I posted the scans here, but now we have the translation thanks to the awesome, amazing, wonderful Simone from Hedlund Brasil. If you use the translation in any way, please credit her. – Laura

After days of waiting, the confirmation of the interview comes, at last, as a text message.
“Can we do it at 9pm at my gal’s house, Kirsten? Kirsten Dunst, who coincidentally plays my wife in the movie. Ha! It’s at Toluca Lake.”

It takes a while to sink in. On a Saturday night, in Los Angeles, the invitation is to interview the new Hollywood heartthrob, Garrett Hedlund, at his girlfriend’s house, Kirsten, who won Best Actress in Cannes last year, for “Melancholia”.

Huh? Better not to question, Toluca Lake is right over there.

Besides being funny and gorgeous (and obviously, Kirsten’s boyfriend), Garrett, 27, is the breakthrough star in “On The Road”, the long awaited adaptation of director Walter Salles to the beatnik literature classic “On The Road”, by Jack Kerouac.

The movie, which also features Kristen Stewart, Viggo Mortensen and Sam Riley in the cast, narrates the trip of two friends across the US: Sal Paradise (Kerouac’s alter ego) and Dean Moriarty (Garrett’s role, inspired by Neal Cassady, the beatnik hero). It has just premiered at Cannes Film Festival (where it got a warm reception from the audience and a bland one from the critics) and it opens in Brazil on July 13th.

At the house, Garrett, 6′ tall, receives us at the garden, filled with flowers and a white porch. Inside, his girlfriend, wearing a white, floral dress, gets up from the couch, where she’s watching TV with her mother, to say hi. “Nice place, Kirsten”, I start a conversation. “It’s my mother’s, but I bought it”, she states. “There’s a lake in the back.”


After we checked the lake, I sit at the porch with Garrett to talk. The “On The Road” story is long. In 1979, Francis Ford Coppola bought the rights to make a movie out of the book, released in 1957. No one was able to make the project happen, until it got to Walter Salles’ hands.

The Brazilian director cast three illustrious unknown actors in 2007. But the movie only became possible in 2010. Meanwhile, Kristen became Twilight’s Bella, Sam turned into Ian Curtis in Control, and Garrett played a hero in skintight clothes in Tron: Legacy.

Between 2007 and 2010, Garrett and Walter established a kind of communication in diaries. “I’d send reports of my nights to let him know that I could live those nights, like the character”, says the actor.

“The movie is about youth, a time in which you feel everything is possible”, says Garrett. “I was afraid to let time go by and get old for the part. But Walter told me: You won’t get old. You’re my boy.”

The appreciation is mutual. “Walter is the father I never had. But he hates that I say it. He’d rather have me saying that he’s the brother I never had.”
Garrett scratches his scruffy beard and runs his hand through his strategically messed up hair while he thinks of how he feels in a part to which Jack Kerouac himself invited the all-time heartthrob Marlon Brando. “In a possible version, they wanted Brad Pitt to play the role. In another, Di Caprio. When I got the part, Mark Wahlberg told me: I auditioned for this movie ten years ago, with Matt Damon.”


“We came to ruin your party”, says Kirsten, coming into the porch with a friend. “Just kidding, we just want a lighter.” Garrett and Kirsten like to hang around in the house, with her family, watching TV shows like Jeopardy or playing board games like Scattergories.

Garrett is a country boy. In the city where he was born, small Roseau, Minnesota, there were only three TV channels. In the 2010 census, the population was 2,633 people. As a kid, he’d take the studio addresses from the back of VHS tapes and wrote letters asking for an opportunity in a movie.

In his teenage years, he moved on to calling Hollywood agents. “Hi, I’m an aspiring actor looking for an agent.” Of course, no one called back. After that, he spent two years flying to Los Angeles for auditions. That way, while his classmates enjoyed their prom night, he was in Malta, shooting Troy with Brad Pitt.

Recently, he was in the new Coen Brothers movie, “Inside Llewyn Davis”. “Shooting with the Coens looked like a vacation. They’re amazing directors”, he says, just to whisper “But nothing can compare to Walter. No one has ever invested in me that much.”

“Baaaaaaaby! Why are you taking so long?” screams the house owner from the other side of the porch. It’s time to give Kirsten her boyfriend back. While Garrett calls a cab (after getting confused and calling a limo service instead), I thank her for having me.

“No problem, the door is always open in this house. We really like visits.” Garrett follows me to the cab. The visit is over. Kirsten has her doors open, but we won’t publish her address.

Translation - Serafina Interview with Garrett
28 May, 2012

Very quick teases that is just going to make the wait some of us have (December!) feel even longer.

It was part of a longer video, but I edited out the clips. The music is “Home” by Will Hanson and was used in the official trailer. The original Brazilian video with interviews with Walter, Kristen and Sam is HERE.

On the Road Montage - Includes New Scenes
28 May, 2012

Garrett and Gerald Nicosia at the OTR premiere afterparty in Cannes

Gerald’s reaction to the film itself:

The movie itself is stunning in so many ways. The cinematography of the road is so grand that I told cinematographer Eric Gautier at the afterparty, “The road should be nominated for an Academy Award!” He laughed and said, “That was the whole idea.”

Garrett Hedlund’s performance as Neal was worthy of an Academy Award also. He brought so many dimensions to Neal Cassady that have not been seen before—tenderness, anguish, vulnerability, and also quiet thoughtfulness, as well as the famous mad joy and insatiable sex drive.

Ditto for Tom Sturridge as Allen Ginsberg. He showed the anger and vulnerability in the young Allen, as well as the power of his poetic mind. He even reflected many of Allen’s facial mannerisms, which immediately made me remember Allen when I watched him on screen (I knew Allen well for many years). Afterward, I asked Sturridge about that, and he said he had watched as many films of Allen as he could find, to learn his facial expressions and his gestures, before he began to act the part.

Perhaps most strikingly, to use a phrase I steal from my friend film critic Patrick Z. McGavin, the film captures the “demonic joy” of Kerouac better than any book, article, or film I have yet seen. The New Year’s Eve party scene is the quintessence of this, and will go down in film lore for decades, I believe.

Gerald’s observations on Garrett and Kirsten:

Garrett Hedlund and Kirsten Dunst sat together for almost the whole afterparty, and are clearly very close. Once you get to know them, it’s easy to see what they have in common—besides great acting talent. They are both extremely humble, down-to-earth people—they both feel like people you grew up with, despite being beautiful superstars in the eye of the media.

Source – Thank you for sharing, Gerry!

Kerouac Biographer Gerald Nicosia Reacts to On the Road
28 May, 2012

You can see how the Jury rated all the films in competition at Cannes, including On The Road. Amour (Love) is the film that went on to win the Palme d’Or.


Cannes 2012 Jury Grid
28 May, 2012

It’s in Portuguese, but we should have a translation soon. This is what Na Estrada wrote on their Facebook page with the scans:

Check out the interview with Garrett Hedlund, the new Hollywood heartthrob for Serafina. He was interviewed at the home of Kirsten Dunst, his girlfriend, who also acts in the film.

“The film is about youth, a time when you feel that anything is possible,” says Garrett. “I was afraid of getting old for the role, but Walter told me: ‘You will not get old. You’re my boy”

Serafina interview with Garrett
28 May, 2012