Katherine Waterston truly burst onto the Hollywood scene following her role as Joaquin Phoenix’s intoxicating love interest in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, and now she’s taking Hollywood by storm. She’s starring in not one but two major franchises — first appearing in this year’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and also in next May’s Alien: Covenant — and when Fandango sat down with the actress for an extensive conversation with regards to her role in the upcoming Alien movie, we spoke briefly about her continuing journey within the Wizarding World, as well as whether she has plans to reteam with writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson anytime soon.
Firstly, Waterston confirms she’s on board for all four of the remaining Fantastic Beasts movies.
“I think I’m supposed to, yeah,” she said when we asked if she’s doing all five of the Fantastic Beast movies planned. “It’s awesome, and it’s so cool to see the kids. There’s something unique about [my character]; she has this ability to connect with children and access their intelligence in a way. She doesn’t talk down to them, and she somehow inspires them to be more creative themselves with fan fiction and fan art. They want to tell their own stories — it inspires them to create, which I think is really cool. To be a small part of that is amazing.”
But what about another Paul Thomas Anderson movie? Is that in the cards?
“I’m not doing that,” she said when asked if she’ll be appearing in Paul Thomas Anderson’s next movie, which was recently announced and stars Daniel Day-Lewis. “But I really hope [to work with him again]. He’s a dear friend, and means a great deal to me. And if all I get to be to him is a dear friend for the rest of my life, I will be extremely fortunate. And, yeah, obviously I’d love to work with him again.”
Waterston can next be seen in Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant, in theaters on May 19. 2017. Read our full interview with her regarding that film over at Fandango.