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So Many Questions: Rebecca Da Costa enjoyed revealing character in 'Bag Man'

| Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 6:35 p.m.
Peter Svenson
Rebecca Da Costa

Let's face it — deep down, we're all just like that kid who's told not to touch the hot stove. Suddenly, something that never crossed our mind becomes undeniably appealing.

The inability to resist temptation might be one of our oldest downfalls, but for Brazillian model-actress Rebecca Da Costa, it's the true test of trust and loyalty. At least, that's what she found while starring as damsel-in-distress/butt kicker Rivka in the recently released thriller, “The Bag Man.”

The plot revolves around a crime boss (Robert DeNiro) who gives his hitman (John Cusack) one last job with one simple instruction: Retrieve a mysterious bag without looking to see what's inside of it.

For Da Costa, it was a reminder that to understand one's true intentions, you must begin to peel away a person's outer layers. When you know who you are dealing with, you know who you can and cannot trust.

Question: Are people just hard-wired to be unable to resist what's forbidden?

Answer: I guess it makes people more curious. When something's forbidden, it's more exciting. You want to find out. But the thing is, it's a big test. It's a big test of loyalty.

Q: Why?

A: I don't know! I guess it just seems so mysterious. That's why people are so attracted to it.

Q: Does trust always come through testing?

A: I think that we do that very often. We're constantly just testing people. We're trying to protect ourselves. We definitely do that with our partners, with our friends.

Q: Was there anything you found surprising about your character, Rivka?

A: When you first see her, she's supposed to be a stripper, and she's very mysterious, so you're not quite sure what this girl is about. She's very sexy; she dresses in a very weird manner in a superhero-type outfit. So, you don't know what to expect. What surprised me is that she had so many layers ­­­— like so much emotional background — and throughout the movie, it was my job to remove those layers and just start to show people a different side of her. She's not only this sexy femme fatale. So that was the surprising part — to reveal the woman behind the mask that she carries in everyday life.

Q: What qualities does Rivka possessas a real woman?

A: There's an explanation for everyone — why she dressed the way she dressed, why she behaved the way she behaved. Everybody has a soft side to them, and I just wanted to show people why she's like that. That she can be emotional, she can be loving, she can be trusted. I just wanted to show people all those layers of her.

Q: When it comes to the everyday, how do we peel off our own layers and let our guard down?

A: Yeah, I guess we do that every day. A good example is hair and makeup. You just need to be yourself.

Kate Benz is the social columnist for Trib Total Media. Reach her at kbenz@tribweb.com, 412-380-8515 or via Twitter: @KateBenzTRIB.

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