For Tanna Frederick, the star of Henry Jaglom’s new film “Irene in Time,” playing the title role of a girl whose father was deceitful and absent a lot was a bit of a stretch. “I have a great relationship with my dad. Growing up in Iowa, we were two buddies,” Frederick told Associated Content via telephone.
“We would go biking together, we would go fishing together, we would talk about anything. He’s like a best friend to me. Both of my parents are in the film—those are 8 mm clips of my father at the end of the movie. Those are home movie clips,” she said.
“Irene in Time” Deals with the Relationships between Fathers and Daughters
The film, which was written and directed by Jaglom (“Festival in Cannes”), focuses on Irene’s struggles to find a solid relationship. She discusses this issue with other women and even reads self-help books while relaxing in the swimming pool. Irene realizes, however, that she’s looking for a man who will treat her just as special as her father did.
“I think it is something that men have been moved by just as women. It is about a father and daughter and Henry made it about fathers and daughters. There are a lot of men who have daughters or have a close relationship with their fathers,” Frederick said, referring to how people are reacting to the film.
Elements of Mystery and Magic in “Irene in Time”
As an adult, Irene hears anecdotes about her father, including how he won the boat that bears her name. By accident, Irene finds some clues to a hidden chapter in his life, an event that some people still want to keep hidden.
“Henry wanted to make a film that had elements of magic, magical realism in them. Sort of “Love Story” in a way that resonated with the themes of movies like “Portrait of Jenny” and “Stairway to Heaven” and “A Guy Named Joe.” The love that beats time, which is our relationships with our fathers, for both men and women,” Frederick said.
Unlike her onscreen father, Frederick said her dad was always around and incredibly patient. “He was at the premiere with me last week-we sat together and held hands. I was kind of tomboy growing up, so I did guy things with him, instead of being his little princess,” she said.
An Actress and a Fundraiser
Since moving to Los Angeles from her hometown of Mason City, Iowa, Frederick has been quite busy. She finished up work on “Queen of the Lot,” the follow-up to Jaglom’s “Hollywood Dreams,” and, in-between her film and stage work, she helps raise money for worthy causes. “I did a fundraiser for Oceana, which is a global organization aiming at water/ocean conservation,” she said.
“It’s interesting because I did it two years ago when the economy wasn’t bad and we raised $86,000. This year, we raised half that. I kind of figured that it was because of the economy. Even though we raised less, people are very giving right now and open, their hearts are very open right now. People donated so many items and time and energy to the surf fund.”
“Irene in Time,” rated PG-13 for thematic elements and some sexual content, opens in Southern California on Friday, June 19.