Jennifer Connelly teams up once again with director Darren Aronofsky in the biblical film "Noah" where she plays Noah's wife Naameh.
The film retells the Old Testament tale of Noah, played by Russell Crowe, who built an ark to protect his family and animals from an upcoming flood. "Noah" also stars Emma Watson, Anthony Hopkins, Nick Nolte and Logan Lerman.
Connelly, who previously worked with Aronofsky in the 2000 film "Requiem for a Dream," talked to OTRC.com about working with the director again, playing a strong character and being "true to the spirit" of the Bible story.
Check out five highlights from the interview with Jennifer Connelly below and watch the videos from the interview with the actress above.
1. Connelly loved that the writers made Naameh a "powerful woman."
"I like that Darren and [co-writer] Ari [Handel] had written her as a pretty powerful woman and the source of that power, I think, is a great love and that's what really fuels it," Connelly said.
2. The actress says Aronofsky's bark is worse than his bite.
When asked what she knew about Aronofsky that her co-stars had no idea about, Connelly said, "He's a nice guy. (laughs) I think he's, he's really straightforward. He's a visionary. Everyone knows that, though. What do they not know? I don't know. Sometimes the bark is worse than the bite."
"He owns everything he does," she later added. "He's a visionary. He's a bold and uncompromising filmmaker, I think. He shatters expectations around every corner, I think."
3. Connelly says the ark in the movie is not the one audiences would normally expect to see.
"The ark itself certainly doesn't look like the ark that we most commonly depict, certainly in children's storybooks and bath time toys and all those things," the actress said. "This isn't that ark, but it is the ark that's written about in the Bible, in Genesis."
4. On the controversy over "Noah" ...
"I'm not sure there's that much controversy anymore about it," Connelly said. "But, people are talking, you know, I think that people will come out of the movie, talking about it for different reasons."
5. "Noah" is "true to the spirit" of the Bible story.
"The film is striking and it's innovative but ultimately, it's really true to the spirit of the story that's in the Bible. And for, you know, some people, this will be their introduction to that story," Connelly said. "It's made with, you know, a lot of resources. It's made with -- you know, it's a very lavish production. It's stunning. It's a stunning production and it's made with a lot respect so I think it should be exciting."
Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television, which produces the nationally syndicated entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).