Life After Life’s Thomasin McKenzie is Otherworldly
At just 21, Thomasin McKenzie, who plays Ursula in the four-part BBC series Life After Life, already has a list of impressive credits including Leave No Trace and Last Night in Soho. BAFTA winning director John Crowley was taken with Wellington-born McKenzie’s “wonderful” performance in Jojo Rabbit.
“There’s something slightly otherworldly about her … she has a faraway look in her eyes,” Crowley tells Variety about McKenzie. “If she had said to me for real, that she had had other life experiences, I would believe her, because I think there’s something slightly ethereal about her. There’s a timelessness to her face.”
McKenzie too was drawn to the script and immediately read Kate Atkinson’s bestselling novel the film is based on as well, in order to understand that world better. McKenzie’s preparation also included meeting an epilepsy nurse as déjà vu is one of the symptoms of epilepsy, and consulting with her 95-year-old grandmother who was in the UK during WWII.
McKenzie next stars in William Oldroyd’s film Eileen, based on Ottessa Moshfegh’s Booker shortlisted novel; and Olivia Wilde’s Perfect, about Olympic gymnast Kerri Strug’s fight against the odds to win a gold medal for Team USA at the 1996 Olympics.
Original article by Naman Ramachandran, Variety, April 18, 2022.