Ones to Watch: Phoebe Dynevor

With the awards season in full swing, the year 2020 promises to be a luminous period for television and cinema.

The five starlets we’ve met will enlighten your screens with their gripping performances in the best television dramas and movies to come. They’ll be sharing their creative superpowers — undeniable talent, infectious charisma, exquisite storytelling skills whilst inspiring youngsters to carve their own paths.

1883 Magazine presents Ones To Watch in film and invites you to meet actors Aimee Lou Wood, Tosin Cole, Phoebe Dynevor, Alexa Davies and Jack McMullen.

Acting must be a part of your DNA, as your father Tim is a writer and your mother Sally is an actress. Did they encourage you to follow in their footsteps which led to a path in the creative industries?

I think at first they were apprehensive about my desire to act as they’re both aware of how tough this industry is. I started acting professionally at the age of fourteen so I was quite young and naive to it all at first. But once they knew how serious I was and how much I enjoyed it, they were very supportive.

As a professional, are you sensitive to other people’s performances on screen? What is your favourite movie or television series finale that once again proved to appreciate the artistic industry that you’re a part of?

I’ve always been mesmerised by other actors, and if I like a performance I’ll watch it over and over again to understand their process. I’m equally intrigued by performances I don’t believe, so I watch as much as I can. I love anything that explores the human psyche. Gena Rowlands’ performance in A Woman Under the Influence has always stuck with me.

What is Phoebe Dynevor’s trick to learn her lines?

There is no trick to line learning. I wish I could be the person that reads them once and they’re in my head, but I’m not. I’ve found the best way is to go over them right before I go to sleep and then they seem to stick.

One of the most awaited Netflix releases this year is the TV series Bridgerton, based on Julia Quinn’s novels and adapted by Shonda Rhimes. Tell us more about your character, Daphne Bridgerton.

Bridgerton is set in Regency-era England and Daphne is a young debutante about to make her debut on the marriage mart. This season follows her evolution through this time. It’s romantic, funny, dramatic, pretty epic and just a joy to be a part of.

What was the most liberating experience you’ve ever had on set?

I find acting in itself hugely liberating but for me, the joy is unearthing a character. When you get to do a scene that’s exposing and vulnerable, there’s a release in that. I’ve had a lot of those moments on Bridgerton.

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