With a forged like Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant and Donald Sutherland, it takes a particular kind of somebody to face out within the crowd. However that’s precisely what Noma Dumezweni has carried out in “The Undoing,” David E. Kelly’s adaptation of the Jean Hanff Korelitz novel “You Ought to Have Recognized.”
Recognized largely for work within the U.Okay. (she arrived in England when she was 17 as a refugee from Africa along with her mom and sister) and as a Tony nominee for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Little one,” Dumezweni co-stars within the HBO restricted collection as Haley Fitzgerald, a powerhouse legal professional employed by a rich New York psychotherapist (Kidman) to symbolize her husband (Grant), a pediatric most cancers physician who has been charged with the brutal killing of his mistress.
“The script got here by and my supervisor, Larry Taube, stated, ‘You’ve received to learn this,’” Dumezweni tells Selection throughout a cellphone interview from Los Angeles, the place she’s taking pictures HBO Max’s upcoming darkish comedy “Made for Love” with Ray Romano, Cristin Milioti, Billy Magnussen and Dan Bakkedahl. “And I learn the primary episode and the Haley character wasn’t in there. However what David E. Kelly was saying in that first episode, I wanted to seek out out what else occurs. What is that this? What is that this world? I used to be actually curious. And I didn’t even know at that time that Hugh and Nicole had been hooked up to it. I simply knew it was a David E. Kelly mission. After which I received the edges to learn for Haley. I simply cherished her vitality. Then I get the half and then I see that Hugh and Nicole are hooked up and I’m like, ‘Oh my fucking God.’”
Inform me about entering into character. Haley is clearly a drive.
First and foremost, the script. After which the subsequent most necessary factor is the director. I had a number of worry once I was doing the job as a result of coming from three years of theater and going into TV, it’s a totally different manner of working. It’s a distinct manner of telling tales. I bear in mind [director Susanne Bier] saying, “No, we’ve received to get three years of theater out of you.” And in my head I used to be like, “Properly, you noticed my audition. You should’ve preferred one thing from it.” I spotted that seeing an audition on tape offers you solely an inkling of what an individual can do. So I got here in very large, and I now perceive that I wanted to be smaller. Haley’s energy is quiet and that regulation agency is a quiet agency. What Susanna taught me is the ability of stillness, the ability of quietness, the ability of directness. I’ve to confess although, I used to be watching it with my daughter, who’s 13, and I used to be like, “Fuck, I look actually good. No, not me. Haley seemed actually, actually good.” However my daughter stated, “Ah mother, you look nice.”
When Haley goes residence at evening, what do you assume she does?
She takes off these sneakers and goes straight to her wine closet. Haley has received to have an excellent wine closet. And I believe it’s a crimson in a phenomenal glass. All the pieces’s going to be on level with Haley.
What was your first scene like with Nicole Kidman?
There’s part of me going, “Properly, simply do your job.” I don’t have to be of their face. I’ll simply be there as a result of there have been occasions some individuals haven’t lived as much as one’s hopes of who they’re. However, oh my fucking God. Beautiful, sweetheart, work fucking ethic. Hugh and Nicole taught me — and they do it in numerous methods — that it’s the preparation. And that’s what Susanne advised me. You’ve received to be ready.
How has it been taking pictures “Made for Love” throughout COVID? Did you must quarantine if you received to L.A.?
They gave it two weeks for individuals’s arrivals. They’ve carried out it rather well, all these totally different zones for various actors and crew. It’s been arduous. It’s been bizarre. It’s additionally so quiet in L.A. It’s unhappy. In New York, it’s quiet, however you already know individuals’s dwelling is happening as a result of you possibly can stroll all over the place round New York. However when the [presidential election was called], I drove round L.A. as a result of I wanted to apply my driving. Somebody advised me about this beautiful highway as much as the Hollywood signal, so I took my daughter and we drove up and up. And I’ve to say, it was beautiful listening to the beep-beeps and the hoot-hoots of individuals strolling by.
The sixth and remaining episode of “The Undoing” airs on HBO on Sunday, Nov. 29.