Emily Beecham

IS out of the bad­landS…

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At 33, Emily Beecham’s ca­reer is en­ter­ing over­drive. Ap­pear­ing in the Coens’ Hail, Caesar! and as The Widow in AMC’s Into The Bad­lands, the Cheshire-born ac­tress now stars in Bri­tish in­die Daphne, as a young out-of-con­trol Lon­doner. “The film is so un­pre­dictable,” she grins. “You just don’t know where it’s go­ing to go.”

How would you de­scribe Daphne’s jour­ney in the film?

She’s reluc­tantly hav­ing an ex­is­ten­tial cri­sis. I think she’s forced to re­flect on her­self in her life and that is not com­fort­able; she’s not used to do­ing that. [Un­til then,] her hu­mour was al­ways her mask, re­ally, her pro­tec­tion – her am­mu­ni­tion re­ally.

Daphne is com­pa­ra­ble to US indies such as Frances Ha and Ob­vi­ous Child. Is it quite unique in Bri­tish cul­ture?

Fleabag [Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s BBC sit­com] is the only thing I can think of that’s fairly sim­i­lar. I think we were both mak­ing them at the same time. They’re both fairly abra­sive and shielded [char­ac­ters], both in­de­pen­dent and a lit­tle bit dis­con­nected from peo­ple around them. Like no­mads in a way.

Un­like Daphne then, did you find your call­ing early?

I think so. I seem to have a fo­cus on some­thing I’m pas­sion­ate about. Ob­vi­ously a lot of peo­ple drift and don’t quite know what they re­ally want to spend their lives do­ing. I was al­ways in­ter­ested in act­ing very early. I re­mem­ber, I watched Michael Win­ter­bot­tom’s film Won­der­land on tele­vi­sion when I was quite young, ac­ci­den­tally, and I was trans­fixed.

You’re about to start shoot­ing Sea­son 3 of What can you say?

Into The Bad­lands.

Sea­son 3, I think it’ll be more fun, I think they’ll push it fur­ther. Sea­son 2 got a much big­ger re­ac­tion than Sea­son 1. But the world is start­ing to de­velop. It’s quite an ad­ven­tur­ous show for AMC. I think they were feel­ing it out to see how it goes, so I think they’re re­ally in­vest­ing in Sea­son 3.



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