Magazine article Variety

Jeremy Strong: 'This Felt like Every-Man-For- Himself Social Darwinism'

Magazine article Variety

Jeremy Strong: 'This Felt like Every-Man-For- Himself Social Darwinism'

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What was the transition from stage to television like? Most of my heroes started out in theater, so I was always doing plays. The transition into film took longer than I wanted, but I am grateful for the years of hardship that I went through because they allowed me to connect with characters, in terms of adversity in a way that I wouldn't have otherwise.

How are you similar to Kendall Roy? I relate to the desire to gain the love and respect of certain people, and that can lead you astray from your own nature. While we were filming this show, you couldn't look at the news without reading something about the Murdochs, Disney Les Moonves. While this show is not based on any actual family, those dynastic struggles are all around. It's rich material.

What went into Kendall's violent breakdown scene in the pilot? That's a great example of the process of this show, which is to have no plan at all and discover the scene while you're doing it. We did one take, and I followed the line of intuition. I ended up cleaning the things on the floor, which I hadn't planned in advance. …

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