IS out of the badlandS…
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.
ETA | 29 SEPTEMBER / DAPHNE OPENS NEXT MONTH.