- 18 Nov 16
Best known for her roles in critical hits Steve Jobs and Inherent Vice, Katherine Waterston’s performance in Fantastic Beasts has confirmed her status as one of Hollywood’s hottest young acting talents. INTERVIEW Roe McDermott
Katherine Waterston is rapidly becoming one of the most interesting actresses working in Hollywood today. After making her debut in the George Clooney thriller Michael Clayton in 2007, she has gone on to work with some of cinema’s most respected directors. Last year she starred in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice with Joaquin Phoenix, before starring opposite Michael Fassbender in the Oscar-nominated biopicSteve Jobs. She’s set to act alongside Fassbender again in next year’s sci-fi sequel, Alien: Covenant – but for now, she’s more focused on the supernatural than the extra-terrestrial.
The 36-year-old actress has joined JK Rowling’s world of magic, starring with Eddie Redmayne and Colin Farrell in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Set long before the era of Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander (Redmayne) has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, some of Newt’s fantastic beasts escape, and he has to get help from Waterston’s strong-willed Tina, who wants to learn about the art of magic.
Waterston was drawn to the film because of her appreciation for characters who are, in their own way, outsiders.