Primarily based on the novel by Stephen King, who has tailored the story himself, and directed by Pablo Larraín, the Apple TV+ restricted sequence Lisey’s Story follows Lisey Landon (Julianne Moore) as she continues to search out her footing after the demise of her husband, beloved novelist Scott Landon (Clive Owen). Nonetheless uncertain of put all of the items of her life again collectively, Lisey should additionally cope with a rabid fan (Dane DeHaan) that’s dangerously obsessive about Scott’s work whereas making an attempt to grasp the world that her sister Amanda (Joan Allen) has retreated into.
Throughout a digital junket to advertise the brand new sequence, Collider received the chance to speak 1-on-1 with Jennifer Jason Leigh (who play Darla, the center sister to Lisey and Amanda) about what most her in Lisey’s Story, getting all the scripts previous to filming, the primary Stephen King story she learn, and loving the sisterhood of all of it. She additionally talked about why she needed to affix Season 2 of Hunters, and what she seems for in a challenge.
Collider: When this got here your means, had you been aware of the Stephen King guide or was the script your first publicity to this story?
JENNIFER JASON LEIGH: The script was my first publicity to this Stephen King story, however then I subsequently found that it was probably the most private for him, and that it was actually about his spouse and her sisters. I discovered that so intriguing. It’s additionally a meditation on grief, and but there’s all the supernatural Stephen King in there as nicely.
How a lot of your involvement with this was due to the particular story and the way a lot was the need to work with Stephen King on regardless of the challenge was?
LEIGH: It was every little thing. I like the director (Pablo Larraín) and the actors concerned. It was thrilling to work on one thing of his, after which to have this unbelievable solid. It was simply an unbelievable group of individuals.
Did you get to learn all the scripts previous to filming, or did you simply get a few of them? Did you additionally use the guide?
LEIGH: I received all of them. There was a variety of safety round it, clearly. They have been very nice with the actors, to allow us to see every little thing. It was very useful. In fact, we additionally had the guide that we may at all times have a look at.
How a lot did you depend on the guide itself and the way a lot did you simply work with the script, since it’s an adaptation?
LEIGH: It’s generally useful, when you find yourself wanting on the guide since you’ll discover a bit piece of knowledge that simply may determine into your understanding of the character and the forwards and backwards between the sisters, or one thing that occurred of their childhoods, and issues like that. It’s nice for these little particulars, except for simply the pleasure of studying it.
What do you like concerning the work of Stephen King, usually? When have been you first launched to his work? Was it by means of his books or by means of his movie variations?
LEIGH: I learn Salem’s Lot. I really feel like I used to be in possibly seventh or eighth grade. I had horrible nightmares from that, and I nonetheless bear in mind my nightmares from that as a result of they have been so intense. After which, I noticed and browse The Shining, and I cherished that. I noticed Carrie after I was younger, and that was nice. I’ve at all times simply loved studying his books a lot. He’s so prolific, it’s insane. These novels are simply such a pleasure to learn.
There are such a lot of totally different tales occurring on this and so many alternative genres woven collectively. Had been there occasions that it felt such as you have been simply making a small household drama about three sisters?
LEIGH: , it actually felt that means more often than not. It was actually only a play on these three sisters and all the dynamics between them and what every of their job was within the household. There was a variety of ache and humor and pathos, and all of that. I cherished that about becoming a member of this challenge.
It’s clear that each one of those characters are on fairly the private and emotional journeys all through Lisey’s Story. How did you’re feeling about the way in which the story ties every little thing collectively and wraps issues up, on the finish of those episodes? Did you’re feeling a way of closure whenever you have been achieved?
LEIGH: As a result of we have been capturing throughout COVID, however we didn’t know we have been capturing throughout COVID, I didn’t get that sense of closure in any respect. There was a degree the place we went into lockdown and I didn’t return.
Did you’re feeling closure in your character and her story?
LEIGH: Sure, as a result of we had just about shot every little thing. I had one little factor to try this I couldn’t return for. Apart from that, every little thing of consequence was achieved.
What are your favourite reminiscences of working with Julianne Moore and Joan Allen?
LEIGH: I cherished the sisterhood of it. I cherished that, inside every week, we actually felt like a household. Pablo is so nice at making folks really feel like they’re sufficient and they’re precisely who they need to be, and there was one thing that was very liberating in that and really centering. He additionally likes each character. You by no means really feel such as you’re enjoying the imply one, or no matter. There aren’t any outcomes that he’s going for and no judgment on the characters. There’s simply an understanding of the place they’re coming from. And for me, for my character, Darla, she’s the realist. She’s grounded. I at all times love issues about sisters as a result of I’m one in every of three sisters. There was a pure pull for me. And I’m additionally the center sister in my household, so I’m the mediator. I’m not too dissimilar. I’m not Darla, however I perceive a variety of what makes Darla tick.
You’ve additionally signed on to steer Season 2 of Hunters. What made you wish to try this? Is there simply one thing very interesting about enjoying a Nazi hunter?
LEIGH: Sure, there’s something very interesting about enjoying a Nazi hunter, completely, and empowering. In occasions the place we don’t really feel like we essentially have a variety of management or energy, it’s good to enter a world the place you do. Clearly, it’s make consider, however I feel it’s gonna really feel actually good.
You’ve performed a big selection of characters in quite a lot of tasks on TV and in movie. What catches your consideration whenever you’re making an attempt to determine what the subsequent factor might be? Is it at all times the script first or is it only a feeling that you just get, and have all the COVID security protocols modified issues?
LEIGH: Sure, every little thing that you just stated, plus the brand new factor with COVID. It’s nice if one thing shoots the place I dwell as a result of I don’t assume very many individuals actually wish to journey, should you may also help it. If we may shoot issues in our residence, that may be superb. Nevertheless it’s at all times the script, it’s the actors concerned, and it’s the director. It truly is a director’s imaginative and prescient, in order that’s massively necessary to me. Numerous occasions, it’s additionally the creator’s imaginative and prescient, which is a bit totally different than with movie. General, it’s an intuition.
Lisey’s Story is out there to stream at Apple TV+, with new episodes on Fridays.