Cannes: Christina Hendricks Reveals Why She Joined Ryan Gosling's 'Lost River' (Video)

1:22 PM PST 05/21/2014 by Rebecca Ford

"I don't know visually how it's going to come across, but there was some scary stuff," says the "Mad Men" actress, who stars in Gosling's directorial debut.

Mad Men star Christina Hendricks was able to arrange her busy shooting schedule to fly out to Cannes for less than 48 hours, her first tie attending the famous French film festival.

"I'm nervous and I'm excited," she told THR in an interview just hours before her big red-carpet premiere.

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The actress stars as a struggling single mother in Ryan Gosling's directorial debut, Lost River, which premiered on May 20.

Hendricks worked with Gosling on the 2011 hit Drive. "He had casually mentioned when were on Drive that he'd like to direct me someday, and I thought that was really nice," she said.

Hendricks, who had not seen the completed film ahead of the premiere, said that Gosling's style of directing differs greatly from that of their Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn.

"Ryan was incredibly collaborative and involved me far before we ever got to set," she said. "We had a wonderful two weeks before we even got to set where the whole cast came to Detroit and we were able to do rehearsals with one another.

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"He's the one that made that happen. That's a luxury, you don't get that rehearsal time very often," she added.

The story is set in a dreamlike sub-sphere of reality, which leads to some intense and sometimes violent fantasy scenes involving Hendricks.

"I love anything that's sort of surreal and with fantasy. I love to watch movies like that, so I was excited to be a part of something like that -- I never have been before," she said. "I don't know visually how it's going to come across, but there was some scary stuff."

Watch THR's interview with Hendricks above.

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