The actress, 31, on mind reading on the Tube and playing a hard-partying Dubliner in new film Animals

How was it filming all the drinking scenes in animals? there are a lot of them!

Yes, there are. We were drinking a lot of apple juice so there were sugar highs. It’s kind of interesting to track that continuity of drunkenness. You’ve just got to remember what it feels like.

Were you inspired by any of your friends, naming no names?

Definitely. It’s all from aspects of every friendship I have or from people I see.

What kind of party person are you?

Obviously I’ve been through my stages, my blowout stage — haven’t we all? — but I’m pretty good now. One thing about getting older is hangovers are harder. And you’ve got to have a lot of stamina when you’re on a shoot. I can’t burn the candle at both ends like I used to.

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The actor swaps period drama for partying hard in the film Animals, a subtle look at female friendship. She talks about playing drunk in Dublin and perfecting an Irish accent.

Holliday Grainger turned 30 last year in Dublin, while shooting her new film. In Animals, she plays Laura, a 32-year-old writer trying to balance the odd pressure of how she feels she should be behaving, and how she wants to behave. “I think there is a pressure on people,” Grainger says about reaching that age. “It’s – what are you doing with your life?” Though the film is set against the sort of dedicated partying that is outrageously fun, until it isn’t, Animals is also a subtle, unsettling look at the expectations placed on women by themselves, their friends, their families and lovers, as well as the world around them.

“It was this weird day,” Grainger recalls of her 30th. She and her co-star Alia Shawkat, who plays the more hedonistic Tyler, were filming a scene in which they visit Laura’s baby niece for the first time, nursing bone-crushing hangovers. “And they have an argument about joining the baby club or not.” Two of Grainger’s best friends, and their own babies, had flown out to visit her. “So on set were my best friends, their babies, and we were filming a scene about the choice between having a baby or not, and turning 30.” The director, she says, was excited about the synchronicity.

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Seems like Holly has been on vacation for her current projects, and before she comes back she has enjoyed Glastonbury with a bunch of friends, which some you may remember from previous projects! Among st her friends are that attended the festival are: Vanessa Kirby, Douglas Booth, Gemma Chan, Harry Treadaway, Bel Powley, Billie Piper and others!

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The BBC has unveiled the first look at British spy drama The Capture starring Strike’s Holliday Grainger and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’s, Callum Turner.
The six-part series, which is produced by Heyday Television and NBCUniversal International Studios, will air later this year.

It begins when soldier Shaun Emery’s (Turner) conviction for a murder in Afghanistan is overturned due to flawed video evidence, he returns to life as a free man with his young daughter. But when damning CCTV footage from a night out in London comes to light, Shaun’s life takes a shocking turn and he must soon fight for his freedom once again. With DI Rachel Carey (Grainger) drafted in to investigate Shaun’s case, she quickly learns that the truth can sometimes be a matter of perspective.

Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, described the show as “research based but with huge flair in its storytelling. The Capture shines a light on surveillance culture and asks what happens in a world where we can no longer trust the evidence in front of us.”

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Last April, we released two photos from a TIFF photoshoot featuring Holliday and Anna Paquin for Tell It To The Bees. We now release 3 extra outtakes from that photoshoot!

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Also, visit our newly updated category for screencaps, where Holly made interview, event appearances and others, which we added caps to the gallery from videos from the web:

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Holly has been announced as a judge on The Portico Library Prize 2019! You may have header of Portico Library as a 213-year-old independent subscription library and exhibitions space in Manchester City Centre. Still housed in its original purpose-built venue on Mosley Street, it is now open free to the public six days a week for an eclectic calendar of exhibitions and events, complementing the unique collection of books, archives and illustrations spanning over 450 years.

As we know, Holliday’s birth city is Manchester, so we bet she is truly proud of being invited to join this year prize as a judge!

Holliday Grainger is a stage and screen actor. Holliday has just wrapped filming as the lead role of Rachel in The Capture for BBC 1. She will next be seen as the lead role of Laura opposite Alia Shawkat in Animals, adapted from the popular Manchester-based novel of the same name, which premiered to rave reviews at Sundance and opens this summer.

After attending Leeds University, Holliday completed a BA in English Literature with The Open University alongside appearing in productions including The Borgias, Jane Eyre, Anna Karenina and starring as Estella in Mike Newell’s film adaptation of Great Expectations.

Her later film credits include Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella, Tulip Fever and My Cousin Rachel, recently appearing in Melrose alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and J.K Rowling’s The Strike Series for HBO/BBC.

 



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