It may not be for much longer that Daisy is only synonymous with Normal People. She’s excited to be filming Fresh, described as a ‘social thriller’, for the next few months. ‘I can’t say much, but it’s so different to anything I’ve done before,’ she says. ‘It’s a wild, scary, fun, interesting script. It’s using that genre to really say something. The director [Mimi Cave] is a really cool lady with an amazing imagination, so I’m excited to step into her world.’
Then in the spring, she will begin work on Where the Crawdads Sing, the film version of Delia Owens’s novel, which has spent two years on the New York Times bestseller list. Reese Witherspoon bought the film rights last summer, calling it a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity to bring the world of ‘marsh girl’ Kya Clark to life.
How does it feel to be playing another role that will already mean so much to so many people? ‘I just feel so privileged, because I love reading. I used to read so much as a teenager, and I’d be so devastated at the end of books to say goodbye to this world and character,’ says Daisy. ‘So now, in my adult life, I feel so lucky that I can read these books and fall in love with the world and the character, and then I get to spend months with them stepping into that world, developing it even further. It’s a great team of women and a brilliant story of a strong female character who is so complex and so fragile and interesting and strong. I’m just very excited to realise Kya as best I can.’
With awards season around the corner and a host of new projects to tackle, it feels like Daisy’s rise has only just begun.
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