Juno Temple, 2013’s winner of the BAFTA Rising Star Award, the only award to be voted for by the public – Temple has established herself as one of the most versatile and talented young actresses in the past years. Recognized as a true star in the making, Temple fearlessly takes on the role of McKenna, a club stripper, sex worker turned nanny in “Afternoon Delight” with co-stars .
In the movie, a stay-at-home mom named Rachel (Hahn) took interest in McKenna after a lap dance meeting in a club where McKenna works. Rachel, thinking that her life had gone on a plateau one day tried to experiment with her husband Jeff (Radnor) by visiting a strip club to spice up their marriage. She eventually meets McKenna who gave her a lap dance. When Rachel wakes up the next morning, she finds herself restless and nothing is ever the same in her routine. She started to follow McKenna and tried to get to know her better.
McKenna, looking young and fragile, prompted Rachel to lead McKenna out of her current employment as a stripper and sex worker. When the opportunity presented itself, Rachel took advantage to take McKenna home after being evicted from where she was staying. Much to her husband’s hesitation to take McKenna in, Rachel arranged to make McKenna their temporary live-in nanny. Rachel’s obsession in helping McKenna would soon unravel truths about herself that will spill over changes not just to her but to their marriage as well.
Directed by Jill Soloway, “Afternoon Delight” has also won the directing award at this year’s Sundance Festival. “Beyond the comedic and cinematic concepts that were on my mind, I made a few feminist choices while writing. Often, when the Madonna/Whore trope turns up in popular entertainment, the bad girl gets thrown under the bus or otherwise metaphorically murdered so that the movie can fulfill a typical Hero’s Journey plot. I am deeply interested in another possibility, a less-told Heroine’s Journey that unravels in the shape of contiguous spirals. These interconnected circles form an emotional roller coaster for the audience as we allow dual protagonists to repeatedly switch places; both women veer through right and wrong multiple times,” shares Soloway.
Temple’s breakthrough arrived when she won the role of Cate Blanchett’s daughter in the Academy Award-nominated film “Notes on A Scandal.” Temple played Polly, the rebellious daughter of Blanchett’s character Sheba. She was most recently seen opposite Matthew McConaughey and Emile Hirsch in “Killer Joe,” based on the play by Tracy Letts and directed by William Friedkin. She was also recently seen in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises” opposite Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, and Anne Hathaway.
Temple’s other films include “Lovelace” opposite Amanda Seyfried and Peter Sarsgaard, she recently wrapped production on Disney’s live-action fairy tale “Maleficient,” starring Angelina Jolie. She will also be seen next in ”Horns” opposite Daniel Radcliffe. Additional credits include “The Brass Teapot,” “The Other Boleyn Girl,” “The Three Musketeers,” “Mr. Nobody,” “The Year One,” “1939 St. Trinian’s,” “Wild Child” and “Pandaemonium.”
Rated R-16, “Afternoon Delight” opens December 11 in cinemas from Axinite Digicinema, Inc