The ac­tress re­veals five se­crets from the set of the crime drama se­ries

Daily Mail Weekend Magazine - - NEWS - Su­san Saran­don RAY DONO­VAN Wed­nes­day, 9pm, Sky At­lantic

1 I play Sa­man­tha Winslow, a pow­er­ful Hol­ly­wood pro­ducer who hires Tin­sel­town’s Mr Fixit, Ray Dono­van, to try to sort out crises in her life. I’m al­ways asked who she’s based on – she’s an amal­gam, a mix­ture of all those ex­ec­u­tives from the past who ruled stu­dios with iron fists.


Sa­man­tha likes a drink, but if I’d drunk as much as her while do­ing my scenes I’d have been in a state of col­lapse! In­stead of wine, spir­its or beer, I was drink­ing grape juice, coloured wa­ter and al­co­hol-free beer.


Bette Davis, who I played in the se­ries Feud, in­sisted on walk­ing up and down stair­cases in as many scenes as pos­si­ble for dra­matic ef­fect. So when you see me on stair­cases while talk­ing to Ray, you’ll know why.


There’s a ru­mour that Liev Schreiber, who plays Ray, has a word limit – a small one – on each of his scenes! He’s the strong, silent type, it’s mainly me who does the talk­ing. So

you could look at a page of di­a­logue and it would be five lines of Sa­man­tha and then a word from him.


I spent quite a while in the make-up chair each morn­ing, as my char­ac­ter was so high main­te­nance. At one point Liev even in­sisted we re-shot a scene be­cause the light­ing on it hadn’t been as flat­ter­ing to Sa­man­tha as it should have been. I wish I could have taken some of her ex­pen­sive clothes and jew­ellery home!

Su­san as Sa­man­tha with Liev as RayDON’T MISS THIS!

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