Daisy Edgar-Jones felt 'bloody terrified' landing Normal People role
Daisy Edgar-Jones says she it was ‘bloody terrifying’ when she landed her sex-filled part in TV hit Normal People – and it left her with ‘imposter syndrome’.
The 22-year-old Londoner became an overnight star as her shy odd-ball character Marianna melted hearts as she found her sexual awakening across from co-star Paul Mescal in the TV hit.
Now Daisy recalls landing the daring job saying, ‘It was bloody terrifying. When I got the part, I was very excited.
‘Then I had the fear settle in, the imposter syndrome of thinking, have they actually got it wrong?
‘I learnt a lot during filming about being more confident in my voice and not feeling like I have to quieten it.’
She said her off screen bond with Mescal, 24, took away any sexual awkwardness as soon as the cameras stopped rolling.
Showing off her new confidence in Harper’s Bazaar she said: ‘It was about creating a real friendship with Paul so we could trust each other.
‘I’m lucky he and I understand each other and have a very similar sense of humour.
‘Neither Paul nor I are ever sexualised in those moments. It’s just a story of young love.’
Daisy now wants to be the one calling the shots behind the camera too.
‘Ultimately, I’d love to direct. I’m really fascinated by film-making and cinematography. As much as I love a performance, I also appreciate how a choice of lens or music can elevate it to a different level,’ she said.
Read the full interview in the September issue of Harper’s Bazaar is on sale Thursday.
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