Kaya Scodelario is one of the most underrated British actresses out there, and although her claim to fame is ‘Skins’, she’s done some fantastic work in smaller movies such as Moon and Wuthering Heights.
Kaya is currently promoting ‘Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes’ at the Sundance Film festival, and she has a new interview with Backstage about whether she’s a ‘method’ actress and whether she has any terrible audition stories.
When discussing method acting and whether she ‘Daniel Day-Lewis’d’ her way through filming ‘Emanuel’, she says, “No, not at all! I really respect people who do that, but you’re in an environment where you’re on a set for two months working with the same people, everyone’s working their asses off… I love making an effort to get to know them and to talk to them. And if you’re holding on to an accent or a character, you can’t do that. For me, it’s a lot more uncomfortable. And otherwise, it would have been a really horrible two months!”
She also gives her terrible audition stories, saying, “I’m not the best auditioner. I live in England, I get sent American stuff and I have to put it on tape. And you sit in this little room on a hard chair and you’re expected to deliver like you’re on the set. And I get extremely nervous and almost bored. I want to talk to the director and see if I’m on the same wavelength with them! I have a few friends who’ve gone out for pilot season, and they’ve told me horror stories. I haven’t done that, luckily. I think I’d just kick off. I’m a Londoner, so I’m a bit feisty. I think if someone was really rude to me in an audition, even someone quite important, I think I’d be, “What are you doing? Don’t talk to me like that!” Well, despite her ‘terrible’ auditioning skills, Kaya’s slowly managing to climb the Hollywood ladder and will next be seen in ‘Invisible’ and ‘Stay With Me’.