‘Normal girl’ who finds strife
Florence Pugh plays the title character in this BBC adaptation of John le Carre’s The Little Drummer Girl, following on from the success of last year’s The Night Manager.
Her character, Charlie, is a struggling actor living in London who is drawn into an elaborate counter-terrorism operation while being caught up in a very “complicated, heartbreaking and deceitful love story”.
“The character excited me because for the first time in my career, I didn’t have to put on a mask,” says Pugh. “She’s quite a normal girl — a loud, annoying, argumentative and talented being.
“I was quite excited to play someone who wasn’t necessarily brilliant at anything — she was just good at being her. But of course that’s why she’s asked to do what she does in the story.”
Pugh says performing alongside Michael Shannon (also currently starring in Waco on SBS) and Alexander Skarsgard were highlights for her. Little Drummer Girl
“If you ever want to be interrogated, get Michael Shannon to do it,” she says. “He’s an amazing man. I loved working with him.
“And working with Alex was a dream. He’s really fun and it was cool to have someone of that calibre who wanted to be just as silly and as goofy as me and be mates.”
She also said that director Park Chan-wook ( Old Boy) got the 1970s mise-en-scene just right.
“I think he hates cliches, and so when we stepped onto every single set, it was like nothing I’d ever seen. The colours were incredible — all burnt oranges or blues or lime greens — nothing was typical seventies. There was not one theme that went through it all.”
Episode two screens this week, with episode one available On Demand. BBC First. Wednesday, 8.30pm,
Florence Pugh (Charlie) said performing alongside Alexander Skarsgard (Becker) was a highlight of making