“The Leftovers” fans, did you miss any of our exclusive chats with the cast of the intense HBO drama series? We’ve listed them all below for your viewing pleasure, including our interviews with Justin Theroux, Carrie Coon, Liv Tyler, Amy Brenneman, Ann Dowd and our podcast with Christopher Eccleston.
Justin Theroux on benefit of never knowing what comes next: “It’s a very liberating thing to do to an actor is go, ‘Don’t worry about it.’ Just stay in the moment, stay present, and every new piece of information you get is new anyway, so don’t bother trying.”
Carrie Coon on challenging herself as an actor: “Being an actor is great, because as an actor, one of the things we’re asked to do is confront that question all the time, which is, ‘What am I capable of?’ And the answer has to be, ‘Anything,’ or else I don’t think you could do this job.”
Amy Brenneman on learning to be unlikable: “I don’t think of myself as the villain of this piece, but as a GR, people loathe me, they want me to go away, they hate me. So that was kind of funny because I don’t usually play villains, so that was really interesting, but also I feel like Damon and Laurie really freed me from the addiction to be likable.”
Liv Tyler on the beauty of the “Leftovers” world: “This whole world is such an amazing, beautiful thing because there’s so much sadness and so much grief, as well as so much vulnerability in all the characters. Everyone is searching for a way out of their grief. It’s quite beautiful … People are trying to learn how to live again.”
Ann Dowd on the high-wire act of playing a character without dialogue: “There is no bag of tricks. You better get your act together girl … It was a tremendous learning experience. Don’t walk onto that set if you don’t know what you want … It takes the nonsense right out of it, and it’s a little bit scary, because you feel naked as can be.”
Christopher Eccleston on why he things “The Leftovers” is actually uplifting: “The series has been criticized for the kind of depressing tone to it, but I have quite the opposite view on these characters … Everybody has lost so much, but they carry on and they try and live, so I do find that optimistic and heroic.”
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