Primetime Emmy-nominated series version of 'What We Do in the Shadows' continues on FX
Q: What do you think of your vampirish “What We Do in the Shadows” character Nadja running a Staten Island, N.Y., nightspot?
A: It’s better than anything you could ever imagine, ever. I want the Nadja Nightclub to be opened up in every city in the world, because it’s everything you could ever want. There’s no limits. (The patrons) are the undead, so as crazy as you want to go in a nightclub, you can go there at Nadja’s Nightclub. (By comparison,) Studio 54 is sort of like a sports day on a field with cups of tea.
Q: What do you make of Nadja’s marriage to fellow vampire Laszlo (played by Matt Berry)?
A: It’s so lovely that people like it, and it’s like a relationship that’s been going on for years – hundreds of years – so you can really mine any of your own personal relationship situations, because they’ve probably been through it a million times. And it’s also the writing. I really love Matt Berry, so that’s really helpful. And quite painful at times, because I’m so in love with him.
I do think that in comedy, sometimes it’s easier to sort of go for, “Oh, everything is terrible. Everything is bad. We all hate each other. We are all really angry.” But actually, I find it funnier that no matter what Laszlo and Nadja say to each other or do to each other, they are still like, “We love each other so much. It’s great.” And I think that’s what really makes me laugh, how I can chase him around with a sword and he’ll be like, “My darling, you are the most beautiful girl in the world.”
Q: What’s your take on Nadja’s spirit also being contained by a doll?
A: It’s unbelievable. The doll is so real and magical, I feel very maternal over it. And it does involve me sort of taking the special-effects guys to one side quite often and blackmailing them into trying to make me one, which I haven’t had any luck with yet.