This must be the first time you have played a woman described as a withered purple skeleton. How did that make you feel?
I was at once intrigued and offended! In the books, she’s a 65-year-old welterweight Eastern European cheroot-smoking harridan!
Did you take inspiration from any on-screen witch?
No one in particular. It was inventing something because the character has obviously got the same essential backstory and skill-set as the character in the books. But all of those cultural references sit somewhere in your brain. You don’t obviously draw on them, but…
What was it like being on an Eli Roth set?
It was the most egalitarian, easy, creative, inclusive, fun set I’ve ever been on. Everyone was welcome.
After this and Ocean’s 8, it seems like you’ve been having fun with your characters recently. Is that deliberate?
I’ve had a lot of fun. But then I found A Streetcar Named Desire funny! When you’re playing Blanche DuBois… if you don’t find the levity and the ridiculousness and the absurdity in those moments, then the whole thing sinks like a lead balloon. JM