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Actress Julie Delpy on the romance, reality and relationships in 'Before Midnight'

Actress Julie Delpy attends the premiere of Sony Pictures Classics'
Actress Julie Delpy attends the premiere of Sony Pictures Classics' "Before Midnight" at the Directors Guild Of America on May 21, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
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Richard Linklater’s 1995 "Before Sunrise" was a cult classic romantic drama that took a real, sometimes uncomfortably close look at the birth of a relationship between Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy).

Two sequels later, Linklater’s 2013 "Before Midnight" shows that 18 years on, the story of these two characters, like their relationship, is surviving the test of time.

We talk to actress Julie Delpy about the film, and how it feels to be a part of the classic romantic movie trilogy.

What are the aspects that make the "Before" series so durable? How is it that Delpy and her co-writers can keep getting the stark realities of relationships right, 18 years after their first success?


Julie Delpy, Actress, currently Golden-Globe nominated for her role in “Before Midnight” (Sony Classics) - the third film in director Richard Linklater’s “Before” trilogy, co-starring Ethan Hawke; Delpy, Hawke and Linklater were co-writers of the film