Netflix stars answer Queue’s questions about creativity and craft.
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The actor who plays Daphne in Shondaland’s Bridgerton takes her turn answering Queue’s Q’s.
Queue: What inspired you to pursue a career in acting?
Phoebe Dynevor: I would visit my mom on set a lot when I was younger, and I think the first thing I noticed was that family dynamic — all these people that are so brilliant at what they do, all coming together and creating something. That was so exciting to me. And then I played Antigone in a school play when I was 16. That feeling of being onstage and that rush and the thrill of finding out about who a person is . . . There are so many aspects of acting that you fall in love with, and then before you know it you’re in and you can’t get out.
How did you prepare to tackle this role?
PD: I wanted to get a sense of who Daphne was underneath this façade. I think if Daphne was born today she’d be a very different person, but the fact that she was born in the context of Regency England and being a woman, she has to conform to those social expectations. There is that mask that she’s putting on. There’s a lot of anxiety that comes with having that much pressure put on you as a woman, or as a person. I wanted to be able to display that angst that’s bubbling beneath the surface.
If you could play anyone but Daphne in the show, who would it be and why?
PD: I would love to play Eloise, because she is the anti-Daphne. She’s so free and loose, and doesn’t care and is sort of loud. If I could play any character, I’d quite like to play Anthony. There’s so much going on internally there that would be fun to unravel.
What was the last thing you watched on Netflix?
PD: I watched Hillbilly Elegy the other day, with Glenn Close and Amy Adams. Oh my God, I was absolutely blown away. I loved, loved that film. It was so beautifully directed and performed. Incredible.
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