Premiering a film at three major festivals — Venice, Telluride, Toronto — in less than two weeks is intense, but considering “First Man” is the third feature-length effort from Oscar-winning wunderkind director Damien Chazelle, the bar was set rather high.
Actress Olivia Hamilton, 31, is along for the wild ride, in more ways than one. She’s part of the cast in the film about Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. As Pat White, wife of astronaut Edward White, Hamilton’s effective supporting turn illustrates the human cost of NASA’s far-reaching space program. She’s also newly wed to Chazelle, her partner of three-and-a-half years.
“First Man,” which stars Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy, hits theaters on Friday, and Hamilton is bracing for a potential long awards season ahead. But on this afternoon in her Venice Beach, Calif., pad, she’s barefoot and relaxed as she discusses the real-life character she portrays.
Claire Foy as Janet Armstrong and Olivia Hamilton as Pat White in a scene from “First Man.”
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“She starts off incredibly patriotic and supportive and on the team, and her relationship with her husband is like the dream relationship. It’s almost like they were ahead of their time;