Melissa Leo Was 'Terrified' of Her Role in 'Prisoners'

The Oscar winner discusses playing a mother who has lost her son in the new film.
2:19 | 09/20/13

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Welcome back, everybody. Great to be outside with our friends and melissa leo. She is starring in the gripping movie, "prisoners" opening today. Her character, the aunt of a young man who is a prime suspect in the abduction of two young girls. So happy to have oscar and brand-new emmy-winner, melissa leo with us this morning. Just received an emmy, at the creative arts emmy. It's mostly, you know, workers, the unseen workers. And a handful of actor awards are given out last week. And this coming sunday. In the role in louis c.K. Exactly right. Talk to me about "prisoners." You're such a chameleon in every role you play. It's very dark water. You take people with their children dying or in this case, with them being abducted in a way. And it's some serious water to get into. But such an excellent job that filmmaking is so fine, you really get deeply into this story. So, yes. A gripping thriller from the moment it begins quietly in the woods. It's really a film noir, a genre we haven't seen in quite a bit. What you think, is not what is. That's all I'll say. Jake gyllenhaal is phenomenal. Hugh jackman is also in it. And jake told me, despite how scary and serious, quite light on the set. So much fun making it. The director, the captain of the ship, right? And he's just such a loving guy to all of us, made us all feel we were cared about. And you really hear it as you go around and do the press. But every other actor had the same experience. Dark water. But safely held by our fearless leader. In a nutshell, one word. Hugh jackman, jake gyllenhaal, how was it to work with them? Heaven. Melissa leo, also heaven. A great role. A great film. "Prisoners" in theaters

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