Merritt is gracing the September 2018 cover of Mood Magazine, where she talks about her movie Unbroken: Path to Redemption. She was photographed by Edwin L Ortega and although overly airbrushed she looked really beautiful. We added 6 high quality photos to the Gallery! You can also read her interview below:
Tell us about your character Cynthia Applewhite on the upcoming movie.
Cynthia Applewhite was an incredible woman and an integral part of Louie Zamperini’s life. She was the driving force behind Louie. Supporting him with his Olympic dreams and trying her best to stand by him through his decline. Louie was an alcoholic and struggled with PTSD, which wasn’t widely recognized or treated at the time. Cynthia’s courage and strength were admirable especially in a time when woman didn’t always show an outward strength. She was resilient and stood up for herself and her family.
It’s your first lead role on a major film, what made you want to take on the role as Cynthia Applewhite?
Learning about Cynthia and the essential role she played in Louie’s life was so fascinating! Having the opportunity to portray her was both nerve racking and exciting. It was my first time playing a real- life person and there’s a high expectation to that. You want to do the person justice. I feel very fortunate to have had the chance to learn about her and to play a woman who was so spirited and vital in this unbelievable story.