Harriet Slater, finest identified for her function as Sandra Onslow on TV’s Pennyworth, offers us the inside track on her new movie, Emily and the Magical Journey – a By no means-Ending Story-esque fantasy movie that is now out there on DVD and Digital from Uncork’d Leisure.
Harriet, how’s your 12 months been?
Harriet Slater: It has been up and down in some ways, as I think about it has been for most individuals! I’ve spent the vast majority of it at my dwelling in North London, making my approach by way of a protracted record of movies and collection and baking obscene quantities of banana bread. I am unsure why, however that grew to become an enormous development over right here throughout lockdown.
Has your work been affected in any respect from the pandemic?
Harriet Slater: It has been a extremely tough 12 months for lots of industries and the humanities are undoubtedly no exception. We have been a couple of month into capturing Season 2 of Pennyworth when every part bought shut down, which was powerful. However the producers have been great and stayed in contact over lockdown, and fortunately we have been in a position to decide it again up once more on the finish of August.
Are you continue to capturing Pennyworth?
Harriet Slater: We’re a few weeks away from wrap. We have simply gone right into a second UK lockdown, however this time we’re in a position to proceed capturing due to the laws the studio now has in place. It has been a really totally different expertise capturing in a post-Covid world. It is normally so sociable and I nonetheless cannot get used to the shortage of hugging! However I really feel safer on set than I do anyplace else in the intervening time. I can not await Season 2 to be launched.
What a beautiful character Sandra is. What are the funnest facets of taking part in her?
Harriet Slater: Wow that is a tough query, I’ve a lot enjoyable taking part in her. Pennyworth is my first TV job and to be sincere I nonetheless discover simply being on the studio stupidly thrilling. However that is cringe so I am going to maintain that to myself.
I am a giant fan of the 60s fashions, so I really like the costumes and the hair and make-up. Sandra’s model has modified quite a bit in Season 2, in order that’s been enjoyable to play with. I need her complete wardrobe.
I’ve additionally actually loved the singing side of this season, which is one thing I’ve executed for enjoyable since I used to be a child however by no means professionally. That is been an amazing expertise in itself. I’ve develop into fully hooked on 60s playlists. My most-streamed artist final 12 months was Cilla Black, which wasn’t stunning as a result of she’s normally taking part in in my trailer earlier than I’m going to set.
Have been you conversant in Batman’s wealthy comedian historical past whenever you signed on for the venture?
Harriet Slater: I had a number of appreciation for its success, however I’ve by no means been a comic book e-book reader, in order that world was new to me. I believed I understood the recognition of the franchise, however since getting the job and changing into extra conversant in it, I’ve realised how a lot it means to individuals. I’ve found fairly a number of followers in my very own circle of mates too. The fandom is aware of no bounds.
Movie-wise, you shot Emily and the Magical Journey simply earlier than getting the job on Pennyworth I imagine?
Harriet Slater: That is proper, we shot “Emily and the Magical Journey” within the Summer season of 2018. I auditioned for Pennyworth in November that 12 months and bought the job in December, which was a pleasant Christmas current!
And the way did you become involved within the movie?
Harriet Slater: It was the pretty typical technique of being requested to ship in a tape after which being known as again for in-person auditions. At each my recollects I learn and improvised with actresses who have been being seen for the function of Emily, which was actually fulfilling as a result of we have been in a position to discover the characters and focus on the scenes with the artistic group, who flew over from Sweden for the ultimate spherical.
It’s extremely paying homage to an ’80s basic, The NeverEnding Story.
Harriet Slater: Sure! I’ve vivid recollections of watching that movie as a child and being swept away by the magic of that world. “Emily and the Magical Journey” is analogous in its sense of journey and its design, which can hopefully actually seize youngsters’ imaginations. It is a wonderful movie with great messages about dealing with your fears and reconnecting together with your internal little one. I feel it is come on the excellent time as a result of we might most likely all do with a little bit of escapism proper now and a reminder to remain hopeful and playful.
I think about the lavish units would’ve been dreamy to be on?
Harriet Slater: My function within the movie is Emily’s nanny, Kayla, and my scenes happen within the “real world” – so sadly I did not get to spend any time on these units. I do know that Marcus, the author / director / producer – the person is a machine! – did not wish to restrict his creativeness when he was writing the story by worrying concerning the practicalities of capturing. The units and costumes and puppets are implausible and do a beautiful job of bringing the world that he imagined to life.
And have been you working with a number of puppets and hand-made characters?
Is it laborious to droop disbelief as an actress or have been you in a position to immerse your self on this character, and her world, pretty simply?
Harriet Slater: Having the ability to discover the character and her relationship with Emily all through the audition course of actually helped with feeling like I knew her by the point we got here to shoot. Tipper and Jenny are good actresses who have been nice to work with and it was a extremely supportive and relaxed environment on set, which made the method loads simpler.
What’s developing for you?
Harriet Slater: Effectively, Pennyworth is being launched on Epix subsequent month, which is thrilling, however aside from that it is laborious to say as a result of the world is so unpredictable proper now! I’ve a few initiatives doubtlessly within the pipeline however nothing is about in stone. Within the quick future I will be baking my approach by way of lockdown 2.0. I’ve made sufficient banana bread this 12 months to final a lifetime.