Geraldine Viswanathan talks Bad Education

Geraldine Viswanathan in Bad Education. Courtesy of HBO.

Geraldine Viswanathan spoke to Solzy at the Movies on the red carpet prior to the world premiere of Bad Education in Toronto last year.

Geraldine Viswanathan attends the Bad Education premiere during the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival.
Geraldine Viswanathan attends the “Bad Education” premiere during the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival at Princess of Wales Theatre on September 08, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

How did working on Bad Education compare to Blockers?

Geraldine Viswanathan: I would say pretty different. Blockers was my first American movie and that was more like an ensemble with the girls it was more of a comedy. I feel like this leans more into the dramatic side and this is also based on a true story. It’s pretty different.

What was it that attracted you to the character in the script?

Geraldine Viswanathan: I thought that she was really kind of bold in how she just went after the story and quite—I mean, I just thought that she was a strong character. I thought my relationship with her dad was really interesting, too, in how she had been through a similar sort of scandal in a personal life. She also just seemed kind of a little bit socially off, which I had fun playing because it was just different.

How honored are you to be here with two films during the festival on top of being named a Rising Star?

Geraldine Viswanathan: It’s completely crazy. I feel insanely honored. What a special first TIFF experience. I’m just so excited to celebrate these movies. I have so much love for them both. The Rising Star was cool. I got to meet so many other creatives.

Bad Education airs April 25 at 8 PM ET/PT on HBO.

Danielle Solzman

Danielle Solzman is native of Louisville, KY, and holds a BA in Public Relations from Northern Kentucky University and a MA in Media Communications from Webster University. She roots for her beloved Kentucky Wildcats, St. Louis Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, and Boston Celtics. Living less than a mile away from Wrigley Field in Chicago, she is an active reader (sports/entertainment/history/biographies/select fiction) and involved with the Chicago improv scene. She also sees many movies and reviews them. She has previously written for Redbird Rants, Wildcat Blue Nation, and Hidden Remote/Flicksided. From April 2016 through May 2017, her film reviews can be found on Creators.