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May 2017
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Emily Browning is done with playing nice.

“’Nice’ is a word that I have such a problem with,” says the 28-year-old, over the phone from her home in L.A. “Girls are expected to be nice. And when I think of ‘nice’ I think of a bristled facade of politeness and not taking up too much space — I’m not a big fan of the word ‘nice.’

Looking at the Aussie actress, it’s not hard to see why she might be sought after for nice girl parts, given her delicate features and sweet demeanor. But she’s relishing the chance to play a woman who is “certainly not nice” on Starz’ “American Gods,” which premiered on April 30 and was recently renewed for a second season.

This week on the show’s fourth episode, Browning’s character Laura is properly introduced into the plot line as the wife of the main character Shadow Moon; the series is based on the wildly successful book series.

I’d never read a character like Laura before,” says Browning, a Melbourne native who has lived in L.A. for the past four years. “It was so unapologetic and flawed and really complicated. I loved her immediately.

She’s depressed essentially and she’s numb — I think she has issues with empathy, and lack thereof. She can’t really comprehend other people’s feelings,” Browning continues. “I just jumped at the chance to play a role like that. I feel like so often the characters that I read — a lot of female characters in general — are written as either these kind of virtuous upstanding girls who’ve gone through a difficult time and they’re very innocent or it’s the Madonna/whore complex. And I think roles for women are definitely getting better now and it’s certainly a lot better in TV. But you’d be surprised how many roles I read that are just, like, the wife who doesn’t do anything.

“American Gods” joins her roster of other fantasy projects, including “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” “Sucker Punch” and “Pompeii.”

It’s not that I dislike fantasy or have anything against it, it’s just that that is not naturally the genre that I gravitate toward,” she says. “I have a feeling that I’ve been cast in those kinds of films before because I don’t know what it is but people feel like I’m able to play the kind of character who is reacting to bizarre things around them. And what was exciting to me about Laura is that she is not the character reacting to the bizarre thing — she is one of the bizarre things. It’s a lot more fun to be one of the strange things.

Source: wwd.com

May 2017
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My muse is not a horse and I am in no horse race and if indeed she was, still I would not harness her to this tumbrel…” It is the end of a four-day press run in New York for the new Starz series American Gods and Emily Browning is reciting to her castmates, the show’s developers—Michael Green and Brian Fuller—and the story’s original creator, English author Neil Gaiman, the infamous rejection letter penned “to all those at MTV” by fellow Australian and rock music’s ‘Prince of Darkness’ Nick Cave. “It’s incredible—he was nominated for an MTV Award for Murder Ballads and he wrote MTV a letter saying, ‘Thanks but no thanks,’ and essentially that art is not a competition,” says Browning over coffee the following morning.

As Browning recalls it, her dinnertime recitation of Cave’s letter emerged from news that episodes of American Gods would be screened in front of a panel to determine whether the series might qualify for Emmy consideration. “I was telling them how scary that is to me and I ended up reading them the letter that Nick Cave wrote,” she explains.

In the hours before Browning journeys back to her adopted home of Los Angeles, the young star appears understated and authentic, her dry, self-deprecating humor ringing true to the country she called home for some twenty-plus years, the country where at just eight years old she got her start in the television movie The Echo of Thunder and where over the following five years, she would hold her own alongside Billy Connolly in the comedy The Man Who Sued God, Heath Ledger and Orlando Bloom in the retelling of the life of the infamous Australian bushranger Ned Kelly, and Julianna Marguiles in the Australian-filmed, American-released horror flick Ghost Ship. But her big break came in 2004 in the shape of A Series of Unfortunate Events, which saw Browning share screen time with Hollywood heavyweights Jim Carrey, Jude Law, Meryl Streep, and Connolly for the second time.
Yet despite her two decades in front of the camera racking up an impressive list of IMDB credits spanning myriad genres including everything from crime dramas (Legend, in which Browning plays Tom Hardy’s wife) to musicals (the British drama God Help the Girl, for which she took the lead), the young star speaks frankly and openly about the fears that go hand-in-hand with a burgeoning acting career.
There is the wavering skepticism surrounding award ceremonies—”If our show won awards that would be really exciting and wonderful, and yet I’ve always had a weird feeling about awards. I really don’t understand how every year there is one person from each category who is the best person at the art that they do”—but equally, if not more so, Browning’s uneasiness stems from a lingering and very real apprehension towards the ostensibly public nature of fame itself. “I have a feeling that if this show is big, it won’t be long before there are stories about me being an asshole because I wouldn’t take a photo with someone—but it is so often because it makes me panic and I don’t know how to respond,” she says. “I’m such a socially inept person in general that I’m like, How am I going to deal with it?” she concedes with a laugh.

Full article: thelast-magazine.com

May 2017
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Emily was only in the episode briefly this week, but I have added captures of her to the gallery.

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Apr 2017
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When your character gets killed off in the first episode, it’s usually not a great sign for an actor’s career. But Emily Browning, who plays the recently deceased Laura Moon in TV’s latest must-see series American Gods, couldn’t be more content.

Why? Well, for a start American Gods isn’t the kind of show to let a little thing like a fatal car crash get in the way of a good character arc, but it’s more personal than that. “I mean, obviously there’s the fact that I used to plan my own death when I was five,” the Australian actress tells me within 10 minutes of us meeting. “Sometimes my mind goes to a really unnecessary place.

Most telly connoisseurs would disagree with the unnecessary part at least. Early reviews for Amazon’s darkly delightful new series suggest it’s the kind of ambitious escapism we need now. Based on the multi-award-winning Americana fantasy novel by Sandman author Neil Gaiman, American Gods tells the story of a brewing war between Old World deities and New World obsessions such as technology, celebrity and media.

Trying to make sense of it all is Shadow Moon, an ex-con played by Ricky Whittle, of Hollyoaks fame — but don’t let that put you off, he’s great. Ian McShane is perfectly cast as a shady conman, Mr Wednesday — scholars of Old Norse mythology may notice some significance in that name — who hires Shadow Moon as his bodyguard.

Browning plays Shadow’s doomed and unfaithful wife. “Laura’s kind of awful. I mean, she’s not a nice person but who the f*** wants to be a nice person? ‘Nice’ is the worst possible word. Like, be a kind person.” She lets out a short laugh. “Laura’s not even a kind person.” We learn more about Laura’s character in flashbacks later in the series but the most salient fact is clear early on: “She dies, and that’s where it gets interesting.

Someone else who finds death interesting is Bryan Fuller, the American Gods showrunner and co-creator whose previous TV credits include Dead Like Me (about an 18-year-old grim reaper) and Pushing Daisies (about a pie-maker who can reanimate the dead).

Browning soon recognised a kindred spirit: “I don’t think it made me interested in the sense that I thought, ‘Oh, maybe I can work through some of my fears and issues’,” she clarifies. “It was probably more a sort of sick, perverse thing. I’m very drawn to doing things that aren’t necessarily good for me. I’m not a big drinker but I have this strange addiction to unhealthy thought processes. I think about dark things.

Browning’s Wednesday Addams tendencies won’t come as a surprise to anyone who has followed her career. She played the unfortunate orphan in question opposite Jim Carrey in the 2004 film version of A Series of Unfortunate Events, an asylum inmate called Baby Doll in the 2011 film Sucker Punch and, in the same year, a young woman who takes on an unusual form of sex work in disturbing art film Sleeping Beauty.

She may be most familiar, though, from the 2015 film Legend. Tom Hardy garnered the attention for his double performance as both Kray twins but it was Browning’s soulful turn as Reggie Kray’s tragic first wife Frances that made the most lasting impression.

Full article: standard.co.uk

Apr 2017
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Emily attended the ‘American Gods’ premiere on April 20, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Enjoy!


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