BBC UK: Interview with Holliday Grainger, who plays Robin Ellacott

Can you tell us what The Cuckoo’s Calling is all about?
It starts with the death of a supermodel, Lula Landry, whose brother approaches Cormoran Strike because he doesn’t quite believe she committed suicide. The Cuckoo’s Calling is about Cormoran Strike’s investigation.

Where does your character Robin fit into that?
Robin joins Cormoran Strike at the very beginning of The Cuckoo’s Calling as a temporary secretary. But she’s very practical and quite savvy and intelligent. We find out later that detective work is something she’s always been interested in, and she proves her worth as more than just a temporary secretary during the course of the series.

Did you read the books before you started work on the show?
Yes I did – I think it’s important to and J.K. Rowling writes so fantastically. I had a very clear idea of who Cormoran Strike was and also who Robin was, every woman I’ve spoken to who has read the books loves Robin and can see themselves in her. Once you’ve read them, that is your research and your preparation done. After reading the series, I feel like I would know exactly what Robin would do in a situation, or my interpretation of her anyway.

What do you think Robin’s characteristics are that so many can relate to?
Robin is practical and passionate and very grounded. But she’s also compassionate, empathetic and loyal. She feels like a very centered and grounded, strong woman, even though she doesn’t have a lot of life experience. She’s grown up in a small town and left university early. In a sense, because of what she’s been through during university, she feels emotionally wiser than her years and I think that feeds into why she’s good at her job; she’s interested in psychology and she has a natural aptitude for that because she’s naturally very compassionate.

Did you think that Charlotte was a foil for Robin, that you put them against each other and they’re poles apart?
There’s clearly something that attracts Cormoran to Robin immediately, which we know from the hints of that through the book and certainly in the show. We don’t know very much about Charlotte, apart from the tiny bits we glean through Strike’s thoughts in the book and flashbacks in the series. It feels like Robin is the antithesis of her in some respects in that Robin is very honest, very loyal. Charlotte isn’t. There’s something quite dark and complex and untrustworthy about Charlotte that you don’t quite understand her. I think that Robin is a lot more of an open book.
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By admin, on August 18th, 2017, under Cormoran Strike, Interview, News // No Comments


Strike – The Cuckoo’s Calling: Interview with Holliday Grainger, who plays Robin Ellacott

Can you tell us what The Cuckoo’s Calling is all about?
It starts with the death of a supermodel, Lula Landry, whose brother approaches Cormoran Strike because he doesn’t quite believe she committed suicide. The Cuckoo’s Calling is about Cormoran Strike’s investigation.

Where does your character Robin fit into that?
Robin joins Cormoran Strike at the very beginning of The Cuckoo’s Calling as a temporary secretary. But she’s very practical and quite savvy and intelligent. We find out later that detective work is something she’s always been interested in, and she proves her worth as more than just a temporary secretary during the course of the series.

Did you read the books before you started work on the show?
Yes I did – I think it’s important to and J.K. Rowling writes so fantastically. I had a very clear idea of who Cormoran Strike was and also who Robin was, every woman I’ve spoken to who has read the books loves Robin and can see themselves in her. Once you’ve read them, that is your research and your preparation done. After reading the series, I feel like I would know exactly what Robin would do in a situation, or my interpretation of her anyway.
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By admin, on August 15th, 2017, under Cormoran Strike, Interview // No Comments



AUG 04: The Chris Evans Breakfast Show

Yesterday morning Holly was at BBC Radio 2 The Chris Evans Breakfast Show to talk a little bit about ‘The Strikes’.  Listen to her interview here and  the full post cast here (starts on 2:20:00m).  Also see a video of Holly jamming to The Waterboys!

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Candids > AUG 04, 2017: Leaving BBC Radio Studio

 

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On the Romantic Drama ‘My Cousin Rachel’ & Working with J.K. Rowling

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The dark romantic drama My Cousin Rachel, written and directed by Roger Michell and adapted from the 1951 novel by Daphne du Maurier, tells the story of a young Englishman named Philip (Sam Claflin) who wants to meet his mysterious and beautiful cousin Rachel (Rachel Weisz) because he believes that she murdered his guardian. Even though he has plotted revenge against her, his feelings quickly become complicated as he finds himself not only falling in love with her, but becoming truly obsessed.

During this 1-on-1 phone interview with Collider, actress Holliday Grainger talked about loving the open-ended nature of this story, why the character interested her, the vibe on set, and that the quality of a script is important to her, when looking for her next project. She also talked about what drew her to the Strike TV series, from the J.K. Rowling novels about Cormoran Strike, and her episode of the Amazon series, Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams.

Collider:  Why did you want to play this character, and what did you most enjoy about exploring who she was?

HOLLIDAY GRAINGER:  Mainly, I loved the story and that it was so open-ended. I also wanted to work with Roger Michell because I really admire his work. I’ve had some friends who said he was a joy to work with, and he is. He really creates a world that he fully believes in, therefore, as an actor, you can enter into that world knowing that nothing is left un-thought of and it gives you the confidence to play. And I think Louise interested me because she had this friendship with Philip, from such a young age. They’re childhood friends, but Louise has grown up faster than him and she wants a deeper relationship, and he’s maybe not able to give her that yet. And then, Rachel comes along and Philip’s world is turned upside down, and therefore, Louise’s is, too. I loved her because she has this patience and self-restrained that doesn’t allow her to show her jealous. She’s allowing herself to be there for Philip, even though you want her to tell him that he’s being an idiot. I really respect that, in her. That was interesting to play.

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Holliday Grainger Talks To Me About ‘My Cousin Rachel’ And ‘Electric Dreams’ New

Those of us here in the states may have recognized the beautiful English actress, #HollidayGrainger from her roles in such films as Disney’s live action “Cinderella” and Disney’s other film, “The Finest Hours.” I actually was already a fan of hers since “The Borgias” series. And now, this weekend she appears in the new film, “My Cousin Rachel” based on Daphne Du Maurier’s novel, adapted and directed by Roger Michell.

Sam Claflin plays a young Englishman who plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, (Rachel Weisz) because he believes that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms.
Holliday Grainger plays Louise Kendall who quietly has feelings for Claflin’s character. “My Cousin Rachel” opens in select theaters on June 9.

Grainger talks to me about the film’s themes, how she approached her character but… we also got to talk about a certain project that she’s involved with; a project that I’m very much looking forward to. It’s Amazon’s brand new anthology sci-fi series, “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams” which totally excites the Twilight Zone fan in me. Find out what her specific episode is about in this entire interview below!
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By admin, on June 10th, 2017, under Electric Dreams, Interview, My Cousin Rachel, News // No Comments