That’s what’s crazy about movies. So many things that are pointed out in the film, or that may be the quest of the character, seemed to be happening in my own life at the same time. It was this kind of beautiful chaos you get when you go along with things and embrace life as it happens, not as you plan it. – Vicky Krieps, episode 251 of Talk Easy with Sam Fragoso
This week we present a double feature with actors Vicky Krieps (“Phantom Thread”) and Melanie Lynskey (“Yellowjackets”)! To begin, Krieps shares the story behind making Bergman Island (6:00), what it meant to work with director Mia Hansen-Løve (7:30), how she separates herself from her characters (10:30), the epiphany in Mozambique that changed her course (12:59), and a reunion with director Paul Thomas Anderson (17:10). To close, she plays an original song inspired by her character in Old (28:10).
On the back half, Melanie Lynskey rejoins us since her first appearance in 2016! We discuss how motherhood enters her work on-screen (33:00), her role in the new Showtime series, Yellowjackets (34:50), embracing unapologetic characters (38:28), memories of her first role alongside Kate Winslet in the 1994 film Heavenly Creatures (41:00), the trajectory of her career while growing up in New Zealand (43:20), her support of the IATSE movement (44:00), and the evolving conversation around working conditions in film and television (47:55). Before we go, Lynskey reflects on our first talk on the show and how she hopes to remember this moment, as an artist and parent, in the years to come (57:57).
- Watch Bergman Island on Amazon and Apple TV+
- Watch Vicky’s performances in Old and Phantom Thread.
- Follow Vicky on Instagram.
- To learn more about Vicky visit her website
- Hear our past conversations with actors Juliette Lewis, Nick Offerman, Tituss Burgess, Laura Dern, Matthew McConaughey, Holland Taylor, Steven Soderbergh and Noomi Rapace.
- Illustrations by: Krishna Shenoi.