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Sunday 20 April 2014

Dawson in a trance over new role

Rosario Dawson arriving at the World Premiere of Trance, at the Odeon West End, in Leicester Square

Rosario Dawson has revealed she is a convert to hypnotherapy after trying it for new film Trance.

The Sin City star looked entrancing on the red carpet in a glittering red gown by British designer Jenny Packham, at the premiere of Danny Boyle's new thriller in London's Leicester Square.

Her co-stars Vincent Cassel and James McAvoy both claimed they had tried hypnosis as research for the film but it had not worked while Danny said he did not even try it because "directors are control freaks and I don't think they ever relax enough to be a useful subject for a hypnotist".

But Rosario, who plays a hypnotherapist in the film, said: "I think it works actually, quite well. I didn't have anything like cigarettes to quit or anything like that.

"But I remember I went in and gave her an idea of what I wanted to work on in the session. And I laid down and she put a blanket over me because when you go into a trance state it's sort of like being in between sleep and awake, so your body thinks it's falling asleep. So I got cold and then I relaxed and I went along with her voice and it was really comforting. My body did those little spasms that it does when you're falling asleep.

"Then, I woke up and she said 'I know you said you wanted to work on this, but you reacted to this, this and this.' And I was like, 'How can you know all that?!' And she said my foot was kicking when she asked me about a certain thing.

"It's actually quite interesting that your conscience will reveal itself, and if you're trained to read that, people give a lot of tells. It's almost like poker. We think we're hiding things, but we're not.

"It was really great for me to experience that, because the premise of the film is that hypnotherapy works on such a strong level. It was really necessary for me to believe that, and having been through that I gained a lot of respect for the profession, I have to say."

James plays a fine art auctioneer who gets mixed up with a criminal gang, headed by Vincent's character, who join forces with a hypnotherapist played by Rosario to try to recover a lost painting.

Rosario and Danny were rumoured to be dating after working on the film - and she was his guest at the Olympics opening ceremony. But it was revealed earlier this month that they have split.

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