Queue: What inspired you to pursue a career in acting?
Phoebe Dynevor: I would visit my mom on set a lot when I was younger, and I think the first thing I noticed was that family dynamic — all these people that are so brilliant at what they do, all coming together and creating something. That was so exciting to me. And then I played Antigone in a school play when I was 16. That feeling of being onstage and that rush and the thrill of finding out about who a person is . . . There are so many aspects of acting that you fall in love with, and then before you know it you’re in and you can’t get out.
How did you prepare to tackle this role?
PD: I wanted to get a sense of who Daphne was underneath this façade. I think if Daphne was born today she’d be a very different person, but the fact that she was born in the context of Regency England and being a woman, she has to conform to those social expectations. There is that mask that she’s putting on. There’s a lot of anxiety that comes with having that much pressure put on you as a woman, or as a person. I wanted to be able to display that angst that’s bubbling beneath the surface.