Actress Daisy Edgar-Jones has told The Pat Kenny Show that she hopes to play “unexpected characters” in a discussion about her career hopes and dreams.
The 24-year-old Londoner shot to fame playing Marianne in the acclaimed TV adaption of Sally Ronney’s bestseller Normal People and has since been cast as Kya in Where the Crawdads Sing.
Whereas Normal People tells the tale of two college students from the West of Ireland who fall in love, Where the Crawdads Sing has a much darker storyline and Daisy’s character is put on trial for murder.
“I’m really excited to take on characters I haven’t played before and the hope really is to try and change and challenge myself and take on unexpected characters,” she explained to Newstalk.
“And I’ve realised the more I do TV and film that it’s really a filmmaker’s medium and being involved in a filmmaker’s version of a story and I just really want to work with filmmakers I admire.”
Where the Crawdads Sing is set in the American South - a world away from Dublin or North London where she grew up - and filming took place just outside New Orleans:
“When you read the book, it’s an incredibly immersive read and watching the film on a big screen - you feel like you’re there.
“And it’s so beautiful and as an actor, it’s so great not having to imagine it all on a greenscreen. We could actually be there and feel the heat.”
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The film has posted a respectable $17 million in sales in the US market already and Daisy says she is thrilled with the reaction of moviegoers thus far:
“It’s quite incredible to see how many people are coming to see it in cinemas. This isn’t a huge action film, it’s not a superhero film, it’s a quiet story about a young girl and her struggle to survive in a very hostile environment.
“And in particular an older female audience who have been maybe fearful to come back to the cinema are enjoying it and getting lost in that world, it’s really exciting because I don’t want cinema to die out!”
Where the Crawdads Sing is out in Irish cinemas now.
Main image: Daisy Edgar-Jones