"IT WAS AN ACTION SCENE, SO THERE WAS PROBABLY A LOT OF ADRENALINE FLOWING THROUGH MY BODY"
I hadn't discovered this until just yesterday, but in February of 2018, Flemish actress Ella-June Henrard, a star in Belgium from the age of 16, talked to P Magazine's Koen De Nef about being called to work on Brian De Palma's Domino. Henrard had a key role during two overnight shoots in Amsterdam in June 2017. Here's the excerpt (with the help of Google Translate) in which she talks about the experience:
Do I hear that right, Brian De Palma? The man behind Mission: Impossible, Scarface and The Untouchables? How did you manage that?
HENRARD: “He needed an actress for a certain scene in his latest movie Domino, but he couldn't find the ideal girl. Suddenly I received a phone call a few weeks ago: 'Ella-June, we're looking for an actress and you're the perfect person. It's for a Brian De Palma movie.' At first I had to reject the offer because I was too busy, but because they insisted, I accepted it anyway. I swallowed. I was going to start filming with the Brian De Palma. I was already stressed when I thought about it. (laughs) But it was just a small roll, though. We did two nights of filming."
Has he really directed you? Or did his assistant do that?
HENRARD: “I did not expect it either, but it was De Palma himself who gave me directions on the set. After a few bloody shots I had to be brushed up. Suddenly someone from the production came to me. 'Would you like to come to Brian's tent?' she asked. I thought, 'Oh no, he thinks I'm bad.' I was also quite nervous. And nice and uncomfortable, dressed in a giant dress with a trail. So I went to his tent with a little heart. 'Hi Brian!' I squeaked. 'Come in, darling. I just want to tell you that you're doing a very good job. Thank you,' he said. When I came back out of his tent again, I thought to myself, 'Okay, little ego-boost, yes!' (laughs) It was really just very nice."
Makes it a lot more difficult, looking up at someone like that and consequently being a lot more nervous...
HENRARD: “Absolutely. And I know that nerves can hinder me very much. I am a fairly easy going type by nature, but at such moments the stress takes over. You hear, 'Ella wanted on the set.' And then he explains this and that. 'Oh, fuck, what did he say again?' I begin to stress. Anyway, it was an action scene, so there was probably a lot of adrenaline flowing through my body. As a result, the stress was not so obvious. But it was really an exciting experience."
COMPARE ANOTHER AMSTERDAM SET PIC BELOW WITH A CLOSE-UP ON THE ACTION PANELS FROM DOMINO POSTER