Tom Hanks’s co-star in News Of The World has revealed she didn’t realise she was working with a legend at the time.
Helena Zengel, 12, who has landed Golden Globe, Critics Choice and Screen Actors Guild award nominations for her role in the film, admitted she didn’t know how much of a ‘big deal’ Tom was.
She told PA of the first time the pair met, explaining: ‘If you had said “Tom Hanks is in another movie”, I would have known he’s an actor and I knew he was a bigger deal than some other actors, but I didn’t quite know that he’s a real big deal.
‘So, when I knew I was going to play the role, I knew he’s an actor, but then later on I learned he’s such a big actor and it was such an honour to work with him.
‘He’s just great, he’s very nice and I was really impressed by him, he’s a gentleman.’
News Of The World sees Tom play a Civil War veteran who has to return a young girl – played by Helena – to her remaining family after she was taken in by Native Americans when she was an infant.
Although the pair have trouble communicating with each other, they must work together to overcome the obstacles in their way to get her home to her family and face the consquences of her new life.
Helena admits she was slightly awestruck at working with Tom on set, but the pair struck up a firm friendship.
The German actress explained: ‘At the beginning I was a little bit in awe, not quite as self-confident as I am usually because he’s tall, he can be loud, he’s American and he’s such a big actor.
‘But then, later on, we really had fun because he’s funny, he’s so nice, he is totally not like a superstar you would expect.
‘Maybe you think he’s coming with his Mercedes or whatever, coming to set, driving in with his sunglasses like you see in the movies, but no!
‘He’s coming in very loose jeans and very loose shoes, as if he was just chilling out, and I was like “OK, he’s not as superstar as you would think of him.”’
She added: ‘He made it really easy and we became close friends pretty fast because he’s just amazing, and I think he likes me too.
At the beginning I was like “OK, he is obviously older than me, he did so many movies and we are going to be acting partners but it is never going to be like a friendship or anything”, but it did, it just happened, and I think it’s great to get a relationship with an actor because it makes it so much easier to play with each other.’
News Of The World available to stream now on Netflix.
Credit: Original article published here.