It’s been a breathless few months for Elizabeth Debicki and it shows no sign of slowing down. The Australian converses from her apartment in Brooklyn, where she’s having a momentary break from learning lines for her next role. She’s just finished filming on one of her biggest roles to date—playing Diana, Princess of Wales, in the upcoming season of The Crown— and next week, she’s back on set with James Gunn, filming the third installment of Guardians of the Galaxy.
Sitting on the floor, leaning against her sofa, and grabbing a quick slice of pizza, Debicki says she’s happy to be busy and among people again after a “surreal” lockdown spent largely alone. “At a certain point in the pandemic, I was super isolated,” Debicki says. She speaks slowly, in low tones, considering every question pensively, replying thoughtfully and reflectively. “It was before I’d gone back home to see my family and [because] of a number of factors, I went through this passage of time on my own. It’s incredible how your sense of self dissolves and becomes quite swampy and murky when you’re not touched or witnessed by people.”
As a special issue of the magazine dedicated to hair, Elizabeth covers next years first issue and also has an interview and beautiful photoshoot featured inside. Below is a snippet:
…Elizabeth’s Debicki’s turn as Jed in the BBC One drama attracted six million viewers per episode. In the interview, Debicki discussed being directed by a woman [Susanne Bier]: ‘Would I have played the same character had a man been directing me? I don’t know. Susanne was able to understand and embrace the femininity of the female characters and not objectify them, and that’s why women responded to the show as well. Is a man capable of that? Yes, of course. I can’t walk around and say, “I would rather be directed by a woman,” because that’s not the case. For me, it’s about the person – and their sensitivity and intelligence – it’s not about gender. But, the amount of women who are directing TV and film is disproportionate, and it has to change.’
You can find the magazine scans and photoshoot images in the gallery.
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Elizabeth is currently starring alongside Mark Strong in the UK play ‘The Red Barn’ and images have been released. Reviews have also been released, and I’m so happy that Elizabeth is getting very positive reviews! Below I have included links to the images (hope to have UHQ versions in the coming days):
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The following are snippets of reviews posted online.
The Australian actor has won warm praise for her “enigmatic” performance in David Hare’s new play The Red Barn.
Elizabeth Debicki, the exciting young Australian actor who first came to prominence as Jordan Baker in Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 film The Great Gatsby, has won critical praise for her performance in David Hare’s new play The Red Barn at the Lyttelton Theatre, Royal National Theatre in London.
The acting is also brilliantly sophisticated. The cast give subtle, chilling performances which constantly have you guessing their motives, unsure of what they might do next. Mark Strong plays Donald Dodd, a Connecticut lawyer, whose old friend, Ray Sanders, died after the two men and their wives were caught in a snow storm on the way back from a New Year’s Eve party.
A fan was also lucky enough to meet Elizabeth at the afterparty:
Elizabeth recently did an interview with The Guardian newspaper, which also included a photoshoot. I have added the images to the gallery, and below is a snippet of the interview.
A number of competing bars have been built into the outer bulwark of the National Theatre in London, and when she emerges from rehearsals one night in September the Australian actor Elizabeth Debicki – animated, adamant, 6ft 3in – hesitates. Which bar? We circle the building together, scouting options, dismissing one place for being too quiet, another too busy. Debicki has heard a rumour about a secret actors’ drinking den hidden deep within the theatre complex. Finally, we wind up back at the quiet place, where she orders a glass of red wine. “I love that in England the choice is only ever ‘medium’ or ‘large’,” the 26-year-old says, taking a swig. Then again, she adds, who is she to talk. “In Australia, we fill swimming pools with this stuff.”
Chatting at the bar, I can understand why, whenever Debicki does a job (playing a warlord’s mistress in The Night Manager, opposite Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston, a party girl in Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 adaptation of The Great Gatsby, or an alien in the upcoming superhero sequel, Guardians Of The Galaxy) she is affectionately known as “Debicki” on set. “My first name never lasts longer than five minutes.” There is an unstuffy and clownish energy to this actor, who doesn’t like to let a sentence rest if there’s a quip to be added and who, when she talks, waves her hands about as if she’s drowning. She chews gum and fiddles constantly with her short, bleached hair, now tugging it upright, now flattening it sideways. Her exuberance might be amplified by the fact that she’s only just been let loose from a rehearsal room after nine hours’ work on a new play, but Debicki says she’s always had “an ingrained intensity, a little bit of madness”, and she puts this down to her ancestry: Polish on her father’s side, Irish on her mother’s. When I ask about the most tiring part of rehearsing, Debicki flattens her hair to one side and says, “It’s a David Hare play. The words.”
There’s not a lot more she can say about the production, she says, beyond the fact that it’s called The Red Barn, is set in 1960s New England and co-stars Mark Strong – a “psychological thriller with Hitchcockian elements”. I ask if she can give me a little preview of her New England accent. “No. Noooo. No way.” The hair gets dragged into clown-like puffs. “No.” Debicki has signed a number of non-disclosure agreements recently, she explains, mostly related to her work on Guardians Of The Galaxy, and this has made her paranoid about saying anything about anything. “You start to worry there are snipers on the tops of nearby buildings.”
Read the rest of the article here. It makes for a very interesting read, especially learning more about Elizabeth herself!
Elizabeth took part in a beautiful photoshoot and interview for The Wrap as promotion for the Emmy’s. In the interview she speaks about working on The Night Manager and who she considers herself close to in the cast.
“We spent four months playing lovers, you’re up in each other’s faces quite a bit,” actress tells TheWrap
Playing lovers opposite another person for months on end can bring actors closer together, according to “The Night Manager” actress Elizabeth Debicki.
“I’m closest to Tom [Hiddleston],” Debicki told TheWrap. “And that’s probably because we spent about four months playing lovers. You’re up in each other’s faces quite a bit.”
I have added shots from the photoshoot to the gallery, hopefully to be updated with HQ, as well as screencaps from the interview.
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She’s the statuesque beauty who has already made her mark in Hollywood.
And actress Elizabeth Debicki looked every bit the movie star when she stepped out looking fresh-faced and radiant on Tuesday.
The Great Gatsby star hit the red carpet in an elegant black gown at the Hollywood premiere of Disney’s ‘The BFG.’ The Grecian-style dress featured a plunging neckline and cinched waist that showcased her svelte physique.
Her short strawberry blonde mane was neatly parted on the side and styled in beach waves.
The 25-year-old The Night Manager actress looked fresh-faced while wearing minimal make-up that highlighted her rosy complexion. She oozed confidence while posing for photographers at the star-studded event despite recently admitting that she is intimidated by red carpets.
‘I’m terrified of them,’ the 6 ft 2 star told The Daily Mail. ‘Red carpets are awful. They’re like a kind of purgatory – you stand there and there are cameras flashing everywhere.
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