Relative newcomer Ann Skelly started working alongside two heavy-hitters for her starring function in historic drama “Dying and Nightingales.”
“It was my first time being the lead of a sequence — and it was an especially intimidating set to come back work on,” Skelly, 24, advised The Submit.
“I used to be one of many few girls within the present, and when there’s film stars like Jamie Dornan and Matthew Rhys … with all their expertise that they’ve, it was overwhelming. Nevertheless it was such a relaxed expertise. And as I look again now, I used to be a 21- year-old [at the time of filming] appearing alongside such giants. I can’t consider I felt so snug, however I did.”
Based mostly on a 1992 novel by Eugene McCabe, “Dying and Nightingales” (premiering Sundays at 10 p.m. on Starz; airing at 9 p.m. on subsequent Sundays) is a UK import that initially aired on RTE One in Eire and BBC Two within the U.Okay. Set within the distant countryside of Fermanagh, Northern Eire, in 1885, the three-episode miniseries follows 23-year-old Beth Winters (Skelly) as she struggles to flee from her restricted life underneath the thumb of her troublesome and hard-drinking stepfather, Billy (Matthew Rhys).
She’s aided by the charming Liam Ward (Jamie Dornan), with whom she’s planning to flee and begin a brand new life. To thicken the plot, Billy is a Protestant whereas Liam is a Catholic throughout an period when tensions bubbled between the 2 sides.
Beth’s relationship with Billy begins off with a jolt, as she desires of poisoning him within the present’s opening. Because the sequence progresses, flashbacks reveal why their relationship is so contentious.
“Humorous sufficient, me and my household had began watching ‘The People’ all collectively simply earlier than the present, and I simply grew into such an enormous fan of Matthew’s by working with him as properly,” Skelly mentioned.
“It’s that type of factor of feeling near greatness, I used to be taking a look at him with loads of awe. The character is so not him,” she mentioned. “Matthew is cheeky and enjoyable between takes after which he’s this terrifying power to be reckoned with when the digicam’s rolling.”
Though Skelly is Irish, Beth Winters is from additional North — so she nonetheless needed to grasp an accent that was totally different from her personal.
“She’s such a robust Irish heroine, which I hadn’t seen earlier than. I bear in mind studying the script and simply pondering I couldn’t consider there was this large half for an Irish actress. I discovered it so totally different [from my natural accent]. I discovered it actually onerous to do. After I first auditioned for it, I used to be sitting there going, ’I don’t suppose I can do that, the accent is a type of accents I simply can’t do!’ However certainly one of my kinfolk is from the North of Eire, so my cousin was like, ‘Simply consider her accent; what does she sound like?’ and that was my manner in.”
Since “Dying and Nightingales” was Skelly’s first starring function (she’s additionally appeared in “Vikings” and “The Nevers,”) she additionally took some classes from her seasoned co-stars, she mentioned.
“That’s the a part of being a younger actor — everybody else is aware of greater than you, and also you get to select and select what you are taking from them. I don’t know what number of units Matthew has been on, however he knocks earlier than coming into the hair and make-up trailer. The crew simply couldn’t recover from how well mannered and respectful he was. I believe I’ll at all times carry that with me.”