Smith is likewise delving into his character, which Capote partly patterned on himself. "When you read the book, it's basically about Fred talking about his love obsession with this enigmatic figure," said Smith. "He stalks her but never tries to write about her because he doesn't know how. She's way too complicated. So he just always wants to be around her. He follows her and hangs around her circle.
"The thing that's beautiful or tragic about it is, 14 years later, I'm still talking about her [in the memory-play frame]. It's me trying to let go of, or understand, this love I have for this woman. Was I in love with her? Was I in love with being able to write this character? Do I envy the kind of person she is, this spirited, opportunistic person who has no boundaries, is completely free and open, as I'm more restrained and conservative?"
Had Smith ever known anyone like Holly Golightly? "I have certainly had people in my life who have expanded my boundaries. Not unlike Fred, I find myself being attracted to people who are more unabashed and unpredictable than I am."
And is there any bit of Holly lurking inside the real Emilia Clarke? "I think that Holly enjoys having fun and so do I," she said. "She's a girl who enjoys being happy and that's definitely something I can relate to." Also: "I have maybe almost as many shoes and dresses as she does."
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