THINGS I NOW KNOW FROM WORKING ON THE KNICK
I put off posting my first List for a long time, but since The Knick comes out in a week and shooting it was also one of the cooler experiences of my petite adult life, I figured I should grow some web-balls and FUCKING LIST MY HEART OUT. Thank you @maya, for prompting the first (of hopefully many). Here's what I now know from working on THE KNICK:
- •Sometimes good things happen.Honestly, I had been a mega fangirl of the show since before I auditioned, and never dreamt I'd get cast. If you don't believe me: when I got news I was cast, I was in the NYU library watching a Google Hangout interview with creators of the show. Mega means mega. Previous to The Knick, I had very little professional experience. I had never read for a recurring character, or a project I cared about this much. I kept telling myself it wouldn't happen, in the giddy hope it would.
- •Maya.I now know @maya. I know no one like her, and never thought I'd meet someone like her. I was fairly scared going into this experience, and immediately, she treated me like a sister and friend. She radiates warmth and beauty, she stuns me with her brilliance, and cares deeply for others. Looking back on the memory, I am constantly reminded of how lucky I am to know her.
- •And Eric.And I also now know Eric. Ugh. I wish they had given me a nicer, smarter, funnier, better-looking, BLONDER dude to have a screen crush on. But somehow I managed.
- •I have a bigass ribcage.This was pointed out to me in my first fitting for The Knick, when the bottom of the corset was so loose and the top was so tight I thought I was going to pass out. That ended up being the corset I wore when shooting. I also now know that I'm QUITE decent at pretending to breathe when I really am holding on for DEAR LYFE
- •I also have lady sideburns!This WASN'T pointed out to me. I learned this when John took a MINIATURE CURLING IRON to the bit of hair right next to my ear, artfully curling the sideburns I never knew I had into petite ringlets. TBH they were really cute.
- •1900s apparel = equivalent of full body padding.At one point I had a thought that a scene should end on the floor, and nobody stopped me, so I got to fall several times without getting bruised. GRATEFUL FOR DAT 20TH CENTURY MODESTY
- •What it's like to work with SS.Can you feel totally chill and totally ecstatic at once?
- •Singani fucks you up.I am a lightweight as it is, and had NO idea what was in store for me when I joined the cast this season. I had never heard of Singani before this experience. I still don't really know what it is. All I know is it fucks you up and makes pretty much everyone end up dancing like strippers.
- •The cast of THE KNICK turn it out in the dance floor.Intimidation much???
- •Rehearsal rules.After meeting Maya and Eric initially, we ended up rehearsing quite a bit, as I was also warned that there would be pretty much no rehearsal when we got to set. Many mornings and afternoons were spent at Maya's kitchen table, discussing all the murder, incest, false teeth, and overall dysfunction that make up the Gallinger family unit. One day, John Hodgman (aka Dr. Cotton) even invited us to his home for a rehearsal. I am happy to report no teeth were pulled in the process.
- •False mustaches are really good disguises.I didn't recognize Todd Barry until after we'd wrapped and it was too late. DAMN IT ANNIE
- •Wrapping was very difficult for me.I shot my last day the same week as my graduation. I was simultaneously so grateful for having completed work on my first TV show and my undergraduate degree, and so immediately mournful of both experiences. As probably made evident from this list, THE KNICK was one of the best experiences I've ever had - because of the material and the role, but perhaps most of all due to the people involved. It was very hard to let go of.
- •Shooting in New York is kind of magical.I now know this because: when I've been in or near Cobble Hill since wrapping, I'll walk by the Gallinger house. It's nice to know that THAT HOUSE will (hopefully) stay standing there on that corner for my entire lifetime, and that I can revisit it whenever I want to be reminded of this experience. For me, the memory is preserved forever in that space, that space captures the intangible feeling of excitement I had, and I think there's magic in that.