Maybe Charlotte Bronte ordered up the weather. Right in character, Mia Wasikowska braved the cold and windy New York weather for a special Mar. 9 screening of “Jane Eyre.”
The evening played out at the Tribeca Grand Hotel, where the 21-year-old actress was joined by director Cary Fukunaga, producers Alison Owen and Paul Trijbits and co-star Michael Fassbender, who plays the dashing Mr. Rochester in the new Focus Features pic.
“We countered the intensity of the material with a lot of goofing around,” said Wasikowska. “There was a lot of tap dancing and other things I can’t even remember. It was just that kind of punch-drunk fun.”
Still, Fukunaga made sure his cast kept it together once the cameras rolled. “You’ve got to bring them back in,” he said. “But we’re all a bunch of kids just running around with a 160-year-old text, pretending we’re adults.”
While Judi Dench, who portrays the loveable Mrs. Fairfax in the film, didn’t make it to the screening, she was definitely a popular subject on the red carpet. “She’s not a diva, by any means. She’s so chill,” said Fukunaga. “Completely disarming. She makes jokes, sometimes dirty. But she was a complete pro.”
Fassbender, who’s been in town filming “Shame” with Carey Mulligan and Nicole Beharie, took a quick break from that pic to attend the festivities.
“I didn’t read ‘Jane Eyre’ for school but my sister and mum were big fans,” said Fassbender. “They would always talk about it and I was never really into it to be honest.”
The screening and party, also at the Tribeca Grand, brought out guests that included Alan Cumming, Zoe Kravitz, Focus Features’ Andrew Karpen and James Schamus, Glenn Close and Rose Byrne, who stars with Fassbender in the upcoming “X-Men” prequel.
“I’m really curious to see his Rochester,” said Byrne. “I’ll just be gushing the whole time!”