Elsie Fisher Interview: ‘Eighth Grade’
“It was incredible; the Globes are such a cool event,” actress Elsie Fisher declares to Gold Derby in an exclusive interview (watch the video above) a few days after attending the 76th Golden Globe Awards, where she was nominated for her performance in “Eighth Grade.” “I was very happy about some of the wins, like Olivia Colman winning was like, yes! We got it,” Fisher says, referencing the performance in “The Favourite” that trumped hers in the Best Film Comedy/Musical Actress category.
“I tweeted about how I was happy that Rami Malek and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ won the Globes and I got a little backlash,” Fisher recounts about what she says has become “a pretty summed-up situation.” Some on Twitter conflated Fisher’s fandom of the film with support for the alleged sexual abuse by the film’s original director. Fisher explains, “Honestly, people are making a bigger deal out of it than it needs to be. I saw articles being written on it, which was so dumb to me — hey, Flint still doesn’t have water, so let’s write about that.”
The Globes do not play clips of the nominated performances before announcing the winners as other awards shows do, but Fisher says that if they had, she would have liked hers to be one of the vlogs recorded by her 13-year-old character Kayla Day. She explains, “That’s definitely the most layered performance at least, because that’s me pretending to be Kayla and Kayla pretending to be ‘her YouTube persona,’ so those were definitely hard to do.”
If Fisher had won the Globe on Sunday night, she says that she would have thanked her parents and “Eighth Grade” writer-director Bo Burnham, as well as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, first of all “for that nomination because that was pretty dope.” She adds that she would have shouted out presenter Steve Carell with a “you gave me my career, brah.” Fisher alludes to her debut film role, voice-acting as his daughter in “Despicable Me,” in which her character Agnes memorably remarked upon seeing a stuffed unicorn, “It’s so fluffy, I’m going to die!” Fisher reflects, “I was five years old for the first movie and to think that that really kickstarted my career is so cool just to think about, but I was very embarrassed of it for a long time, just because people thought it was fun to tease me — and they were never, ever mean about it, but over and over again, it gets annoying. But I look back now and what an incredible experience.”