‘Teenage Bounty Hunters’ is taking Netflix by storm. HL spoke with Anjelica Bette Fellini about all issues Blair and Sterling, that epic finale twist, a possible season 2, and extra.
Everybody needs twin-vision after watching Netflix’s latest collection Teenage Bounty Hunters. Anjelica Bette Fellini and Maddie Phillips star as twins Blair and Sterling, who discover themselves looking down dangerous guys whereas additionally balancing the highs and lows of highschool. MeSlop talked EXCLUSIVELY with Anjelica concerning the first season of the present, which is streaming now.
Anjelica was simply as shocked as the remainder of us when she realized that jaw-dropping finale twist, which can change all the things for Blair and Sterling. She additionally revealed that she thinks Blair is able to “deal with herself” after her breakup with Miles and why the dual twist will have an effect on each ladies’ “emotional progress.” Learn our Q&A beneath.
What stood out concerning the function of Blair in Teenage Bounty Hunters?
Anjelica Bette Fellini: To begin with, Jenji Kohan. That was an enormous factor for me. I used to be just a little floored after I obtained the audition. Second of all, Blair’s character breakdown stated that she was her personal sexual lab rat, and I simply keep in mind sitting in a restaurant with my good friend and was like, “Oh, this half was written for me.”
Would you say that you’re a lot like Blair?
Anjelica Bette Fellini: It ebbs and flows. I feel each character comes from a bit of your self. Certainly one of my favourite quotes from Meryl Streep is how she talks about how she embodied her character in The Bridges of Madison County nearly the identical or like a 12 months later after she did her function in Sophie’s Selection. They requested her how she portrayed these two ladies who have been so polar opposites and the completely different accents — a Polish accent after which an Italian accent — she stated, “Properly, they’re a part of me. I nearly can’t take the character out of me. They’re part of me.” I feel that after I learn the character breakdown for Blair, as amusing as that breakdown was and as a lot as I might see a little bit of myself in Blair, I might additionally see the variations. She’s extraordinarily excessive power, which I will be at occasions, however I can be very quiet and arranged. I feel generally she’s just a little little bit of like exploding confetti, nevertheless it was such a pleasure to discover that a part of myself after I’m in a position to painting her.
Sterling and Blair’s relationship is on the coronary heart of this present. What was it like assembly Maddie Phillips for the primary time after which forming that twin bond with one another?
Anjelica Bette Fellini: It was truly unbelievable. We love to speak about it as a result of we related immediately without having to speak about something or actually know one another. We joke round about how within the chemistry learn the place we met, we fully blacked out as a result of we simply didn’t know what we have been doing, and we have been making decisions that have been completely different than we had ready. Particularly Maddie as a result of she had been doing chemistry reads all day. I used to be the final woman of the day, and we ended up stepping out and getting dinner collectively that evening. She was like, “You and I collectively ended up doing issues that I didn’t do all day.” We have been improv-ing within the room and simply making these outlandish decisions that it appeared like we have been a comedy duo that had been working towards improv comedy for years collectively. However we weren’t. We had actually simply met. So it got here very naturally to us.
The season finale ended with the huge twist that Blair and Sterling usually are not twins however cousins. What was your instant response to that?
Anjelica Bette Fellini: Kathleen Jordan, our showrunner, had teased us this thriller without end, and the one one who knew it was Virginia [Williams]. So we have been very anticipatory concerning the twist. After we obtained it, I feel I simply kind of sat with it. It was good. It’s phenomenal writing. When Maddie learn it, she texted me and stated, “Kathleen is a sick girl. Are we cousins?” That was humorous, and I feel we laughed and cried just a little bit. I feel it does kind of change the connection between the women. They suppose that they have been within the womb on the similar time, and it seems they weren’t.
Did you might have any inkling of what the twist could be beforehand? Is there something that led you within the path that they may not be sisters?
Anjelica Bette Fellini: No, I used to be at an entire loss. I had no concept.
How do you suppose that twist might influence their relationship in a possible season 2?
Anjelica Bette Fellini: It’s a unbelievable query, and I’m simply as desirous to know as you might be. I feel essentially the most fascinating factor concerning the twist to me as I portrayed Blair was that it made sense to me why the Wesleys have been just a little bit tougher on Sterling, so far as lecturers and wanting her to be the proper Christian woman and why they allowed Blair to have this lifetime of her personal. In episode 9, after we confront them about Dana being wished for arson, Blair says, “Lower the crap.” Mother and Dad say, “Blair, don’t sass me.” After which Sterling repeats what Blair says and goes, “Yeah, minimize the crap, Mother.” They usually go, “Oh, Sterling!” They maintain her to this not possible customary due to who her dad and mom are, so I feel that it’ll be very fascinating to see the place they take the non-public lives of the women simply realizing this info. As I portrayed Blair, part of how I portrayed the character was that her dad and mom appeared to provide extra consideration to Sterling, however now we’ve got the reply to why that was, so I positively suppose it’s going to have an effect on each of their emotional progress.
Blair considering that her dad and mom gave extra consideration to Sterling says rather a lot about sibling dynamics and perspective. It might appear to be Sterling would take this information the toughest, however I really feel like Blair would possibly actually take it actually onerous as effectively.
Anjelica Bette Fellini: I agree. Blair hates liars, which is why what occurred with Miles is so detrimental to her. She needs the reality, the entire reality, and nothing however the reality. I do suppose it will likely be fascinating to see the way it impacts her emotional well-being.
By the tip of the season, the place do you suppose Blair is at emotionally on the subject of love? Particularly after what occurred with Miles…
Anjelica Bette Fellini: I feel she’s able to deal with herself. I feel that she could be open to discovering one other love, however her relationship with Miles taught her which you could’t ask any person to be one thing that they’re not. I feel that each Blair and Miles take turns with that within the relationship, that concept of discovering any person that you simply love and having them not likely match completely however simply actually desirous to make it match and smushing that sq. peg in a spherical gap as a lot as you possibly can. I feel that they do have some compatibility and a whole lot of love between them, however I feel ultimately, it will likely be higher for her to determine what it’s she needs from a accomplice, slightly than any person who just isn’t precisely what she wants.
Is there something you’ll need to discover with Blair in a possible second season?
Anjelica Bette Fellini: I’m open to no matter they need to give me and her. I’m open to go down any path. I feel it’ll be essentially the most thrilling to see how this adjustments the women’ relationship and the way it takes them by life.
You even have The French Dispatch developing. What was it like becoming a member of the Wes Anderson universe?
Anjelica Bette Fellini: It was unbelievable. To start out it off, the audition course of was wonderful. He kind of picked my video out of a really lengthy listing of individuals. On the finish of the audition course of, I used to be like, it doesn’t matter what occurs, that is unimaginable as a result of I used to be seen. Once I obtained it, I feel part of me simply dropped useless. It was past the stratosphere of what I used to be even in a position to dream of after I was dreaming of turning into an actor. After which to get to the logistics of it, I traveled internationally for the primary time. I had by no means been worldwide earlier than. I went to France to movie this film and, after which I used to be in a position to meet these legendary actors — Tilda Swinton, Elisabeth Moss, Invoice Murray, Jeffrey Wright. I used to be simply in a room crammed with people who I didn’t really feel like I belonged there, however they accepted me with open arms. Even Wes’ crew could be very long-standing with him, and I used to be in a position to meet these individuals who had labored with Anjelica Huston, and I used to be asking them to regale me with tales of working along with her as a result of she’s one in every of my favourite actresses, and I simply occur to share her identify. It was simply actually an honor. Wes couldn’t have been extra welcoming and wonderful to work with. It was actually a dream come true. I can’t consider every other phrases however a dream come true.