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Gillian Anderson on recreating Prince Andrew's disastrous interview in Scoop – Monomaxos

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Gillian Anderson on recreating Prince Andrew's disastrous interview in Scoop

 – Monomaxos

At first, Gillian Anderson couldn't bring himself to watch Prince Andrewis disastrous for the BBC in 2019 News evening Interview with Emily Maitlis– the case in which the disgraced king denied having sex with a teenage girl, offered a Pizza Express alibi and then claimed he couldn't sweat because of an adrenaline overdose during the Falklands War. The interview, which only fanned the flames of the Jeffrey Epstein scandal that the royal family was trying to stamp out, was described by a palace insider as “one of the worst PR moves in recent history.”

Given the negative hype, Anderson admits, “I came to it late because I knew it would be worthy. “For a while, I didn't want to subject myself to it.”

However, a few years after the awkward BBC showdown aired, Anderson found herself watching the film on loop while preparing to play the role of Maitlis in the upcoming Netflix film scoop. A long time listener of the Maitlis podcast The intelligence agents, Anderson is used to the journalist behaving “pretty ruthlessly” towards her interviewees. “She doesn’t let anyone off the hook, especially powerful people who try to avoid answering questions,” Anderson says on a recent Zoom call VF.A

However, upon re-watching the interview, Anderson says, “I was impressed by how gentle she was.” If she asked too sharp a question or pushed too hard, it would get done. He could have stopped.” Maitlis' strategy worked: Prince Andrew engaged the journalist on every topic she accused him of, with disastrous effect.

The film is based on the former News evening Manufacturer Sam McAlister's book Scoops: Behind the scenes of the BBC's most shocking interviews. Leaded by Philip Martin, The drama follows how McAlister (Billie Piper) secured the historic interview and how Maitlis prepared for the interview with her News evening team, as well as the meeting with Prince Andrew (Rufus Sewell) yourself. Even if the behind-the-scenes story of an interview doesn't sound like enticing programming, the risk for both sides is low scoop a surprising tick-tock tension. Andrew tries to calm the growing scandal surrounding his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. On the other hand, the BBC is aiming for a ratings win – and Maitlis also feels she needs to redeem herself professionally by asking Andrew the tough questions she feels she hasn't asked Bill Clinton in a 2019 interview. (The journalist has spoken about how she regrets not taking the opportunity to question him Monica Lewinsky.)

The real Maitlis said she was incredibly stressed in the lead-up to the session because she knew she only had one chance and previous royal interviews for the broadcaster had typically gone poorly. “Whenever the BBC and the royals meet, someone always gets fired,” Maitlis said last year. Speaking about the pressure, she added: “It couldn't be a misstep.” I was scared of everything. I was afraid I would misunderstand the tone and be either too ingratiating or too rude.”

Even Maitlis' wardrobe – a military-style jacket and trousers – required thought. Anderson explains: “I don't know how much you know about Emily Maitlis, but she likes a short skirt and she's got the legs for it.” So with trousers, she wanted [Prince Andrew] to concentrate.” As for the military jacket, the newsreader was sitting with someone who spent 22 years in the Royal Navy. Perhaps, Anderson says, Maitlis was thinking “whether he would feel more comfortable with her if she were there.” [his] Page, subliminally.â€

The film shows how intimidating it was for Maitlis to enter Buckingham Palace to interview the prince in his home country. Anderson had a similarly daunting experience when she arrived on the Palace set to introduce her version of the real-life character in her first scene: scoopis a replica of the News evening Interview. It was the first time she saw Sewell with four hours of makeup that gave the straight-laced actor the look of an everyman. “I think I screamed – like, 'What?!'” Anderson says, laughing

Anderson and Sewell had individually memorized the 10 minutes of the 60 Minutes interview they were recreating – obsessively noting every pause, every tiny gesture and every misdirection – but weren't sure how the other had prepared. But the moment the cameras started rolling, the actors were in sync. “The rhythms were the same,” Anderson marvels. “It was almost surreal because we've never done this before.” I just [done it] in my head and maybe loudly on the treadmill. It was exciting. All about what [he] What I was told was absolutely spot on, as far as stumbling over a word, looking it up, trying to think, trying to back out, and all of that. He got it.â€

With Maitlis acting as an audience avatar during the interview, there is a feeling of triumph at the end of the conversation – a credit to the journalist, who was named the Royal Television Society's 2020 News Presenter of the Year award for her work as she interviewed Prince Andrew in the The royal family's first public conversation since Epstein was arrested on federal charges of sex trafficking of minors. And now Maitlis' career highlight is being adapted into the film, streaming on Netflix from Friday

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