The Finest Hours: Holliday Grainger Interview

The Finest Hours (in theatres on Friday) is based on the Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman book of the same name, which tells the true story of Coast Guard Captain Bernie Webber (Chris Pine) and his crew. When a massive nor’easter hits the Eastern seaboard in February 1952, it tears a T-2 oil tanker in half and Webber and his three-man team must set out in a wooden lifeboat in dangerous conditions to rescue the stranded sailors. The film also stars Ben Foster, John Ortiz and Eric Bana, and Holliday Grainger.

 Me and Holliday

Me and Holliday

Holliday Grainger is is an English screen and stage actress best known for her roles as  Lucrezia Borgia in the Showtime series The Borgias and Estella in Mike Newell's adaptation of Great Expectations.  In The Finest Hours she plays Miriam, a local phone operator who meets our hero Bernie Webber on a blind date. The two had only spoke on the phone several times before their first date, but when they met Miriam knew that Bernie was the man for her. Little did she know, that while working for the Coast Guard Bernie would face the biggest challenge of his career risking not only his own life, but also the lives of his crew members.

 Chris Pine and Holliday Grainger in, The Finest Hours

Chris Pine and Holliday Grainger in, The Finest Hours

Holliday Grainger was in Toronto where we discussed the amazing feat of these real-life heroes, Chris Pine's’ gorgeous blue eyes, having a chance to meet Miriam's real-life daughter and the role that changed her life.