Howards End star Hayley Atwell reveals her on-set pranks

Anyone who follows Hayley Atwell on instagram knows she has a lively sense of humor. As it turns out, the actress brings those impish qualities with her to set — even when she’s shooting a sophisticated period piece like Howards End. Atwell stars as the independent and liberal-minded Margaret Schlagel in Starz’s adaptation of the E.M. Forster novel, alongside Succession’s Matthew Macfadyen (as Margaret’s love interest Henry Wilcox) and The End of the F***ing World‘s Alex Lawther (as her droll brother, Tibby). Though the drama tackles serious issues like social inequality and women’s rights, Atwell told EW’s Chasing Emmy podcast that it was important to her to keep the mood light on set.

“You never want to feel like you’re taking yourself too seriously,” she explained. “The work you take seriously, and what’s required of you, but I always find that creative sets… are the ones where there’s a lot of play happening. And if I can find ways to make people giggle or do little pranks it relieves any sort of tension and it bursts the bubble of people living in their own heads.”

Some of those “little pranks” involved “silly backstories” made up by Atwell and her castmates about why Lawther’s character, Tibby Schlegel, is so eccentric. “We had a running joke that Tibby’s troubles have all stemmed from the fact that Aunt Juley [played by Tracey Ullman] is still breastfeeding him,” she said, laughing. “And we were talking about Tibby always having imaginary friends, so I went on to Etsy and I got this really weird looking puppet and I just left it in his trailer one day.”

Source : Entertainment weekend du 18/06/18 par KRISTEN BALDWIN

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A propos de Hayley Atwell, actrice britannique
Hayley Atwell, née le 5 avril 1982 à Londres, Angleterre, est une actrice britannique. Après plusieurs téléfilms, elle obtient son premier rôle au cinéma dans Le Rêve de Cassandre de Woody Allen aux côtés d’Ewan McGregor et Colin Farrell. En 2008, elle apparait dans The Duchess avec Keira Knightley. En (...)
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