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‘The Flight Attendant’ Stars Kaley Cuoco and Zosia Mamet on Upping the Ante of Season 2: “All the pieces 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 facet by facet on a sofa in Cuoco’s house, the place they’ve been residing collectively throughout manufacturing of the second season. The 2 real-life pals play finest pals 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} girl 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 Prepare 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 large in its personal proper, we wished to go larger this 12 months [in terms of] what the storylines have been and we added extra forged, and simply every thing about it was tenfold. Visually, the stakes have been larger. I simply really feel like throughout, all the season was a lot larger than season one.

ZOSIA MAMET I feel it additionally was actually balanced in that it wasn’t identical to the stakes obtained larger and the journey obtained larger and the espionage and the blowing issues up, but additionally it obtained larger 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 inside turmoil, however actually, everybody goes by their very own factor.

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

CUOCO I don’t actually have a course of — that’s form of my course of — however this season was bizarre as a result of I used to be coping with a whole lot 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 occurring 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 approach.

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

CUOCO Yeah, and I’m so not that individual, but it surely grew to become that for certain. It was unintended. So not my course of. Nobody would ever say that about me.

MAMET I feel one of many causes Kaley and I work so effectively collectively is that each our processes are form 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 right down to play. Clearly we have been on a set the place we had the area to do this, however no, I don’t actually have a course of.

Was there a particular scene that was more difficult?

MAMET It genuinely did really feel like we needed to squeeze the lemon very exhausting this 12 months to get the juice. It was a weird season the place circumstantially, everybody gave the impression to be going by stuff. It was actually bold. The times have been lengthy. They have been exhausting. I don’t assume there’s any in the future particularly that I can level to and be like, that day. It was a tricky shoot, for certain.

CUOCO It was undoubtedly a tricky shoot. The saddest second for me taking pictures was undoubtedly my breakup with Marco [played by Santiago Cabrera]. It felt approach too actual. It was simply an excessive amount of too quickly. I used to be having a full-blown meltdown. It was not pleasing in any respect. Everybody’s at all times 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 additionally I can attest to the truth that Kaley was going by an exceptionally exhausting 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 lovely approach, is a problem in and of itself.

CUOCO Thanks. The season begins out slightly pink cloud-ish, but it surely will get fairly darkish fairly rapidly. That’s why I used to be combating for thus many comedic moments firstly as a result of I knew how darkish it was going to get and I used to be making an attempt to remind all people that that is nonetheless a comedy. It’s exhausting to recollect, proper? However I do assume 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 jot down [Zosia] the notice. We have been simply in a temper. We have been on one other degree, like we couldn’t cease [laughing].

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

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

MAMET Or “Pricey Annie, goodbye without end. I’ve at all times hated you. Not love, Cassie.”

How do you decompress after a darkish scene?

CUOCO Zosia and I lived collectively the previous few months of taking pictures, and we went to work collectively typically. We have been one another’s decompression, for certain. We helped one another out tremendously, [Zosia] in all probability serving to me out extra so than something, but it surely 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 complete expertise, which is so uncommon.

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

The Flight Attendant

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


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

CUOCO It was a really new course of for me. I had a whole lot of physique and appearing doubles. I couldn’t have achieved 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. Undoubtedly 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 other of that. There’s no taking part in, you must decide to what you’re doing. You must mimic your subsequent self after which my double is having to repeat what I do and so I must be very cautious about what I do and it’s very difficult, very particular, not the best way 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 like I’m trying on the ceiling. It didn’t make any sense to me. I’m like, “Why does it not seem like I’m taking a look at her?” It was a giant staff effort for certain. However yeah, not going to do this once more. At the very 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 have been going to Iceland, I used to be like, “Can I play a non-credited sheep? I’ll do it for a day price. Please!”

CUOCO Iceland was unbelievable. That was one of many coolest experiences I’ve ever had as a human. I used to be so frightened concerning the journey — it was the peak of COVID and was up to now. It was throughout December and we have 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 might get voice notes and movies and photographs each day. 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 concern of The Hollywood Reporter journal. To obtain the journal, click on right here to subscribe.


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



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