With a steady stream of contrasting movie roles in the past couple of years, a family history that consists of stars, and a dynamic role in The Politician—Ryan Murphy’s First Netflix Show alongside Gwyneth Paltrow and Ben Platt—actress-producer Zoey Deutch has Hollywood running through her veins.
Tell us more about your character, Infinity, in The Politician.
“My character, Infinity, is a victim of her environment. She has been lied to her whole life—she has believed what she needed to believe in order to survive. I’d say her will to live is her greatest strength, and that is also my favourite part about her.”
How do you mentally, emotionally and physically prepare for a role?
I have been lucky to meet mentors and teachers along the way that really help me get to a place where I feel confident and secure in understanding the character and story. I have an amazing movement teacher named Jean Louise who introduced me to animal work and the Alexander Technique which have both been super helpful for me. Acting is a collaborative art, and I like collaborating on creating the character from the very beginning.
What do you do to relax?
I like to eat. Is that a hobby? I consider it a hobby! I like to do yoga, draw, and read. And maybe knit? My sister is giving me riding lessons lately. I’m doing a little bit of tennis. I’d like to be better at finding hobbies, to keep on trying stuff when I fail.
When choosing your roles, do you look at the part with a team? Or is it more instinctive?
I have auditioned for every part I’ve played, so it’s not necessarily about “choosing my roles”. I still oftentimes have to throw it all against the wall and see what sticks. But there’s something really beautiful in that. The result is what it’s supposed to be. What sticks is what was supposed to stick, instead of trying to manipulate and create my own destiny. It’s going to be what it’s going to be, and I have very little say in that.
Is there anyone who gave you a lasting piece of advice on acting?
Lasting piece of advice on acting? I was told by many people in different ways to keep learning and challenging yourself. To not wait to get a part where you have an Australian accent, to just learn an Australian accent. Learn the Australian accent when you have time off. Go try archery. Read a new book. Learn, grow, move, change. Don’t wait to be asked to do it. Just do it! It all helps and affects the work. Very often, more opportunity comes when a person is ready to be lucky, I think. Prepare to be ready to be lucky.
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