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‘The Flight Attendant’ Stars Kaley Cuoco and Zosia Mamet on Upping the Ante of Season 2: “Every part About It Was Tenfold”

‘The Flight Attendant’ Stars Kaley Cuoco and Zosia Mamet on Upping the Ante of Season 2: “Every part About It Was Tenfold”

Season two of HBO Max’s The Flight Attendant is grander, deeper and extra actual, stars Kaley Cuoco and Zosia Mamet inform THR, sitting aspect by aspect on a sofa in Cuoco’s house, the place they’ve been dwelling collectively throughout manufacturing of the second season. The 2 real-life associates play greatest associates on the present, which in its second go-round follows flight attendant Cassie Bowden as she turns into an asset for the CIA however quickly realizes {that a} lady pretending to be her is inflicting havoc across the globe.

Cuoco and Mamet discuss to THR about how the present blended with actual lives (together with Cuoco submitting for divorce from equestrian Karl Cook dinner across the similar time season two was beginning to movie), their appearing processes and the way it deepened their friendship.

How did season two really feel completely different to you each?

KALEY CUOCO After season one was profitable and massive in its personal proper, we needed to go greater this yr [in terms of] what the storylines had been and we added extra forged, and simply every little thing about it was tenfold. Visually, the stakes had been increased. I simply really feel like throughout, the complete season was a lot greater than season one.

ZOSIA MAMET I feel it additionally was actually balanced in that it wasn’t similar to the stakes obtained greater and the journey obtained greater and the espionage and the blowing issues up, but in addition it obtained greater and deeper when it comes to how a lot we cracked open every one of many characters individually. Kaley’s character is coping with some very intense interior turmoil, however actually, everybody goes via their very own factor.

Your characters are extra weak this season. How did you get your self into that mindset?

CUOCO I don’t actually have a course of — that’s type of my course of — however this season was bizarre as a result of I used to be coping with loads of stuff emotionally and so it was all-encompassing. I felt like I used to be all one individual, whether or not Cassie was upset or Kaley, it was all changing into the identical factor. What was happening in my life, it was an accident that it was throughout the identical time. This was not like a set-up factor. It labored for what I wanted to do, however that’s to not say that it wasn’t a nightmare whereas I used to be doing it. I wouldn’t counsel doing it that method.

MAMET I can attest to the truth that it made for some exceptionally tough days. It was a meta expertise.

CUOCO Yeah, and I’m so not that individual, however it turned that for positive. It was unintentional. So not my course of. Nobody would ever say that about me.

MAMET I feel one of many causes Kaley and I work so properly collectively is that each our processes are type of a non-process, like we present up on time, know our strains …

CUOCO I feel we’re extra involved about what we’re having for dinner.

MAMET Yeah, like what are the snacks? Is there espresso with oat milk close by? However yeah, I feel we’re each gamers. We simply present up and we go, and we each are so all the way down to play. Clearly we had been on a set the place we had the house to do this, however no, I don’t actually have a course of.

Was there a particular scene that was tougher?

MAMET It genuinely did really feel like we needed to squeeze the lemon very onerous this yr to get the juice. It was a weird season the place circumstantially, everybody gave the impression to be going via stuff. It was actually formidable. The times had been lengthy. They had been onerous. I don’t suppose there’s any someday specifically that I can level to and be like, that day. It was a tricky shoot, for positive.

CUOCO It was positively a tricky shoot. The saddest second for me taking pictures was positively my breakup with Marco [played by Santiago Cabrera]. It felt method too actual. It was simply an excessive amount of too quickly. I used to be having a full-blown meltdown. It was not fulfilling in any respect. Everybody’s all the time like, “Oh my God, that efficiency is so good!” I’m like, was it? As a result of I feel I used to be simply being myself! It was remedy.

MAMET I’ll say, although, from an outsider perspective, I hear that, but in addition I can attest to the truth that Kaley was going via an exceptionally onerous time personally, and also you allowed that to exist onscreen, however to have the ability to even present up for work and know your strains and do your job in a good looking method, is a problem in and of itself.

CUOCO Thanks. The season begins out just a little pink cloud-ish, however it will get fairly darkish fairly rapidly. That’s why I used to be preventing for therefore many comedic moments in the beginning as a result of I knew how darkish it was going to get and I used to be attempting to remind all people that that is nonetheless a comedy. It’s onerous to recollect, proper? However I do suppose that we discovered these moments early within the season and it paid off.

Equally, what was your most enjoyable scene to shoot?

CUOCO The scene when I’ve to put in writing [Zosia] the notice. We had been simply in a temper. We had been on one other stage, like we couldn’t cease [laughing].

MAMET In between takes, we had been mendacity on the mattress within the visitor room within the bungalow set. I don’t even bear in mind about what, [but] actually everybody on set in all probability needed to homicide us. We had been like two 12-year-old ladies, shedding our minds, crying so onerous. Kaley was simply writing silly stuff —

CUOCO — and I made her learn them on digital camera. I saved writing, “Expensive Annie, I hate Max. See you quickly.”

MAMET Or “Expensive Annie, goodbye ceaselessly. I’ve all the time hated you. Not love, Cassie.”

How do you decompress after a darkish scene?

CUOCO Zosia and I lived collectively the previous couple of months of taking pictures, and we went to work collectively typically. We had been one another’s decompression, for positive. We helped one another out tremendously, [Zosia] in all probability serving to me out extra so than something, however it was simply actually cool. I’ve by no means had that have earlier than. I’ve by no means lived with [a female friend before] after which gone to work with them. We simply had such an all-encompassing friendship throughout this entire expertise, which is so uncommon.

MAMET Neither of us went to school and we by no means had roommates. We went straight from dwelling alone to dwelling with companions. Our castmates used to joke that we had been mainly dwelling in a fraternity. We had been sharing a trailer and other people had been like, “OK, we get it. You’re keen on one another.” Our friendship blossomed in an excellent deeper method than it already had, and I actually suppose simply having one another, it sounds tacky and cliché, however we simply snigger a lot.

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From left: Deniz Akdeniz, Cuoco and Mamet in HBO Max’s The Flight Attendant.

Kaley, your character typically goes to her “thoughts palace,” the place she is confronted with variations of herself to cope with her points. This season, there are extra Cassies than final season. Speak to me in regards to the logistics of that.

CUOCO It was a really new course of for me. I had loads of physique and appearing doubles. I couldn’t have accomplished it with out the entire group. It was so humorous, there have been so many Cassies strolling round, you actually didn’t know who was who. Positively a course of I don’t wish to do once more. As an actor, I’m very within the second and I wish to play, and this course of with movement seize is the alternative of that. There’s no taking part in, you must decide to what you’re doing. You need to mimic your subsequent self after which my double is having to repeat what I do and so I should be very cautious about what I do and it’s very difficult, very particular, not the way in which I wish to work … I’d be taking a look at my physique double proper within the eye after which I’d return and watch playback, and if I’m off by a centimeter, it actually seems to be like I’m trying on the ceiling. It didn’t make any sense to me. I’m like, “Why does it not appear to be I’m taking a look at her?” It was a giant crew effort for positive. However yeah, not going to do this once more. At the least I understand how to do it now!

The place was your favourite place that you simply traveled to this season?

CUOCO Zosia will get very unhappy about this. She goes, “If we do a 3rd season, are you able to please have Annie journey with you?”

MAMET I’ve an actual chip on my shoulder. After they had been going to Iceland, I used to be like, “Can I play a non-credited sheep? I’ll do it for a day fee. Please!”

CUOCO Iceland was unbelievable. That was one of many coolest experiences I’ve ever had as a human. I used to be so fearful in regards to the journey — it was the peak of COVID and was up to now. It was throughout December and we had been like, “Are we insane? Who selected this?” It ended up being unbelievable — one, as a result of I’m such a Christmas elf, so is Zosia, and it looks like Christmas threw up in Iceland throughout December. Santa and Christmas music and Christmas shops and it’s very magical, to say the least.

MAMET I’d get voice notes and movies and images daily. And I used to be like, “Cool. That is nice. When are we planning our return journey?”

Interview edited for size and readability.

This story first appeared in a June stand-alone problem of The Hollywood Reporter journal. To obtain the journal, click here to subscribe.

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