We talk Okja with Tilda Swinton, Lily Collins, Steven Yeun and more!

Last Updated on August 5, 2021

Okja, Tilda Swinton, Giancarlo Esposito, Paul Dano, Lily Collins, Steven Yeun

To say OKJA is unlike any movie I've ever seen is understating the matter. That's not necessarily a comment on its quality (although I do like it quite a bit), it's just a statement I think is undeniably true. Directed by Bong Joon-ho (THE HOST, SNOWPIERCER), the film tells the tale of a young girl and her friendship with a gigantic "super pig," which she has helped raise since she they were both babies. Sadly for her, the pig – named Okja – is the result of an experiment conducted by a food corporation, which now wants its prized possession back. The film tackles a great many themes and tones and is certain to divide the audience, but one thing it will not be is forgotten easily.

Tilda Swinton and Giancarlo Esposito plays two of the cold, calculating figures from the food industry side of things; Swinton portrays the face of the company looking to turn Okja into a meal, the Mirando Corporation, while Esposito stars as her (supposed) right-hand man. I spoke to the two accomplished actors about the many things OKJA has to say, how their characters relate to one another, working with Bong Joon-ho and more.

Paul Dano, Lily Collins and Steven Yeun plays activists who are intent on helping Okja out of the bind she's in, but their methods prove to put the animal in even more danger. I spoke to the trio about "working" with Okja, seeing the film come to life, the atmosphere on set and more.

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