The sad news of Philip Seymour Hoffman was a surprising and devastating shock. It was only two weeks ago that InStyle caught up with the actor at the Sundance Film Festival, where he stopped by our pop-up portrait studio in Park City, Utah not once, but twice—first to promote his film God’s Pocket co-starring Christina Hendricks and directed by John Slattery (above), and second to sing praises for A Most Wanted Man, which co-stars Rachel McAdams and Willem Dafoe.
“Phil was so easy and welcoming, and you know, I’d never met him before,” Hendricks had told InStyle.com during the shoot for God’s Pocket, which tells the story of Mickey Scarpato (Hoffman) not being able to catch a break, in life, love (Hendricks plays his wife) or work in the blue-collar Philadelphia neighborhood, God’s Pocket. “I didn’t know how he was going to be, but he was just great to work with. He was relaxed and nice.”
For the two days he was in our studio, he was reserved. It reflected the demeanor he said he tried to keep on set. “We know each other outside of this. But there’s a job to be done,” he told InStyle. “There was not of a lot of laughter on set. Yes, you joke. But ultimately you finish up and you think about the next thing.”
Philip Seymour Hoffman is survived by his partner, Mimi O’Donnell, and their three children.