Emma Mackey:’ To want to be a star, you’d have to be a sociopath’


It just looked like Hollywood when the trailer came out, which made me laugh.

I was like, ‘Ah, all right. This is a pretty big deal.” Emma Mackey spent the final months of 2019 filming Death on the Nile, the second adaptation of Poirot by Kenneth Branagh.

It’s the first time she’s dipped her toes in the waters of a blockbuster for Mackey, who turns 25 on Monday: “I’d never had the experience of going into a studio before where the sets were built and the costumes were tailored to my body, and I had a wig, and it was just…” She falters, losing words. “I can’t speak about it clearly!” ” she says, laughing. “It always blows my mind absolutely.” She does an impression of a 1930s virgin. “It felt like a movie! A movie for real! “Which is, I guess, a positive indication. The Guide: Hanging In – Sign Up for Our Home Entertainment TipsContinue ReadingDeath on the Nile is one of those films that the pandemic has bounced through.

It was expected to be released last October, and then just in time for Christmas, but Disney moved it back to September of this year as confusion persists.

She loved the whole thing, Mackey says: the makeup, the props, the choreography.

For the first time, Seeing Boat blew her away. Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Sophie Okonedo and Annette Bening, as well as Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders, the film stars. “I would purposely put myself in a French and Saunders sandwich most days just to feel good,” she laughs, “and Annette Bening would call us ‘her women.’ One day we went out to dinner and she ordered for us, ‘My wives and I will have this bottle of wine.’ I was like: God, you’re so glamorous.”

That’s right. She giggles.

Dawn was like, ‘I’m Wonder Woman, obviously, am I not, Gal? ‘This is all good and good, but …. ” They are so beautiful. “As we talked last September, Mackey was shooting Sex Education’s third season in Cardiff.

She plays hard girl Maeve, with a nose ring and a heart of gold, the book-loving, riot grrrl-listening loner. Shooting began, but with restrictions: Cast members were not allowed to leave the country or use public transport and were screened for covid twice a week. The second season ended with her romantic interest (and business partner in teen sex therapy) confessing his love to Otis in a voiced They’ve got to abandon cliffhangers. Mackey grew up with an English mother and a French father, mostly in the Pays de la Loire region of France.

She moved to England to study English at the University of Leeds at 17. “Beckett, Kane and Pinter were my favorite courses.”

Last semester, I took that one, and I thought, yeah, theater is for me. She moved to London, got an agent, and through a casting call landed her first real role, Sex Education.

Amazingly, until 2019, the play did not begin, although its cultural presence makes it sound like it began much sooner.

The film is a true phenomenon, quickly injecting itself into cultural sex and gender debates and making stars out of its actors.

In those two years, life must have changed a lot. “I mean, Death on the Nile??” It’s a certain seriousness that Mackey has something in common with Maeve; she has a calmer air than her character and is always up for a laugh, but she gives the impression of someone who thinks deeply about it all. She likes to make it useful when she has free time, which isn’t often: she goes for walks, cooks, reads, watches documentaries.

She says she doesn’t feel the need to work endlessly, pursuing the next task constantly. “I’m realizing more and more how bizarre it is to spend a lot of your waking hours dressed up as someone else. Wearing clothes that aren’t your own, you don’t have a lot of room to maneuver.” Any time she has is precious, and she wants to make the most of it. She says, “I guess what I’m saying is, the simpler the better,” Does that also apply to jobs? “Does that apply to work as well? ”

Anyway, I have always been that way, but even more so now.

It’s good to ask yourself the question,’ If I did this job, would I be a happier person, would it lift me up? ‘And now, I guess it’s more,’ if I’m going to do that,’


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