MyLeaky Login

Join the largest Harry Potter Social Network on the Web! | FAQ

In the News

LA Times Profile of Imelda Staunton

Staunton Interviews
Posted by: Edward
July 08, 2007, 02:43 AM

The Los Angeles Times has a lengthy profile of Imelda Staunton, the actress who plays Professor Dolores Umbridge in the latest Harry Potter film, Order of the Phoenix. Playing a character Stephen King described as “the greatest make-believe villain to come along since Hannibal Lecter,” Mrs. Staunton found it difficult herself, to play the role. Describing the scene where she puts the character Harry Potter (Dan Radcliffe) through his first detention as “horrible,” she goes on to say of that scene:

“I was fine at the time, but afterward, you’re inside that skin for a while, and it’s not a very pleasant place to be. It’s an adult abusing a child, and whether you’re a mother or not, for a female to do it to a child is unthinkable and unbearable and intolerable.”

The article also features quotes from director David Yates who notes in the article, Mrs. Staunton was his sole choice to play Umbridge. He says of his choice:

“She’s a great serious actor who can also do wit really well,” he says. “For the Potter universe, you need that slightly heightened, slightly playful, slightly eccentric thing. But when you peel away a layer, there has to be something really substantial underneath.”

Mrs. Staunton also discusses her role as the title character of “Vera Drake,” which won her an Oscar nomination, and her life during that time. You can read the entire piece from the LA Times, right here.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix will be in theaters July 11.

Previous Article | Next Article Browse all Recent Staunton Interviews News

11 Comments

Finn
Posted by Finn on July 08, 2007, 03:10 AM report to moderator
budb
Posted by budb on July 08, 2007, 03:28 AM report to moderator
Amy S
Posted by Amy S on July 08, 2007, 03:40 AM report to moderator
anne
Posted by anne on July 08, 2007, 07:30 AM report to moderator
Neil
Posted by Neil on July 08, 2007, 12:07 PM report to moderator
Kiwi McI
Posted by Kiwi McI on July 08, 2007, 12:17 PM report to moderator
KB Prez
Posted by KB Prez on July 08, 2007, 01:28 PM report to moderator
twilightdew
Posted by twilightdew on July 08, 2007, 02:49 PM report to moderator
aughra
Posted by aughra on July 09, 2007, 07:37 PM report to moderator
Images_4__thumb
770 Points

Imelda Staunton is a fantastic Umbridge. I definatley agree with Stephen King, she is a really great villian. She’s so evil!

Posted by crazyforSeverus on August 16, 2009, 10:08 PM report to moderator
Raven_avatar_thumb
80254 Points

Perfectly cast!

Posted by Won_Two on January 14, 2010, 02:32 PM report to moderator
You must be logged in to MyLeaky to comment. Please click here to log in.

Finding Hogwarts
PotterCast Interviews Jo Rowling! Click here to Listen! The Books Everything...Half-Blood Prince...and the rest of the HP Films Leaky Apps

Scribbulus Essay Project

Issue 28 - Apr. 2014

Scribbulus is THE place for Leaky Cauldron readers to submit their essays and opinion pieces!
See more over at Scribbulus!

Guess That Book

"Ron!" he shouted. "Are you okay? Ron!"[br]"I'm here!" came Ron's muffled voice from behind the rockfall. "I'm okay -- this git's not, though -- he got blasted by the [br]wand --"[br]There was a dull thud and a loud "ow!" It sounded as though Ron had just

Learn to knit your own 'Weasley Sweater'. Learn to brew your own 'Butterbeer'. Find out how at Leaky Crafts!