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The two main characters of Rockaway are Sarah and Marty.Visit Tara Ison's website.
Sarah is a 30-something, neurotic, nervous, drifting, single, struggling artist kind of gal, borderline alcoholic, borderline Jewish, attractive enough for whatever, conflicted over her responsibility to her aging, consuming parents, questioning all the choices she's made in life, feeling desperate and trapped, wondering if it's too late to start over. The story is, in a way, a delayed coming-of-age novel. She's not the most endearing character, actually - too brittle and high-maintenance, too in-denial about so much - so an actress playing her needs some warmth. I can't really "see" Sarah from the outside, so it's hard to picture a face for her; I had to brainstorm:
Anna Paquin: not quite right, but the Sookie mania works
Anne Hathaway: too beautiful, but I am always pro-Hathaway
Chloe Sevigny: too harsh
Emily Blunt: this could work - brittle but vulnerable
Jennifer Carpenter: is she the most divisive actress ever?
Kate Mara: too...[read on]
Ison is also the author of the novels The List, A Child out of Alcatraz, a Finalist for The Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the short story collection Ball.
The Page 69 Test: The List.
My Book, The Movie: Rockaway.