She may have starred in the gripping TV series Ordinary People, but if you’re regular, Daisy Edgar-Jones isn’t your girl.
Brit is on a remarkable upward curve and is about to take off as Hollywood goes crazy over Daisy.
She gave up her British accent for a Southerner to play the role of Kya in the highly anticipated adaptation of the best-selling novel Where The Crawdads Sing.
The film’s producer – actress Reese Witherspoon – was praised by North London’s Daisy, calling her a “one-time talent”.
Reese, 46, says: “Daisy is a deeply emotional, sentient human being who can really transform himself into many different characters, but you feel the vulnerability and intensity of her in this performance.”
The film premiered in the UK in July – hotly following its current release Fresh, in which 23-year-old Daisy once again takes on the lead role as a woman navigating the dating game.
However, the humble Daisy – who got her first big role on the hit ITV show Cold Feet – still doesn’t think she’s famous.
Director Olivia Newman said: “When we watched Daisy read, we all felt it. It was like hearing Kya’s voice.
“It was just a great, gorgeous audition. She doesn’t consider herself a big celebrity like this.”
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Delia Owens’ book Where The Crawdads Sing has sold 12 million copies worldwide.
Daisy loved it and devoured it one day. The next morning, she recorded herself auditioning for the role of “swamp girl” Kya.
A heartbreaking coming-of-age story set in a seaside town in North Carolina.
The film is about Kya, an abandoned girl who has lived alone in the swamp for many years.
The swamps are inhabited by turtles – shrimp-like creatures also known as crayfish.
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They make a slurping-like sound — “singing” — when water is drawn through their gills.
Kya is suspected of murder after integrating into society.
Daisy said: “I loved that book so much.
“So to bring Kya to life was a crazy opportunity.
“It is also a responsibility, because I just learned that the character is loved by so many people.
“It was a magical time to film. We got to be in the real swamp at bayou and be on her boat, in her lagoon and experience bringing that book to life – it was amazing.
“She had such an inner strength that I really wanted to be myself. She is complex, flawed, brilliant, and survives every difficulty. ”
Daisy, who has a pure British accent, enjoyed mastering Kya’s timbre.
She added: “Accent has always been one of the most important parts of my process, if I even have one, because it informs so much about a character. My own voice is somewhat self-conscious.
“It’s a big part of the British accent, it’s a bit ironic.
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“I find the Kya accent oddly easier than the more conventional American accent, because it’s such a clear sound.”
Superstars came pretty quickly for Daisy. When Ordinary People aired on the BBC in the spring of April 2020, the UK had just begun its first Covid lockdown.
The show, based on the novel by Sally Rooney, sees Daisy play outcast Marianne opposite Paul Mescal’s Connell.
Back then she lived in an apartment in North London with her boyfriend and two friends.
Her bedroom is decorated with a cloud mural and a painting of two naturally dressed crocodiles.
The role was life-changing, earning Daisy nominations at the Critics’ Choice, BAFTA and Golden Globe Awards.
She appeared on British Vogue’s list of the most influential women of 2020 and starred in the sci-fi series War of the Worlds in 2021.
She now has a million followers on Instagram. She hit the magic number last week and thanked her fans for their support.
Daisy grew up in Muswell Hill with her Sky TV operator father Philip, a Scottish and Northern Irish film editor, and mother Wendy.
And she says it was her father, one of the creators of the reality TV show Big Brother, who kept her steady as her overnight fame.
She said: “He was the best because when Big Brother is at the top of its game, when you join you are guaranteed to lose your anonymity. So my dad has always been very nice.
“He always said, ‘People around you may change, but you will never change – you will remain who you are.
“It can feel very strange when people assume they know you or that you seem distant from them… never, never believe your own hype, you have to keep your feet on the ground. and your head is twisted. And never be too big for your boots’.
“It’s very helpful because I never wanted to.” Daisy is a shy seven-year-old when it comes to acting mistakes. A teacher cast her as Anne Boleyn in a play about Henry VIII – done in the style of US talk show host Jerry Springer.
Daisy recalls: “I walked in with a prosthetic head under my arm and I was so angry he cut my head off.
“I remember being really sassy, and really angry, and being like, ‘I can’t believe you did this!’
“It is very different from me. It was the first time I had the experience of enjoying and actually living in a character. As a seven-year-old Anne Boleyn. ”
Daisy joined the National Youth Theater at the age of 14, and roles in TV’s Outnumbered and Silent Witness followed.
Her Cold Feet debut was when she was 17 and the Manchester-based show, starring James Nesbitt, was Daisy’s first big test.
And she was so nervous that she almost forgot how to walk. “I remember my first job was Cold Feet and I really had such a small part,” she recalls.
“One of the first scenes I had to do was walk somewhere.
“And I remember being very self-conscious and very conscious, ‘I wanted to act like I was walking. I want to look like I’m walking. ‘
“At least I’ve done it long enough now that I can confidently walk somewhere and have no sense of self!”
Daisy splits with Ackley Bridge actor Tom Varey in 2021.
There is no news of a newcomer on the horizon yet.
Joking about people breaking her dating contract, she said: “If they don’t ask any questions. Or if you don’t reply to messages right away and they say you’re online! I’m also a little confused about the scarves in the house. ”
When she’s not busy with acting, Daisy likes to relax by watching TV, especially seriously coming to dance.
She said she wouldn’t rule out appearing on the BBC dance show – and there have been some dance scenes in Fresh.
But she admits: “You can see from the movie, I am not a massively excellent dancer.
“I have rhythm, so maybe. I want to learn how to do jive. “
As her year goes from strength to strength, Daisy says acting under a female producer and director on Crawdads has put
her thoughts. “Perhaps one day I can also direct,” she said.
At this rate, Daisy, it’s one. “At least I’ve done it long enough now that I can confidently walk somewhere and have no sense of self!”
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