Since Yellowjackets premiered in November 2021, audiences have change into obsessive about the Showtime collection’ successful mixture of ‘90s teen stars, cannibalism, and the traumas that come on the cusp of womanhood. The survival drama has change into probably the most buzzed-about collection on the web since Euphoria, with ravenous viewers chatting nonstop in regards to the thriller’s key questions: How did the women actually survive within the woods? Who is Adam? And is Jackie alive?
Christina Ricci, who performs the grownup model of the delightfully unhinged Misty Quigley—one of many survivors of the ‘90s aircraft crash—has emerged as a venerable scene-stealer. Ricci is on the heart of all of it: from her shut relationship to her pet chook Caligula to her antics with Nat (performed by Juliette Lewis)—whom she spies on utilizing a hidden digicam, then bursts into her motel room and snorts her cocaine—mixing desperation with sociopathy. “As an grownup, you get to see how years of frustration, being rejected, and never being part of the group has made her extra harmful as a result of she has accepted it’s by no means going to work out for her,” Ricci says of her function throughout a telephone name from her dwelling in Los Angeles.
For Ricci, who grew up as a baby actress within the ‘90s starring in cult-favorite movies like Now and Then, Casper, and The Addams Household, taking part in Misty in a present with different younger actresses who discovered fame throughout that point—like Juliette Lewis, for example—has culminated in a full-circle second. “We’ve been by means of an identical expertise at an identical time,” she tells me, whereas nursing her new child Cleo—whom she carried whereas filming the present. “We now have rather a lot to speak about, usually, once we work collectively.”
Forward of the season one finale, Ricci discusses her wishes for Misty’s future, her favourite Yellowjackets concept, and which ‘90s actress she hopes will seem on the present sometime.
What has it been prefer to star on a present that befell through the ‘90s, focuses on a bunch of ladies round your identical age, and options actors who, like your self, discovered fame throughout that point?
It’s humorous. I’m from New Jersey—I performed on the women soccer crew on the identical time this takes place; Tawny [Cypress] can be from New Jersey and was raised there round that point, so she and I discuss [it] on a regular basis. Like, “Did you ever see anybody gown like that New Jersey?” It’s hilarious to then see these fashionable, 20-year-olds residing in 2020 doing the bizarre dances we used to do within the ‘90s, and seeing them sing songs that by no means occurred to me they might know. However after all they might know “Kiss from a Rose.” I used to be like, “Oh my god. This so jogs my memory of being a teenage lady.”
Is there a sure track you’re dying to listen to on the present?
I’m ready to listen to some Fugazi, as a result of that was highly regarded within the mid 90s in New Jersey. [And] Midnight in New Jersey—I launched my son to “Ready Room” within the automotive the opposite day, and all I might assume was, “This must be on Yellowjackets.” And the Pixies. I imply, actually. The place are they?
The well-intentioned aspect of younger Misty who tries to, for instance, defend her pal by placing a hidden digicam in her motel room, is usually overshadowed by her sociopathic aspect. How do you see that affecting her in maturity?
One factor that the writers accomplish that effectively, particularly with my character, is that they present you her core want and want to slot in, have buddies, and be part of the group. However then they instantly present you why they’re not mistaken to shun her. Sure, she has the impulse to guard—however the way in which she does it’s revealing about who she is inside. There’s one thing mistaken together with her. She’s going to take no matter she needs, power, and manipulate. That in the end is what makes her so extremely untrustworthy.
Is there any room for redemption for Misty?
In some ways, that’s her sample: She redeems herself with individuals simply sufficient for them to maintain her round. Then [it’s only] a matter of time: she is going to do one thing once more that she must redeem herself from. It’s why all of them dislike her a lot. She is manipulative, and she or he is aware of learn how to be simply crucial sufficient for them to not fully eliminate her.
Have been there any particular actors or characters that impressed Misty?
After we first received up there to shoot the season, I used to be watching plenty of Mindhunter. There’s one serial killer, [Ed Kemper], who’s so terrifying as a result of he tries to be so regular, secure, and childlike. On the identical time, this character actually needs to be favored and wanted. [Mindhunter] was freed from all camp and was additionally scary, however in a totally non-obvious approach. One other reference was Kathy Bates from Distress, together with that Netflix documentary in regards to the [Rajneeshee] cult, Wild Wild Nation.
Some individuals have commented that Yellowjackets reminds them of Now and Then however is far darker. Did that come to thoughts once you joined the venture?
I hadn’t considered that, no. However that’s a humorous tackle it.
You’re not within the ‘90s scenes, however it’s fascinating to see how these unsettling interactions between teen Misty and Coach Ben inform Misty’s relationship life as an grownup.
The purpose of all that’s to point out she’s not in a position to genuinely join with anybody. She in all probability learn an article on “what’s attractive” or “what males like to speak about” and she or he’s on a date, doing these issues. That reveals how fully out of contact she is, and unable to attach. However I additionally assume she in all probability, at this level, is nearly relationship out of boredom. She doesn’t maintain any illusions as to what her romantic future is. When she goes out on that date, she’s form of messing with that man. I assumed it was enjoyable to play with the concept that she’s going to get him to sleep together with her solely as a result of she is aware of he actually doesn’t need to. As a result of that, for her, can be successful.
What’s probably the most out-there concept you’ve examine Yellowjackets?
I’ve learn some feedback on a pair articles; it’s enjoyable to see individuals discussing Laura Lee: “What occurred? Did the bear catch hearth, or did the airplane catch on hearth first? Was it a spirit, or was it actually aircraft engine failure?” It’s cool to be part of one thing that persons are so invested in.
Some individuals, together with myself, have been dreaming up which different ‘90s actresses they’d need to see on the present. Are there any that you just’d prefer to see be a part of the solid?
Gosh, that is the primary time I’m being requested this query. What are a few of your concepts?
If Laura Lee survived, Kirsten Dunst or Claire Danes ought to play her as an grownup. If Jackie is (miraculously) alive, then Rachael Leigh Cook dinner or Mena Suvari ought to play her. And if Van is alive, it must be Thora Birch.
These are all good guys. I used to be gonna say Kirsten Dunst, however I at all times really feel bizarre about calling out that persons are the identical age as me. However I really like Kirsten, she’s superb. It’d be nice to have her on the present.
You shot Yellowjackets whereas pregnant. What was that have like?
I’ve seen all the way in which to the tip [of the series] now—my husband and I have been watching, and he’s like, “Yup, totally pregnant there.” I knew it was coming, so once we did the character design for wardrobe, there have been plenty of layers; I used to be like, she ought to at all times have a jacket or sweatshirt, as a result of we’d return and decide up scenes from earlier episodes that we hadn’t shot. The jumpsuit was my thought—we might simply hold making them in bigger sizes and hopefully masks the being pregnant. However I additionally thought it was a very good thought for her to have a “homicide outfit.”
What are your hopes for Misty’s future on the present?
I hope she will get to do extra scheming, conniving, and plotting. Within the finale, she’s full-throttle motion. I need extra of [that].
And what are your hopes in your personal profession at this level in your life?
I wish to have a busy character actress profession. My favourite actress is Tilda Swinton, and I’d simply like to have a profession that’s as assorted and fascinating as hers. I additionally do need to direct, and I’ve been producing for some time, so I’ll hold that going. However taking part in Misty has been so enjoyable—I need to simply hold taking part in actually fascinating characters.