CHICAGO — On the Dean’s List/A-List interview — Oscar winner Juliette Binoche, who joins Morgan Freeman in the new movie “Paradise Highway.”

“Paradise Highway” is the story of a truck driving woman who reluctantly agrees to smuggle illicit cargo to save the life of her brother. It’s not a glamourous role for Binoche, but as the normally elegant French actress told us, it helped her connect with the character.

“Paradise Highway” opens in theaters and on-demand on Friday.