Okanagan costume designer on working with Nicolas Cage
Academy Award winning actor Nicolas Cage has just wrapped filming in the South Okanagan. A Kelowna woman was able to spend three hours with him while working as a costume designer.
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December 21, 2016 - 1:28 PM
"I ASKED HIM IF HE'D BEEN TO THE OKANAGAN BEFORE. HIS EXPRESSION CHANGED."
KELOWNA – As Kelowna resident Colleen Bryant packs up her things, she looks back at the few short hours she spent with Academy Award winning actor Nicolas Cage.
Bryant is a costume designer from Kelowna who was hired to work on Humanity Bureau, a feature production that just wrapped filming in the South Okanagan.
“We’ve been pretty busy back in the truck but I did a fitting with him,” she says. “He’s a very quiet guy and he sticks to business. He’s very polite but he’s very serious about his work.”
Cage has been spotted around the South Okanagan since filming began in the area, and a photo of him shopping in an Osoyoos grocery store made headlines late last month.
Humanity Bureau also stars Sarah Lind of cult film Wolfcop, child actor Jakob Davies from If I Stay and Canadian actor Hugh Dillon who’s known for his work on the TV show Flash Point, in film in Hard Core Logo and as lead singer of the Headstones, according to an Okanagan Film Commission media release.
The movie is a science fiction action film with the tagline “in the near future our government will decide who is expendable."
Bryant says the unpredictable weather made her job extra challenging and required significant communication with Cage, who won the Best Actor category for Leaving Las Vegas. He was also nominated for another Academy Award for his work on Adaptation.
“We have had every weather pattern happen that’s possible,” Bryant says. “It’s been a challenge going through those different seasons and layering up while keeping them in the theme of the show and keeping them warm. I want to keep them healthy and dry so we chatted mostly about his costuming and his comfort.”
She estimates she spent around three hours with Cage, but it wasn’t until she asked his thoughts on the Okanagan that she felt a personal connection.
“I asked him if he’d been to the Okanagan before. His expression changed, his eyes started to sparkle and he said no but that it was beautiful. He lit up when he got a personal question that wasn’t about work. He’s pretty handsome."
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