Daisy Edgar-Jones said the time she spent in Ireland filming Normal People was one of the “special experiences” of her life.
The 24-year-old spoke as she returned to Dublin for the premiere of Where The Crawdads Sing, based on the Delia Owens bestseller.
Edgar-Jones plays Kya, a young girl living alone in the North Carolina swamps who becomes involved in a local murder mystery.
The film is co-produced by Reese Witherspoon through her production company Hello Sunshine and premiered last night at the Stella Cinema in Dublin.
“It’s crazy it’s been two years now since I came here so it feels like time has passed so quickly so I’m coming back and staying very close to where I lived when I was working here “, she said .
“I read it when I auditioned, I loved the book, I really fell in love with this world, I had never been in a swamp before, and I thought the writing was so vivid and I really got so immersed in it .
“I read it during Covid, the story is mostly about a young girl who is isolated and I think that was something I feel I can relate to certain aspects of it, that kind of lonely Feeling is something we may have all felt at this time.
“We shot in New Orleans in the swamplands around Luisiana, it’s a great setting for the crime mystery of the story because it’s quite a hostile environment. It’s not an easy place to live, it’s certainly not an easy place to film.
“We’ve had crazy, crazy weather and big thunder and lightning storms that would rock your bed.”
Ms Edgar-Jones said it was “very surreal” to work with Reese Witherspoon.
“It’s my first time in anything on a big screen, which is kind of amazing but also really surreal, but I’m so proud of it because it’s a quiet film about a young woman who faces all odds still survived,” she told The Ryan Tubridy Show on RTÉ.
“It’s kind of wild to be back here myself because my time here is one of the most special experiences of my life, shooting Normal People and I’ve lived here for five months and just turned 21, it felt like my college experience.
“It’s so cool to be promoting another film in a place I love so much.”
Ms Edgar-Jones said hearing the likes of Sally Rooney helped her perfect the West Irish accent in her role as Marianne on Normal People.
The coming-of-age drama was set in the fictional town of Carricklea and filmed in Tubbercurry, Co Sligo.
“I think I’m lucky because growing up, I also lived with my grandfather for a few years, so I had a very strong Irish sound in my house, so my accent started to change in my teenage years,” she said.
“But I think for me with that accent I heard a lot of Sally Rooney because she’s from Mayo, it’s a very special ‘O’ sound that I wanted to get.”
The actress said she was still good friends with Paul Mescal, who played the role of Connell.
“He’s my best friend in the whole world, it was such a special experience being a young actor on top of everything and we really looked out for and cared for each other,” she said.
Where The Crawdads Sings hits cinemas across Ireland this Friday.
https://www.independent.ie/news/daisy-edgar-jones-on-joy-of-returning-to-ireland-for-where-the-crawdads-sing-premiere-a-place-i-love-so-dearly-41854537.html Daisy Edgar Jones on the joy of returning to Ireland for the premiere of Where The Crawdads Sing: ‘A place I love so much’