We wrap up our three-part series of “Jane Eyre” video interviews with Ms. Eyre herself, Mia Wasikowska. Asked how her Jane stood apart from the many previous cinematic and televisual interpretations, Wasikowska replied, “I think [director] Cary [Fukunaga] really wanted to bring out the darker elements…the book is really very gothic and a lot about the unspoken and the unknown.”
It wasn’t that long ago that the 21-year-old actress from Australia was unknown herself. But Wasikowska has quickly risen through the ranks of Hollywood ingenues with memorable performances in HBO’s “In Treatment,” as the title character in Tim Burton’s smash reimagining of “Alice in Wonderland,” and as a member of the terrific ensenmble in Lisa Cholodenko’s “The Kids Are All Right.” During our interview, I asked Wasikowska to compare her Alice and her Jane Eyre, and to describe the agony of wearing those period costumes and corset (I figured it was easier than putting one to find out for myself). Here’s the video — and don’t forget to watch our other “Jane Eyre” videos with director Cary Fukunaga and co-star Michael Fassbender.