Frances McDormand was offered a job at Target while shooting Nomadland – Yahoo Entertainment

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Frances McDormand was so convincing while researching life as a modern-day nomad for her new film, she was offered a job at a local Target.” data-reactid=”19″>Frances McDormand was so convincing while researching life as a modern-day nomad for her new film, she was offered a job at a local Target.

Nomadland follows Fern (McDormand), a rural Nevada widow who hits the road across the country after losing everything during the Great Recession. To get into character, writer and director Chloé Zhao and a small team of 24 others including McDormand, visited more than seven states across a five-month period, becoming one with the reality of the character who worked a variety of different jobs while living in her van.” data-reactid=”20″>Based on the non-fiction book by Jessica Bruder of the same name, Nomadland follows Fern (McDormand), a rural Nevada widow who hits the road across the country after losing everything during the Great Recession. To get into character, writer and director Chloé Zhao and a small team of 24 others including McDormand, visited more than seven states across a five-month period, becoming one with the reality of the character who worked a variety of different jobs while living in her van.

Variety.” data-reactid=”21″>“It was really about setting up an ecosystem, working with the nomads, because they are not always stationary and getting Fran to blend in,” said Zhao during a press conference for the Venice Film Festival, according to Variety.

Added McDormand, “Because of that, we were able to move swiftly and live in the community of the van-dwellers in a way that wasn’t disruptive. We played the game of ‘what if?’ What if I was really one of them?”

The highly lauded actress ensured that in her portrayal of Fern she kept in mind that she wasn’t bringing to life a character but an amalgamation of real-life nomads living in the United States right now.

“It was much more about honoring the process of a person’s life than a process of making a movie,” she explained. “It was successful because in one town in Nebraska, I went to the local Target and I was offered employment. I was offered a form to fill out! I went back to Chloé and said: ‘It’s working!’”

It costars Linda May, Charlene Swankie, and Bob Well, three of the real-life nomads covered in Bruder’s book. Actor David Strathairn is the only other actor featured in the film.

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