VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Emily Beecham Reveals Why She Loved Working WIth Lily James On ‘The Pursuit of Love’
Emily Beecham revealed details about her experience working with Lily James in the new Amazon Prime limited series The Pursuit of Love in her new uInterview.
“I think at the core of it it’s really about them growing up from childhood into adulthood and that whole journey and that transition from there and that whole messiness of it,” Beecham told uInterview Founder Erik Meers. “So, it’s kind of more we want to really focus on that whole messiness of life and love and trying to discover your identity, which is quite a journey. And so, I think especially as they’re children it’s both exciting and daunting what their future might hold, or what their choices might be, or who they want to be, or who they fall in love with, or who they want to marry, or who they want to have sex with or if they want to have sex.”
The actress said director and writer Emily Mortimer was inspired by Jules Et Jim and the “feral nature of the girls.” Mortimer’s series is based on the 1945 novel of the same name by Nancy Mitford.
“I was particularly inspired because I had a childhood friendship from when I was three to about 11 when I moved away from the area, but you know that kind of, yeah, feral nature and you get up to all sorts of mischief and I think wanted to really have that because they always had that in their past Lily [Linda] and Fanny and then it’s only when they become older that they’re kind of trying to figure out what their femininity means and how that changes them on the society that they’re in and the choices that they feel they do or don’t have and how they get shaped as they go along.”
Beecham noted the light feeling on set, saying that Mortimer “always makes me laugh.”
“There’s always such a good atmosphere around her,” she said. “She’s very naturally very humorous, she’s very funny and she’s very honest, which is quite perfect really for Nancy because obviously, Nancy is a very candid — Nancy Mitford — is a very candid character.”
She also gushed about costar James. “Lily’s very naturally brave and daring,” Beecham said. “I mean for instance she’s an incredible horse rider, she probably rides a horse much like Linda does. She has a naturally quite vivacious kind of free spirit really that Linda has.”
The Pursuit of Love is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.