One cause Jessica Henwick wished to hitch Netflix’s latest motion film, “The Gray Man,” was due to its “stellar lineup of actors,” she tells POPSUGAR. The two people she obtained to work most intently with on the set of the Russo Brothers’ movie had been Chris Evans and “Bridgerton” breakout Regé-Jean Page. Henwick and Page are each British and play Americans within the movie, however they went about getting ready for his or her roles fairly in a different way.
Page, Henwick says, stayed in an American accent your complete time they had been filming. “We got along like a house on fire, and it was only when we finished filming that he broke his American accent, and then I realized our entire relationship was a lie,” she jokes. “I never stay in character. As soon as the camera has cut, I’m back to speaking like [with my normal accent], whereas he would maintain it from getting in the car till leaving.” Henwick would not name it technique appearing precisely, but it surely does lean “in that direction.” “That’s his process and I totally respect it,” she says.
Henwick thinks Page is exclusive in having the ability to hold the American accent up on a regular basis whereas working together with her. The actor remembers that when she labored with Nicholas Hoult on 2017’s “Newness,” he did not surrender the accent when Henwick got here on set. “I met him and I went, ‘Oh, hi. So whereabouts in London are you from?’ And within five minutes, he’d caved,” she remembers. “And that’s been my experience with most British actors, they cave within the first day of hanging out with me.” She provides, “But Regé, his willpower was just too strong.”
Henwick says it was a pleasure to work with Page and to play villains collectively. “We kept joking that we were Team Rocket from Pokémon, because we would enter scenes, yell at each other, kind of f*ck things up ineffectively, and then leave,” she shares.
Another main a part of the film for Henwick is her character Suzanne’s relationship with Evans’s Lloyd Hansen. Lloyd is the livewire, and it is Suzanne’s job to all the time attempt to rein him in. Suzanne, Lloyd, and Page’s Denny Carmichael are all faculty associates who entered the CIA collectively. “In the original script, it went into a lot of detail about specifically their relationship at school, and Lloyd and Suzanne had a very, very dark history. And so I was, even when we made it less explicit, I wanted to bring that to the table, that there had been something really turbulent and kind of insidious with her and Lloyd,” she says. “Getting to do that with Regé and Chris was honestly a blessing.”
And sure, she has an opinion on the mustache Evans grew for the movie. “I ripped into him for the first week because it was pretty funny, and he would get food caught in it, but I think it works for the character,” she says. “It’s villainous without being too mustache-twirly. It’s a look.”
Henwick describes Suzanne because the “polar opposite” of her normal characters. “She’s simmering with emotions, she wants to talk back, and she has to swallow her tongue so many times throughout the film,” she explains. Plus, Henwick usually performs characters who’re heroes and rebels — she actually performed a insurgent pilot in 2015’s “The Force Awakens.” But in “The Gray Man,” Suzanne is in some ways the embodiment of the system, even when viewers would possibly generally establish together with her struggles. “When we first get introduced to her, she’s so undermined by everyone around her that you think, ‘Oh, she’s a victim. I feel bad for her,'” she says. “Then slowly as the film goes on, you realize she is a virus and she is so toxic as well, and that’s so much fun to play.” Henwick truly spoke to somebody who works on the CIA to strive to determine why somebody like Suzanne would have sacrificed every little thing to be in her position.
As for her hopes for Suzanne in a sequel? “I would love to . . . watch her become this supervillain,” Henwick says.
“The Gray Man” is in theaters now and streams on Netflix on July 22.