André Holland on ‘The Eddy,’ Amandla Stenberg and Taking Piano Lessons – Variety


André Holland might have all the time beloved jazz, however he admits he didn’t actually know a lot concerning the music style till he was solid within the new Netflix drama sequence “The Eddy.”

“I needed to learn a bunch of books about it,” Holland says on Thursday’s episode of the Variety and iHeart podcast “The Huge Ticket.” “I watched a number of movies, and spoke to a number of musicians and students and thinkers in that house, which actually helped me to form of perceive the historical past of it. After which on a technical facet, I needed to play the piano.”

He had two piano academics, one in New York and one other in Paris, the place the sequence was shot. “Any second that I wasn’t on set taking pictures, I used to be just about glued to that piano,” Holland mentioned. “It’s one thing that I’ve come to like and I need to preserve persevering with to discover as my life strikes ahead.”

Created by Jack Thorne with the primary two episodes directed by Damien Chazelle, the sequence stars Holland as Elliot, an American pianist who owns a jazz membership in Paris known as The Eddy and manages the home band, additionally known as The Eddy. As Elliot’s enterprise teeters on the brink of collapse, he finds himself entangled with against the law syndicate whereas additionally dealing with his previous, when his teenage daughter (Amandla Stenberg) involves stay with him from the States.

“The factor that attracted me to it was the truth that he’s gone by way of this actually traumatic occasion and is, for my part, very deep, deep, deep within the grieving course of,” Holland mentioned. “It was attention-grabbing to me to attempt to examine a personality who was going by way of that.”

He was additionally very involved in exploring Elliot’s dynamic together with his daughter. “I couldn’t bear in mind a time, I nonetheless can’t bear in mind a time, once I’ve seen on display a relationship between a black man and his black daughter, type of entrance and heart,” he mentioned.

He added, “Her mom is a white lady within the present. We have been involved in exploring this concept of her coming into her personal identification or making an attempt to determine who she is at this second in her life. And her father and his personal connection to this music, which is deeply rooted in who he’s and his personal tradition as a black man. It’s one thing that we got here to imagine that her character was craving.”

Polish actress Joanna Kulig (“Chilly Battle”) performs Maja, The Eddy’s lead singer and Elliot’s ex-girlfriend. “She’s such an ideal human being and I’m so glad that we acquired to do that collectively,” Holland gushed. “She’s so, so humorous, so charming. And she or he had an unlimited job. She needed to study, I feel, one thing like 16 songs in not a number of time. Some have been in English, some have been in French — neither of that are her native language clearly. However she actually rose to the event and did her factor.”

He’s hoping for a second season of “The Eddy” and a return to Paris with the band. “They’re unimaginable musicians. They didn’t actually know one another earlier than, so that they had I feel perhaps a month or six weeks or so to get collectively and actually turn into a band,” Holland mentioned. “And I acquired to observe a few of that occur. The way in which they convey with one another and the way in which that they belief one another, the way in which they hear to one another is wonderful.”

“And we’d have these moments after set, after taking pictures days, it’d be like midnight, and hastily somebody would stand up there and choose up a horn and any individual would begin taking part in somewhat one thing,” he continued. “After which right here comes [Lada Obradovic] on the drums. It simply would type of flip into these jam classes that might contain everyone. We had a extremely good time and a number of late evening dance events with that band.”

“The Eddy” premieres on Netflix on Might 8.

You possibly can hear the complete interview with Holland under. You too can take heed to “The Huge Ticket” on iHeartRadio or wherever you discover your favourite podcasts.


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