Njuri Rice was fine until I opened her finger. Young star Nice guys Tom Holland’s Spider-Man franchise has arrived in Philadelphia to play Kate Winslet’s daughter in the horrific HBO / Sky Atlantic series Mare East TownFor the first time, it was operating without a parent or guardian present. At the age of 18, she survived a voyage across the Atlantic Ocean from her native Australia, and was temporarily living in her own apartment. Everything was great until she made dinner for herself. There was a blade, some strong slicing, and then blood flowing across her kitchen counter.
“I realized I had no bandages, and it was 8.30 [in the evening] And the corner store had closed, “she recalls, reenacting the momentary panic from her family’s living room sofa in Melbourne.” I was like, What am I going to do? That was the first moment I realized, “Oh my God, I’m in charge now, I’m going to solve this problem.” So I wrapped a paper towel around my finger and tied it with an elastic band, and then the next day I managed to buy some bandages. ”She radiates with pride.“ I suddenly became an adult. ”
The 20-year-old actor’s on-screen journey into adulthood was smoother. Named after the beach in New South Wales where her grandmother lives – Anguri pronounces “Anne Go-ri” – Rice appears drawn to closed or haunted: a shy schoolgirl in Sofia Coppola The protestersPeter Parker’s tied Fellow, Betty Brandt in Spider-Man, the only pop fan in Miley Cyrus’ episode of Black mirror. Nancy Drewing made the courage to appear in it Nice guys, Stealing the show as Ryan Gosling’s early daughter, is still a bit distant.
at Mare East TownShe’s a sad teen, carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders. She plays Siobhan Sheehan, a budding musician and director who has had problems with her friend and a dead brother who she was unable to praise properly. Siobhan is also one of the last people to see a murdered girl alive, only to go home because things aren’t going well.
if Mare East Town A disguised exercise in constant agony in a small town, away from the camera was a different story. Yes, Winslet crawled into the trunk while Rice filmed a kissing scene with another actor in the front seat, but just to make sure she was as safe and comfortable as possible. “Kate has a daughter my age, so she was really looking for me,” Rice recalls. “I felt I was well taken care of.” She also lived her rock star fantasies, at least to an extent.
“We did the proper exercises before filming!” She says about her fictional band. “We were trained by Michel Zonner [aka the indie rock artist Japanese Breakfast], Which was cool, and I’m singing covers for a band called Mannequin Pussy. ”In the original script, she was supposed to sing in two concert scenes, but then Covid hit.“ There would be a bunch of people in a little room and it was clear they were like: No We can’t do that anymore. But we filmed a song for the seventh episode, and I hope they stay in it. “
The US host of the US show, HBO, has not allowed her to watch the final yet. In fact, she was only allowed to watch until the fifth episode, which ends with a violent brawl. She doesn’t think she can use her privilege as one of the cast members to send her the last two hours either. “They really are mean about it,” she jokes.
Rice has a natural radiance to her – or maybe the timing difference is all the more. Live on the other side of the world, she is very much promoted Mare East Town In the early evenings while those who had just interviewed her woke up. As a result, she is a kind of human pacemaker, both excited and unprotected, if she is still navigating how to exist as a public figure. When I read an old quote from her podcast – it’s called the Racy Journal Club series Community Library – She raises her hands to her ears, as if I’m about to press to play an embarrassing recording years ago. “Oh my God, what did you say ?!” She’s less freaked out later when she points out something her mom once said about her. “She’s smarter than me!” Rice is laughing. “It’s amazing, quote Ha!“
Rice’s mother is an actress and playwright, while her father is a director of a theater company. It meant that Rice spent her early years in every sense of the word on the fringes of Melbourne’s creative scene. When she began to quote absent-mindedly from a play her mother was in, her parents realized that they had produced an actor. The play in question was about a grieving woman who had her legs cut off. It was not exactly the most suitable material out there.
“These things happened quite frequently,” Rice admits. “I was two or three years old, and they would just bring me to rehearsals. They would say, Oh, she doesn’t understand anything, just sit her in the corner, she’ll be fine. Later, they take me home and I’ll start reciting lines to them. They were like, maybe not. We should bring her to these really dark plays … ”
Soon after, she began acting herself in advertisements, short films, and local theater. She still lives in Melbourne and continues to search for parts in the Australian film industry, but she admits it ProtestersShot in New Orleans is still her favorite on-camera experience. She starred alongside a narrow group of only seven other actors, including Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Colin Farrell, and said the movie helped change the way she viewed herself in sets.
“When you’re acting like a little kid,” she says, “sometimes you feel like a burden or a nuisance.” “Children have special work hours, and when I was younger, I was taking on a part of that guilt. Like,“ Oh, I want to work longer hours, I want to stay, but I’m sorry, I can’t. ”Coppola unintentionally convinced her to stop apologizing. We had four girls under the age of 18 in that group, and she felt so cold about it. She was just saying, “It’s okay, we lose girls in an hour. That’s fine, we’ll do our best and work on it. It was one of the quietest groups I’ve ever had.”
Today, Rice is neither completely unknown nor world famous, but rather somewhere in between. She says she still treads gently. “When I went to school, the entire industrial aspect of my life wasn’t real,” she recalls. “Everything that happens on the Internet, these articles or photographs, is actually not real and does not really affect my identity, or at least I don’t want it to affect my identity. However, there is a strange element in being recognized, and a feeling like: “Oh, I didn’t realize maybe someone was watching me the whole time.”
Sometimes, she adds, she finds herself briefly feeling the need to “be drawn to a different version of myself.” She remembers being “silly and funny” at a friend’s party a few years ago, when someone approached her and asked for a photo. She says, “Suddenly I felt, ‘Oh my God, I’ve been doing stupid things with my friends for the past half hour.’ What if they saw that? What do they think of me? “
She teems in memory, but makes it clear that even if her career continues to skyrocket, she never wants to take that kind of attention for granted. “If I get to a point I expect, then I’m in big trouble,” she says. “If I expected people to know who I am, I would be extremely anxious for me.”
For now, she’s still sticking to Melbourne, auditioning on tape from her agent’s office, and chasing roles that inspire her. You’re supposed to be more careful with kitchen gadgets.
Mare of Easttown airs Monday at 9 pm on Sky Atlantic