GIRACE I’m very empathetic, so I bond very closely with the characters, but I don’t let myself get overwhelmed by them. Slowly, with my in-depth study of Lila, I began to understand her, and I tried to do justice to this character, to make her complete, with her strengths, but also her fragility.
This third part covers a long period, and Lenù and Lila has the last child. Finally, the characters are much older than you are now.
GIRACE I first met Lila when I was 13, and played her at 14 and 15, so I felt that, since I lived with her, it was easy to understand and know she was an older woman of 25 or 30. And Lila has always been like that. mature for her age, so it’s not difficult for me to identify with an older woman.
MAZZUCCO When I did the birth scene, I asked my mother a lot of questions – such as “How do you hold the baby?” – and watch videos of women giving birth. But the rest, that’s okay, once they helped me with my makeup, hair and clothes. That helped a lot.
Was there any part of this season that was particularly difficult to film?
MAZZUCCO When I had to be a mother, especially in the beginning, when the babies were small and they would start crying and I didn’t know what to do – especially since their biological mother was nearby. But gradually I became more comfortable with it.
GIRACE It’s hard to be Lila when she’s sick, because, as an energetic young woman, I worry I won’t be able to play the part of a tired, ruined woman. It’s hard to describe that fragility without appearing artificial.
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