Supporting would be the correct word. Alexandria is a role that could easily make or break “The Fall”. The role was so important, as a matter of fact, that when Tarsem Singh found out that Catinca believed Lee Pace to actually be unable to walk he just went with it… for everyone. Just about everyone working on “The Fall” believed him to be a paraplegic. Watching the film with this piece of information helps one understand the depth of sincerity in Alexandria’s empathy… Well, it also helps that she is absolutely, positively, a-d-o-r-a-b-l-e.
The emotional challenges presented to Catinca in what follows are incredible. I was in awe at the ability she shows to stand up under such pressure. The battle of Roy, the battle for us to simultaneously comfort Alexandria and to still “tell the story” in all of its rawness is overwhelming. Her performance is, in a word: brave
Alexandria will be with me for the rest of my life, because she showed me the true power of a child’s imagination. This power is often understood, but equally as much underestimated. It has great potential and great danger. “The Fall” looks it full in the face and doesn’t blink.