‘The Salisbury Poisonings’ – Anne-Marie Duff on the ‘privilege’ of playing a real-life person

How Anne-Marie Duff got into her ‘Salisbury Poisonings’ character

Anne-Marie Duff of ‘The Salisbury Poisonings’ on AMC+

Q: Obviously, watching this in the midst of COVID-19 gives it a new layer of horror. Were there things you learned from making it that have helped you weather the pandemic?

A: You know, I think that it gloriously reminds us how extraordinary our frontline services are internationally. And so, it started to open my mind to that, certainly, while we were filming, but now it’s like that’s really been swollen by this experience that we’re all going through, and it’s weirdly a sort of celebration of that I sort of think that’s the sort of the journey that we’ve all gone (through) and gained in some knowledge about the situation that we’re in.

Q: When you play a real person who’s not famous, do you still try to incorporate a part of their personality in your performance?

A: Absolutely. When I first met Tracy (Daszkiewicz, the woman she played), my main goal was to kind of see how the room was affected when she walked into it. Because there’s no point trying to do an impersonation of somebody because it feels a bit soulless. So you just want to try and catch their breath, you know, catch the temperature that they sit in, you know. And I think that’s a sort of privilege really to be inside of that especially when someone isn’t a celebrity. You have to very gentle and very careful and caring. And so, that was my main objective I would have to say.

George Dickie

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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