When derry girls arrived on Netflix in 2018, American viewers were introduced to a “troubled little corner in the northwest of Ireland called Derry, or Londonderry, depending on your persuasion,” the opening lines of the show told us.
The subtext of the Lisa McGee show was immediately clear (this was during the Troubles, after all), but what would soon become even clearer is that the series wasn’t so much about the political unrest in Northern Ireland in the 1990s. 1990, but about existing people. at the forefront of everything; in particular, five lovable teenage girls, always in trouble, more concerned with getting along with boys, being distraught, and leaning on each other when the going gets tough, as they inevitably do with teenage girls (and one little English boy).
With the third and final season of derry girls now on Netflix (launched October 7), it’s time to say goodbye to the gang, including their fearless leader, Erin Quinn, played by Derry native Saoirse-Monica Jackson. she talked to news week about life after Girls.
news week: I meet you in Romania?
Jackson: I was in Romania last week doing a job. I don’t think I can talk about it. I had a great time. What a beautiful country. The people were lovely, so beautiful. It is never a place I would have thought to go before unless work brought it to me, and I loved it.
news week: OK, I admit I got a VPN a few months ago when derry girls it was released in the UK because I was like, I’m not expecting it, but now I’ve been watching it again. How has the emotional roller coaster been? You finished filming, then it aired in the UK and now it’s airing again.
Jackson: It never felt like it was completely over because we were anticipating it coming out in the US… So it was really hard to like it, to get perspective on something that you hadn’t looked back on yet. So it’s very now, like the last goodbye… So I don’t think I’ve said goodbye properly until now. It’s really good to have seen it all, people are having a response. I’ve seen the show; when it first came out in the UK I hadn’t seen it all yet, especially the season finale, so it was really hard to get perspective on something you hadn’t looked back on yet.
news week: Are you and the cast (Nicola Coughlan, Louisa Harland, Jamie-Lee O’Donnell and Dylan Llewlyn) as close as I and all the fans dream you are? How do you say goodbye to something like that?
Jackson: It’s a very strange situation, I think because it was a huge change for all of us in our lives. And it felt like such a special moment. And I’m so glad I had other people go through it with me at the same time. And we all care a lot about the show. So I think, when you’re into something like derry girls that means a lot to people and you are recognized by this character and this little gang, it keeps you together forever, doesn’t it?
news week: You’re so synonymous with Erin now as an actor in terms of your craft, how’s that? Is it hard to go out and take on new roles now or is it kind of like what an actor does?
Jackson: I think so, that’s what we do. And I think what’s amazing about Erin is that she’s a pretty complex character, you know, for everything that she stands for, for being such a lofty comedy show, she’s still pretty complex in her point of view. Things aren’t black and white for Erin… I think it’s more walking away from something and realizing she’s not coming back, personally it’s hard. When the show first came out, it was always something you worried about. I was so consumed with success and I couldn’t believe how the show had turned out and I was so worried about messing up my chance to mess up this big opportunity and I just wanted to do the best job I could so I think you’re going head over heels with all those pressures. Now that it’s over, I love what I do and there are so many things I want to do with my career. I am the biggest fan in our industry. I probably spend too much time watching TV at home. You start thinking that you know a lot of things and then you find out that you don’t know anything about it, and I think that just fuels your curiosity. It really feels like I’m at the beginning of something, and now it’s time for me to [create] the kind of career I want for myself, and what derry girls has done is lift the lid on the abundance of work that comes with being an actor.
news week: I’ve learned so much about the riots and so much about Northern Ireland and complex politics that I, growing up American at the time Erin grew up, really didn’t know anything about it.
Jackson: It’s not just the audience. I can’t speak for the rest of the girls, but that’s certainly the case for me. I think I have learned much more. I think I’ve formed a broader perspective on the political situation at home, and it’s rare that the world is learning about the history of your hometown at the same time you’re trying to move on. derry girls It gave me, in the same way as with Erin, a mature sense of wanting to move on and be grateful… peace is so fragile… It also blew me away.
news week: I want to talk about your next projects. I have a feeling you won’t be able to tell me much about The flash.
Jackson: I am very excited. The comic, volume two, has just been released. So I am very excited. I just saw that last night. And it was just a brilliant experience. I don’t think I’m allowed to talk about the character I’m playing yet, which is really… annoying. For me, it’s been an amazing experience and, you know, it’s the first time I’ve done work where there’s already a world where you can go on and investigate and build and make your own important creative decisions. . I’ve never had that experience creatively before. That was incredible. You know, just being a little nerd on my own and trying to get together to go to work. It was a very, very lovely process to get the end result and I had a great time at work and you know, it was amazing to go under that kind of level of production and Andy [Muschietti] Honestly, the director was one of the nicest people I think I’ve ever met in my life and I got on really well with him. Who knew that Argentina and Derry had so much in common? That’s what I love about my job; the people I work with. The older I get, the more I realize that you can read as many books as you want, watch as many movies, or take as many acting classes, but nothing will make you better than the people you work with. with. That is why you should work as hard as you can.
news week: Has outside noise around Ezra Miller affected your experience of the project?
Jackson: All I can honestly say is that I had a great time at work and we had fantastic scenes together, and they’re a phenomenal actor and we worked really well together. I quit my job now, you know, so I’m just waiting for the world to see it, so I don’t think it affected me at all.
news week: What about your other projects? coffee wars is another one on his IMDb credits.
Jackson: Carl, I don’t know. I haven’t heard it’s coming out. Is she really dating?
news week: Wait, is that the one you actually shot?
Jackson: I shot it a few years ago with Kate Nash and Sally Phillips, and it has such an amazing cast, but it was such a long time ago. It’s like one of those moments where you wonder what’s going on. I mean, if you’re telling me he’s going out, have a nice day.
news week: Well, now I need to verify it.
Jackson: Everyone else has asked me, so maybe I’ll get out! I have another pair of [projects] but of course I can’t talk about that. and next year [there’s one that’s] very, very exciting for me. I’m at a point in my career. It is the first time that I look forward to next year and there are jobs that will vary from each other. And that really excites me and I feel like I’m beginning to understand. I mean, I don’t think you can predict the future, but I’m starting to see the direction things are going, hopefully I mean. And it’s annoying, very annoying that, I can’t tell you. But, um, I think I’m in a great place right now and I’m really looking forward to next year.