Juliette Lewis Plotting ‘Catchy’ New Album for 2011

After being detained in Europe for carrying a bullet in her bag, a frightening hit-and-run accident and a few films due out in the next few weeks (‘Conviction,’ ‘Due Date’), Juliette Lewis’ rollercoaster year should provide some interesting fodder for the follow-up to her 2009 album ‘Terra Incognita.’ As Lewis tells Spinner, she already fleshing out new material, which should surface sometime in 2011.

“‘Terra Incognita’ was my avant-garde record,” she says. “My next album, just because it’s where I’m at, it’s much more catchy: Catchy choruses, simple riffs. I want to stack electronic sounds onto natural drumming. It’ll still be rock music. There’s a song called ‘Rockaway’ that we’ve been playing live. That song’s been killing it. It has a real simple ‘ooh ooh’ chorus. There’s another song called ‘Kick Drum Song,’ which is called that because I play kick drum on it. That’s all weird and contagious.”

“I always have contrasts,” she adds. “I may write something that’s really simple and catchy, and then write something the opposite of that.”

There’s no word yet regarding who Lewis plans on working with. For ‘Terra,’ she teamed with Mars Volta prog-head Omar Rodriquez-Lopez, but our conversation revealed that these days, she’s committed to her live show more than ever, where she feels liberated more than on a film set.

“People have to dig your live show. That was my first objective before selling CDs,” she explains. “I wanted that connection. I started music to feel less alone. I always felt like an outsider and alienated. Working in movies and getting famous very young only exacerbated that feeling of alienation. Doing rock ‘n’ roll, I wanted to get off that pedestal that someone else put me on. I have an audience from film who will show up initially. I’m good for a 100 tickets but that’s not what’s going to keep them. It’s a kick-ass live show and the music.”


Interviews: Juliette Lewis, Director Tony Goldwyn Create ‘Conviction’

“Conviction” tells the true story of siblings Betty Anne (Hilary Swank) and Kenny (Sam Rockwell) Walters, and the quest of Betty Anne to free her brother from a prison sentence for murder. Oscar nominee Juliette Lewis lends her talent as key prosecution witness Roseanna Perry, and the film is directed by Tony Goldwyn.

Featured star Lewis and Director Goldwyn were in Chicago recently to promote the film. HollywoodChicago.com sat down for interviews with both of them, talking about the general themes of Conviction and their expansive careers.

Juliette Lewis is a familiar presence in the Hollywood canon of the last twenty years. Beginning her career as a teenager in the 1980s, she had a transcendent breakthrough as Danielle Bowden in Martin Scorsese’s remake of “Cape Fear” (1991). From that point to the end of the decade, Lewis worked with directors as diverse as Woody Allen (”Husbands and Wives”), Lasse Hallstrom (”What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?”) and Oliver Stone (unforgettable as Mallory in “Natural Born Killers”).

Recently, Lewis has also become a working rock musician, first with her band Juliette and the Licks, and then as a solo artist. She has released four albums.

HollywoodChicago.com: You’ve always been a character actor, even when you were younger. What attracts you to playing different types of character humanity, and what attracted you to the challenge of playing the character you play in Conviction?

Juliette Lewis: As I get older, as I process things differently, I’m very much my father’s daughter, and he’s a character actor [Geoffrey Lewis]. I think what he passed down to me was the belief that I could play it all. I could be a princess or a bag lady or a wacky cousin or best friend. It lives in my blood, I love diversity. I didn’t get into film to play one type or be limited by desirability.
I started a completely different career about six years ago, with my band. And I meant it. I set out on a journey similar to my film life, but to make records and tour the world. And it started happening, as an independent musician I was making a living. That’s been my bread and butter, and I didn’t make movies during that time.

In the last year, there has been a reemergence in film for me and this role has been has been the most intense, complex thing I’ve done in the last ten years, dramatically speaking. And even though it’s small, it’s about serving the story, and as a character it gave me the opportunity to completely lose myself. I wanted you to see this person, and not see me at all in it. That complexity of energy was really exciting to me, to make it real.

HC: What motivates your character in Conviction, in your estimation and after having played her, and why do you think she was so manipulated by the situation? What do you admire about her?

JL: She’s the kind of person that lived so many lies and had destructive behavior, that she justified by lies upon lies. You mix that with drugs and alcohol, that can destroy your benevolent energy. It’s like a spiritual thing – how do you know when you see a person walking down the street, that you intuitively know to move to the other side of the walk? That person’s energy is rattled, damaged and unpredictable. I wanted to give off that in the character.


Juliette Lewis: My fans make me cry

Juliette Lewis enjoys being treated like Elvis Presley.

The 37-year-old actress admits the passion of her fans sometimes brings tears to her eyes, and reminds her of the fervour shown towards the American singing legend. Juliette believes she has such a large fan base due to her ability to emotionally tap into her audience.

“I have this connection with my audience that has been so powerful over the years. I run into people in airports and on the streets and they treat me like I’m Elvis,” she told the Chicago Sun-Times. “It brings me to tears because all I ever wanted to do in life is move people emotionally. If I can serve as a catalyst in some little way by playing these parts, then that’s exciting for me.”

Juliette, who is also a solo singer, is currently recovering after a car accident last week left her with bruising and pain in her back and neck.

She is now enjoying spending some time at home, which is the place she loves the most.

“I’m an L.A. girl, born and raised there, but now I live in an uncool part of town with beautiful trees,” she admitted. “I love suburbia because it’s quiet. I don’t even get cell phone reception and I love it. All I want to do is live a quiet, peaceful life with my family in California.”

In her new film Conviction, Juliette plays a woman who gets her former boyfriend sent to jail.


Juliette Lewis out of hospital after car crash

Juliette Lewis was lucky to escape a hit-and-run crash in California with minor injuries, according to police. The Cape Fear actress and singer was in the back of her car when a driver went through a red light and smashed into the vehicle. The damage caused was enough to see the car written off.

Lewis has since been discharged from hospital following complaints of pain in her head, back and neck.

Her spokesman described Lewis as being a “bit banged-up and sore, but otherwise thankfully OK”.

Police are still searching for the other driver.

Lewis was on her way home after promoting her forthcoming movie Conviction at an event.


Recovering Juliette Lewis thanks fans for support

Actress/singer Juliette Lewis has thanked her fans for their love and support as she recovers at home from a hit-and-run accident in California on Wednesday night.

The “Natural Born Killers” star was traveling home from a promotional event for her new film “Conviction” when a Honda slammed into the side of her Lincoln Town Car at an intersection in Burbank.

She was admitted to a nearby medical center where she was treated for minor injuries and discharged hours later.

A friend took to the star’s Twitter page on Thursday to reassure anxious fans that the actress is okay following the accident.

The post states, “I’m speaking on Juliette’s behalf. She thanks you for all the love and well wishes. She’s okay, resting at home. Thank you for the love!”

Cops have launched an investigation into the hit-and-run after the driver of the Honda sped off after the incident.


Juliette shares her thoughts on her co-stars

Jennifer Aniston may not have the best luck when it comes to finding Mr. Right, but her co-star in the upcoming comedy “The Switch”, Juliette Lewis, seems to think the 41-year-old starlet is pretty close to perfect.

“Jen was simply a piece of heaven,” Lewis recently told Pop Tarts while stripping down to her underwear and busily trying on the new Fall/winter 2010 collection at the G-Star Raw showroom in Los Angeles. “Just a real girls’ girl – really down to earth, funny and absolutely wonderful. I play her best friend and I am kind of daffy, but we just had a natural affinity for each other.” But Aniston’s not Lewis’ only co-star with whom she remains friendly. She opened up about her co-stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Johnny Depp, with whom she starred in the 1993 hit “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.” Continue Reading →