As a young Russian cellist in Todd Field’s “Tar,” British musician Sophie Kaur steals her scenes alongside the formidable Cate Blanchett, playing the equally formidable superstar conductor Lydia Tarr. It’s hard to believe this is her first acting gig, but the 21-year-old musician dove into the role of Olga, a budding talent who catches Lydia’s predatory eye, and brings the street smarts of a young adult growing up on social media, ambition, a sense of her own worth, and a passion for music. . Olga is part of Lydia’s downfall in the film. In real life, Kaur is still a student, currently studying in Sweden.
What attracted you to this role? I saw the casting call in February 2021. That was our lowest point — everything was off. The concert was closed. We really had almost no subjects at school. We were all alone at home. I haven’t had cello lessons in a year and a half — like private lessons — because my teacher lives in Sweden and the border was closed at the time. I didn’t go into the casting call with any expectations at all. I just thought it was really cool.
So what did you think of the role? Music was at its lowest ebb and no one really knew when it was going to return to its full potential, and so I thought this film would be an amazing way to bring classical music to the attention of a whole new audience.
Was it really exciting to get a film about your world of classical music? I think I reach more people through any other type of event. I wanted to be able to ignore classical music. I know it’s not a science fiction movie or a sports movie. But for people not in this world, classical music tends to seem really inaccessible, and if you can’t understand every single chord you can’t enjoy it, which is absolutely not the case. It’s just emotion that just gets you, right? And that’s the whole point. The whole point of music is to move you to express emotions and you don’t need to understand everything about it.
Like I don’t understand the mechanics of space travel but I love “Star Wars”. Just like you don’t have to understand what an astronaut is saying to know they really know what they’re doing. [In Todd Field’s script] There are so many details that are so meticulously and perfectly crafted because he just wanted to show that Lydia knows her stuff and that this is her home. All that work and effort and hours that go into becoming such a skilled conductor. I just thought it would be a really nice way to show that classical music is still a relevant art form, and it’s something that real people dedicate their lives to, but I think you can also talk about things that you know, maybe a little bit right in need. side push
Was it intimidating working with that cast? I mean, I’m on location shooting and she takes her hand and says, “Hi, I’m Kate.” And I’m just like, I grew up watching him on my TV screen [laughs]. I remember the first time I met him and then I had to do a rehearsal so he could practice directing, so it was a little intimidating, but I soon learned that he’s one of the nicest and most talented people on the planet and incredibly supportive, you know. , and working with him was an amazing experience.