Exclusive: Aja Naomi King Talks About Sci-Fi Thriller 'Reversion' and the Power of Memories - Now in Theaters
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Exclusive: Aja Naomi King Talks About Sci-Fi Thriller 'Reversion' and the Power of Memories - Now in Theaters

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In Jose Nestor Marquez’s new Sci-Fi thriller "Reversion," opening in select theaters today, the talented Aja Naomi King stars as Sophie Clé,

a wealthy businesswoman and daughter of the creator of Oubli, a wearable device that enhances past joyful memories,

allowing consumers to re-live happy moments as if they were occurring  for the very first time; thus allowing constant

delight and happiness to be an achievable feat. However, As King’s character relives

the last treasured memory of her deceased mother repeatedly, she begins facing its

side-effects, as well as unraveling the mystery behind the creation of this technology

breakthrough, setting the stage for this original and unpredictable story with

plenty of complexity and ambiguous characters.

King, a Yale Drama alumni, delves into the challenging role

of Sophie, which allowed her to explore and experience a gamut of complex human

emotions. In our interview, the lovely actress tells S&A more about what

attracted her to this role, working in this film, as well as the possibilities,

and moral implications, of future technology.

 S&A: What attracted you to this role?

 ANK: When I read the script, the first thing I thought was

that I would’ve made the same choice that my character made at the end of the

movie. In life, we want to protect ourselves from any kind of wrong doing, so

it really makes you question the times of the memories you actually have. If

you ask two people to remember a specific event the stories are going to vary

wildly because we always make ourselves out to be the hero. The use of the

technology is so intriguing, like, if this were to be used now, we would all be

using it for sure [Laughs].

 S&A: Definitely an original concept and something that

could very well happen in real life..

 ANK: There’s a question when it comes to memories – is it

how you’re remembering it or is it the truth? That’s what’s so intriguing and

what I love about this movie.

 S&A: And this is a great role to dig into..

 ANK: Definitely. The film is based on this technology, but I

was also looking at the story of this woman trying to find out the truth about

what happened to her mother and the relationships between her and her father

and her and this bodyguard. I love all the relationships and how they come to

play. The script is so well written and so solid. It all felt so real; the

dialogue felt like things I would actually say. 

 S&A: And very unpredictable, like your father’s role. Is

he really the bad guy?

 ANK: Right? It really makes you question what we do. It’s

really tricky; I like how complicated it is. There’s no right away to look at it

really, because, like, maybe even at the beginning of the film when everything

was fine for her, she was still missing something. She didn’t feel like a real

human being because of this technology, so she wasn’t really feeling fulfilled

even though she’s this woman of privilege who has so much.

 S&A: This movie is also about altering nature and how

the human mind works. I don’t think something like this should be trusted. We

need the bad memories right?

 ANK: If all we remember are good things then happiness is

our baseline and there’s no longer happiness. We need other feelings in order

to appreciate others (feelings).

 S&A: How did you get onboard with this project?

 ANK: I went in and auditioned for the producer, and a couple

of weeks later I found out that I had the part and that we were jumping right

in. I found out we were going to start filming the very next week, and as you

can see I’m in a lot of this movie; so I had a lot of work to do!

 S&A: How challenging was to portray Sophie?

 ANK: It was very challenging. For the most part, we shot in

order, which I appreciated. It was so great working with Jose [Nestor Marquez];

he’s the kind of director that wants to dig in. He wants to explore. It was

great to talk about each theme ad-naseaum and really look at what we were

trying to do with the script, and where it was headed in order to shape it in

the right way and to be on the same page. That exploration is crucial because I

may think I know what I want to do in this moment, but in the doing, you discover

so many different things, and you think “I’ll play it this way instead.”

 S&A: So the director [Jose Nestor Marquez] gave you a

lot of freedom…

 ANK: Yeah, he gave me so much freedom. It was really nice to

be in an environment where not only I had the freedom, but where everyone was

so generous. We wanted to take care of one another. If we were shooting

something heavy, they [cast and crew] were so respectful.

 S&A: Needless to say, this was a great role for a black

leading lady.

 ANK: It’s wonderful to be in a role where my entire story

had nothing to do with race. I hope to see more of that because it was

wonderful. It’s such a freeing experience.

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