Nina Dobrev – “Run This Town” and the Cautionary Tale of Rob Ford | The Daily Show


What’s interesting is
you just came from South Africa, where we don’t have
the coronavirus right now. -I left the only safe place
on the planet. -Yeah, yeah. -Yeah. -You did. And then I–
Like, I came to America, and now my friends
from back home, they’re like, “Oh, yeah, yeah.
Who’s got viruses now?” (laughing) So, welcome back
from your whirlwind. I-I don’t even know
how you’re here. I don’t know how you’re awake.
You’ve been in South Africa shooting a movie. You’ve
been there for how long now? -Uh, I was there since the–
mid-January, probably. -Right. -Over a month. -And you seem
like– From your Instagram, it seems like you’ve been having
the time of your life. It feels like I haven’t been
on set at all. I’ve just been traveling
and playing with animals and-and it-it’s– I-I love
where you’re from so much. I might move there. I might–
We might have to switch places, -and I’m-I’m gonna become
a resident. -Oh, yeah, yeah. I don’t– And you visit my mom
and tell her everything’s good -and then– Yeah. This is
a great deal. -Exactly. This is a great deal.
Um, then you– then you flew out to London.
You flew out to Paris. You-You’ve been, like, on a–
Then you started, -like, following the coronavirus
around. -Yeah, yeah, yeah. -Now you’re back in the U.S.
-I might be the– Yeah, I might be the one
spreading it, actually, -so beware. -No, no, no.
No, ’cause you’re behind it. I can vouch for you.
You’re behind it. -It was there before you.
-Cool, cool, cool. Um, but you’re back and you’re here to talk
about, uh, a new film that you’re in, um, predominantly about
Rob Ford -uh, uh, the mayor from Toronto.
-Yes. Really controversial figure. And this is–
this is a fascinating story, because he was– he was a figure
that was larger than life. -Mm.
-And he-he was really– You know, I mean,
a lot of people would say, like, he was a bad man.
But it seemed like people treated him
more like a joke than-than as a problem
and as a politician. Tell us a little bit
about the story and-and why you chose
to be a part of this film. Yeah, I mean, it’s, uh–
I’m Canadian, and, uh, the film
is about politician Rob Ford, like you pointed out.
And he was– I thought it was
an important story to tell mainly because, in a way,
he was like a precursor, he was, like, foreshadowing
what was about to happen below America’s hat.
Is that what it’s called? -Right.
-Yeah. We’re the hat, right? You-you think he was
a foreshadow to Trump? Well, in a way, yeah.
I mean, he– Everyone thought he was
entertaining and hilarious and weird and they didn’t take
him seriously. -And yet he did
all these things. -Mm-hmm. And, um, I-I don’t know. I just feel like we sh–
it was like a warning -that nobody really listened to.
-Right. And it’s-it’s like
a cautionary tale that we just need to be
more aware of, especially now going
into the next election. It-it really is interesting,
because he was larger than life. He was charismatic
in his own way. -He was funny. He knew how
to spin the news. -Mm-hmm. And you play
an interesting character who’s one of the people affected
by Rob Ford, -um, a character who’s based
on a real-life person. -Mm. Because Rob Ford had women
who worked in his campaign and he was accused of saying
horrible things to them, doing h-horrible things to them. Your character plays one
of these women who is almost forced to work
in this environment because she can’t find a job. When you’re– when
you’re preparing for this role, there are so many things that
are going through your mind. How do you inform yourself
about how this character is going to be played? Well, I mean, I-I did
my research as much as I could. -And, yes, she’s loosely based
on a real person. -Mm-hmm. But, in general, I mean, so
many people are going to school and getting
all these a-amazing degrees and studying so hard
and then they can’t find work -in their area of expertise.
-Yeah. And, in her case,
she worked for Rob Ford, and she didn’t really have it– Like, she-she was in a– She was between a rock
and a hard place, essentially. She wanted to do what was right,
but she needed to make money. And she had– She felt like
she had to be in this situation -where she was being harassed
in the workplace. -Mm-hmm. And that conversation,
obviously, has been highlighted, and it’s changing slowly. But this woman, in real life, I mean, she stood up for herself
and left the situation and didn’t want to take
this abuse anymore. And she was, in a way,
a bit of a pioneer for the movement
that happened many years later. It’s-it’s a powerful story. You-you play the character well. -Thank you. -If-if you are–
if you are looking at a story like this,
some people may gravitate towards, like, the sadness
of the story. “I can’t believe this happened.
This is so sad.” But there is–
there is a triumph in it. What-what would you say that is
for you? I think that the people– I mean, hopefully,
we can just get everyone that is voting right now. -I mean, tomorrow is
the big day, right? -Right. -Super Thursday.
-Yeah. Super Thursday, as– -Yeah. Yeah. (chuckles)
-(laughs) So, if anything, like,
whatever your opinion is, whatever you believe in, just
get out there and actually vote. Like, we need– Every election
is just as important as the next.
And so I think that we have– We all have voices
and we all have opinions and we’re entitled to them. And as long as people go out and-and believe in what they
believe in and fight for it, then that’s, like– We
just need to get to the polls. -Get to the polls.
-(cheering and applause) Thank you so much
for being on the show. Beautiful performance. -And say hi to my mom.
-I will. Run This Town will be in
theaters and on demand March 6. Nina Dobrev, everybody.

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