Christina Ricci will be the first to tell you that she doesn’t like Misty Quigley, her terrifying “yellow vests” character.
“I mean, he’s not someone I would choose to be friends with,” Ricci told CNN of his Emmy-nominated role. Yet she likes to play with herself even though she is not trustworthy.
“I really enjoy playing characters that don’t follow the kind of normal social constraints that we go through,” she adds. “And the freedom to play someone who isn’t bound by any kind of morality but their own, that’s really fun. And I like playing characters who don’t typically express their emotions.
Ricci, who has starred since her film debut at age 9 in “Mermaids” alongside Cher, says she often thinks she knows where the writers will go with Misty on the show, but is often steered into a unexpected direction.
Her process for playing someone so complicated is to take all the things she knows about Misty, like her “obsessive need to try to connect with people and make friends” or her “30 years of constant rejection” and ask what that turns a person into.
“What is the behavior that manifests from this?” she asks. “Really, my process is just to take the facts that I know about a character and extrapolate and kind of fill out the character, flesh out a character based on behavior, because I think it would be born out of their experience.”
Currently filming season 2, Ricci’s own experience on set is different than she had during the first season, when she was pregnant with her nine-month-old daughter, Cleo, and hid her. in front of the camera with loose sweaters and overalls.
“It’s a lot easier to perform without being pregnant,” she laughs. “Even just being able to like snuggling, you know? Last year, there was a time when they were like, “You reach out and pick this up off the floor,” and I was like, “No, I can’t reach out and pick up anything. on the ground. And then there were stairs that I had to go up and down, but I was pregnant and had sciatica.
Ricci also has an eight-year-old son named Freddie whom she shares with her ex, James Heerdegen. And she keeps her hands full with three fur babies, dogs she says she loves more than most people.
“I really love animals,” she says. “I don’t consider myself a very friendly person, but I will always talk to dogs and cats.”
In her spare time, she’s partnered with Stella & Chewy’s because she loves the company’s raw, natural dog food, especially for her aging furry best friend Karen, named after the late singer Karen Carpenter. .
“Karen has been traveling with me since I was 29 and, oh my god, before I had babies, this was my first baby,” she says. “And as I got older, I really wanted her to stay comfortable and live as long as she could. So I researched what would be the best nutrition for her.
The campaign, she says, “is all about raw love and showing your love for your animals in every way you do, but also by feeding them really well.”
Balancing filming, family and multiple production projects isn’t easy, but Ricci, who refreshingly admits to having “an amazing nanny,” says, “it’s like any other family with two working parents. – you make it work.”