Despite whatever problems Dan might have, he is a guy who is always searching for the truth. Did you have any conversations with Silka about how a character like Dan would ever believe the wild series of events that actually plays out here and coming to grips with that over the course of this season?
It’s beautiful, because how can you believe those things? It’s exactly why I think the personal part of it becomes more important at some point, because he sees that there is something there in that woman that feels right in what she’s saying. Although everything that she’s saying seems crazy, at the same time, there is something there that he recognizes in himself that connects him with what she’s saying. That’s beautiful, because in a way it’s anti-journalism. How can you believe that thing? How can you verify those things? It’s impossible. But he keeps trusting her, and I think that’s beautiful.
I’m also a huge fan of Alex Garland’s work. And I think that you’re supposed to be working with him on a project called “Civil War.” What can you tell me about that?
We are working [on it] right now. We’ve been shooting for a month already, and it’s been great. I can’t tell you a lot about the film yet, but I’m a fan of Garland and I’m excited to be working with Kirsten Dunst, the great Stephen Henderson, who is an actor that I have a lot of admiration for. And this young, amazing actress called Cailee Spaeny. So it’s the four of us in a car, trying to figure this Civil War out.
Thinking back on your experience making “Shining Girls,” what was the most surprising thing that happened on the set? You talked about there being room for finding things on the day. Was there anything that particularly surprised you while making the show?
Each scene was a surprise. When you approach the scenes, especially in my scenes with Lizzie, I love when you can read the scene in different ways. And it’s beautiful when you figure that out while you’re doing it. It’s very exciting. It’s the biggest excitement, I think, of this job, to play with your partner and when she gives you something, and you go, “Oh!” So we go into a different direction. Nothing is previously agreed. That’s the best, because it generates an electricity in a set and in a scene. That’s what you want.
The first three episodes of “Shining Girls” are streaming now on Apple TV+.