Meredith Hagner: How I cry on demand

Meredith Hagner thinks it's "surreal" she's landed a part in Woody Allen's Irrational Man.

Meredith Hagner goes "into a dark place" when she needs to cry on camera.

The 28-year-old US star has landed a role of a lifetime in Woody Allen's Irrational Man, which also stars Emma Stone and Joaquin Phoenix.

Maybe it's her ability to turn the waterworks on that clinched the deal for the director.

"I can weirdly cry on command," she revealed to Maxim magazine. 

"You gotta deliver. One of my friends had a trick where she would just stare at the lights until her eyes watered.

"But I would just go into a dark place."

Meredith has always been a huge Woody fan and counts Annie Hall, Midnight in Paris and Manhattan among her favourites.

When she was offered the part, it was an absolute no-brainer.

"When you get to work with the director you've idolised and adored your whole life, it's just very special and surreal," she marvelled.

"Woody Allen truly is a genius."

But appearing in a film helmed by the famed moviemaker also comes with its downsides.

Woody famously avoids talking to the actors and even Emma, who now has some seriously big films under her belt, was scared of getting fired when she turned up on set.

“It’s terrifying,” she recently admitted to wsj.com.

“He doesn’t do table reads or any rehearsal.

"You can’t even ask questions about your character, because he’ll be like: ‘You know this is a movie, right?’”

Irrational Man is out next Friday in the US and has a September release in the UK.

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