Dylan Penn on Acting With Dad Sean Penn in ‘Flag Day’ – WWD

“I actually did assume that appearing was essentially the most ridiculous profession alternative: dressing up as a distinct character as an grownup,” says Dylan Penn, seated on a striped couch within the foyer of The Greenwich Lodge, a quilted Chanel bag resting beside her and a big bottle of water between her fingers.

The 30-year-old daughter of Robin Wright and Sean Penn is in New York for promotion of her first main main movie function, after premiering the film at Cannes and with screenings final week in L.A. She’s a good distance from her childhood stance on appearing — and what an entry into the trade it’s. Penn is the lead function of “Flag Day,” directed by her father and co-starring each her father and her brother, Hopper, within the based-on-a-true-story story of Jennifer Vogel’s life with a secret con man as a father.

“Flag Day,” launched at this time, relies on Vogel’s memoir “Flim-Flam Man,” about her life rising up in Minnesota with a father who turned out to be a infamous counterfeiter. Vogel has spent 20 years attempting to get it made right into a film; Sean Penn has had the choice for the script for 15 of these years, and has wished his daughter to tackle the function of Jennifer ever since.

“He initially requested me after I was 15 to do it with him. I stated no. By no means thought I’d act in one million years,” Penn says.

Dylan Penn as Jennifer Vogel with her dad Sean Penn as John Vogel in'Flag Day'

Dylan Penn as Jennifer Vogel along with her dad Sean Penn as John Vogel in “Flag Day.”
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Fifteen years later he once more pitched the film to Penn, although this time he wasn’t planning to play the function of her character’s father however simply direct. Because it occurred, a last-minute change meant the unique actor needed to drop out, and he was caught searching for his John Vogel.

“My dad went to I feel seven completely different actors, from Brad Pitt to Michael Fassbender. After which I feel Matt Damon was the one which informed him, ‘You’re loopy, you must do that,’” Penn says.

Because it turned out, working alongside household was the most effective factor she might’ve requested for — each for the job, and for his or her father-daughter relationship, to see her dad in that approach.

“He’s actually informal about it and actually human about [directing]. Nothing is technical about the way in which he prepares,” Penn says. “Being that weak in entrance of a crew that you simply don’t know, at first, is one thing that I assumed can be actually tough for me. And as a substitute it was actually cathartic. And I feel to do it with my household, it was virtually being in household remedy as a result of regardless that it’s not us, there are parallels that I can draw.”

Dylan Penn

Dylan Penn
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Rising up, Penn was at all times curious about writing and directing, and although she didn’t search her dad and mom’ recommendation on moving into appearing, they each knew that finally that was an expertise she’d have to have.

“I’d expressed that I wished to direct, at 18, to my dad and mom. And so they each, individually, on completely different events, stated mainly, ‘You shouldn’t step foot on a set, as a director, except you understand what it’s prefer to act.’ It makes a lot sense when you consider it. To direct actors you must know what it’s prefer to be of their footwear,” Penn says. “That’s initially why I began auditioning.”

Their upbringings are definitely dissimilar, but Penn associated to Vogel’s wrestle of constructing a life out from beneath your dad and mom’ shadow.

“This concept of discovering your personal identification with out your dad and mom’ model on you. It’s humorous as a result of it’s like, I’m on this enterprise. I simply did a film with my dad. I’m Sean’s daughter. However after I was youthful, particularly simply getting out of the home, I felt like I didn’t need that attachment,” Penn says. “I don’t wish to simply be, ‘The daughter of.’ Particularly as a result of I wished to be on this trade. Jennifer, her previous was at all times going to be part of her. It’s wanting your personal identification, however accepting that that’s a chunk of you.”

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Dylan Penn

Dylan Penn
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