing humans from the surrogate world. Bruce Willis, Radha Mitchell, Boris Kodjoe, Ving Rhames and James Cromwell co-star.
It’s a very real story about a man, Greer, having an existential crisis about what it means to be human.
Pike plays Alex in Jeremy Podeswa’s adaptation of the Anne Michaels historical drama. Her marriage to a survivor of World War II, who was orphaned during the Holocaust, breaks down as her husband is absorbed in his reflections on his past life. Co-starring Stephen Dillane, Rade Šerbedžija, Ayelet Zurer, Robbie Kay, Ed Stoppard, and Rachelle Lefèvre.
It’s not an explosive tragedy, but I think they both know that something doesn’t work how they wanted it to.
Pike says rumors regarding her wedding to Wright being called off are untrue:
I still have no idea why Joe called off the wedding. He was never clear about it. Part of what makes it so confusing. Our Save the Date cards had been sent out; Save the Date cards which had a 1950s-style picture of the two of us in LA, taken by a friend at Christmas, done like an old-fashioned postcard with slightly unreal colours – we’d both designed it and the design was to make people laugh! Which it did! – but no invitations. My mother had to write to everyone to say that the wedding was no longer going to take place.
She says that reports she had sent wedding invitations featuring them in a hot tub are inaccurate, as are reports Wright was seen in a lapdancing club around the time the engagement was called off.
Pike and Wright break off their engagement. They have purchased a house together in Spitalfields and sent out save-the-date cards.
Pike and Wright announce their engagement at a private supper in Venice with Keira Knightley and James MacAvoy after he proposed at Lake Como.
I have asked Roz to be my wife and she, thank God, said yes
Pike appears as Bella Manningham in the stage play of the Victorian thriller directed by Peter Gill. Bella is tormented by a mentally unstable husband who attempts to convince her that she is insane. Co-starring Patrick Hamilton.
Pike plays Nikki Gardner in the Gregory Hoblit-directed crime thriller. Gardner begins a relationship with a future employee at her law firm, but he is dragged back into his career as a district attorney after a failed attempt to try a man for murder. Co-starring Anthony Hopkins, Ryan Gosling, and David Strathairn.
It was the film rather than the part in this case. I said after Pride and Prejudice that I’d like to do a thriller because it was the kind of thing that I haven’t done and then this came along. I’d seen Primal Fear, which was Gregory Hoblit’s most famous film, and I was so disconcerted by that film that I thought, ‘My goodness, this is something that he’s going to do really really well.’ Aand I just wanted to be part of it.
Pike plays Alma Winemiller in the adaptation of the Tennessee Williams play. In 1916 in the Deep South, Alma falls in love with the son of her neighbour. Co-starring Chris Carmack.
All five of the central characters have been catastrophically let down by their parents, and are looking for ways to patch up that void. Lacking in the most part a language of love, they seek to replace this with sex. All, that is, apart from my character, Alma. All her life she has been desperately in love with the son of the local doctor, and she believes that she craves his mind, unable to acknowledge that what she is really feeling is lust.
Pike plays the character Dr. Samantha Grimm in the sci fi-horror movie directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak and based on the id Software video game. Grimm creates a superhuman warrior to battle zombie creatures from Mars. Co-starring Karl Urban and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
It was great because I’d also come off a film that was all female–Pride & Prejudice. The chance is be holed up with a bunch of marines was quite attractive.
Pike plays Jane Bennet in Joe Wright’s adaptation of the Jane Austen novel. In 18th century England, Jane and her sister Elizabeth are romanced by the gentlemen Mr. Darcy and Bingley. Co-starring Kiera Knightly, Matthew Macfadyen, Brenda Blethyn, Donald Sutherland, and Tom Hollander.
It’s a great romantic story with very, very real people in it and it’s open to so many interpretations, like any great bit of literature.
Pike plays Elizabeth Barry in Laurence Dunmore and Stephen Jeffreys’ adaptation of Jeffreys’ play. The decadent Earl of Rochester takes Elizabeth, a struggling actress, as his mistress and later his wife.
Pike plays the character Rose in Amos Gitai’s crime drama. She offers hope to a group of foreign prostitutes smuggled into Israel. Gitai:
Other films I’ve done, like Kadosh and Kippur, are all dealing with homogeneous Israeli microcosms, but with a critical attitude to religion or military activity. And now, with this group of films, starting with Promised Land and Free Zone, I’m more into the marriage of opposites, of difference, of the fragmentation of the coherence.
Woods reveals that he is gay, ending the two-year relationship.
Pike appears in Terry Johnson’s play Hitchcock Blonde at the Royal Court Theatre. Johnson discusses the theme of the play:
You’ve actually reached a point in your life where the only play you could possibly write is a play about falling in love with a younger woman.
Inadvertently ordering the same dish as Hitchcock eats in the play:
I remember the first time I took Rosamund to lunch I accidentally ordered dover sole and immediately changed my order in case she left the restaurant.
Pike’s nude scene:
The agreement has always been that it’s in the play, you do it if you want to do it.
Pike plays the undercover MI6 agent Miranda Frost in the 20th James Bond film, directed by Lee Tamahori. After Bond is captured in North Korea, Frost is revealed to be a double agent and battles a female NSA agent aboard a plane carrying a doomsday device. Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry, Toby Stephens, Rick Yune, John Cleese, and Judi Dench co-star.
Before I was cast as a Bond girl, I had never actually seen a James Bond movie. The Bond audition was strange—I’d just come back from China, doing the kind of hippie-backpacking thing that people do when they leave school. All the girls in this beautiful old town house waiting to see the casting director were sleek and dressed in what seemed to me like leather. I was wearing something very thick and woolly. I was convinced I was all wrong.
Pike begins a relationship with Woods while studying at Oxford. She has not previously dated often:
I don’t sleep around … I’m not saying they’re the only people I’ve been out with. But I take love quite seriously. I’m talking about the life-changing ones, the ones who somehow get inside you, who actually alter your chemical make-up, where you get butterflies and feel like your stomach’s turning over – a whole physical world which you’re not in control of at all. And I think one is lucky when one gets to feel this. Some people I don’t think ever do.
Pike graduates Oxford’s Wadham College with a degree in English Literature.
Before being accepted at Oxford, Pike is turned down by every drama school she applies to:
There’s this impression that I’ve somehow lived a charmed life. When I applied for drama school I was turned down by every single one, which was crushing at 19, although it’s now a badge of honor.
Pike attends Wadham College in Oxford, studying English literature. She paid her way through school by working a temp job.
As an actress I never thought I’d be earning any money.
Pike is born in Hammersmith, London, to Caroline, a violinist, and Julian, an opera singer.
I definitely found it hard to contain my feelings as a little girl, Everything was big, and it still is.