The Ash Taba Show
The Ash Taba Show
Dec 16, 2021
The Only Value We Have Is In Our Authenticity | Lucy Russell
Play • 1 hr 23 min

On this episode I chat with actress Lucy Russell who's latest show "Atlantic Crossing" has recently won an International Emmy for Best Mini Series.  She started her acting career in her late twenties, having tried every other respectable job she could think of first and with a degree in Italian and Business from UCL in London. Her first feature was also Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas's first film, Following.

She then studied for at The Poor School, finishing in 1999 (Baz Luhrmann's 'Sunscreen' on constant replay - go on, it's worth a listen). She was cast as the 'Lady' in Academy Award Nominee Eric Rohmer's The Lady and the Duke, beginning a love affair with gorgeous period costume.

She has worked since then across genres with directors ranging from Terry Gilliam to Francois Ozon, from Paul Feig to Marc Forster and is featured in Academy Award Nominee and Golden Palm Nominee 'Toni Erdmann' (2016).

We talk about:

  • The experience of being on Atlantic Crossing winning an International Emmy.
  • The differences between working on screen versus working on stage.
  • Re-framing the meaning of "doing too much" in a performance.
  • Why it is essential to be interested in yourself and in humanity and your own instrument as an actor.
  • Why actors are not 100% responsible for all the storytelling.
  • Her journey from trying every other conceivable "proper" job before pursuing acting fully.
  • The importance of being in a regular acting class.
  • How she navigated the decision to have kids and a family and a thriving acting career.
  • Why having an artistic tribe is essential.

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