2022 Feb 18

Emma for Flaunt Magazine

Emma for Flaunt Magazine

Emma Mackey | A Pattern Explosion

FLAUNT – As you read these words, either written on this page or illuminating off an LED screen, somewhere, someone on planet Earth is dumping a fresh puzzle onto the floor. A thousand mismatched pieces waiting to be meticulously placed back together. They daunt the hopeful assembler. Each piece is beautiful. Each piece is intricate. Each piece tells its own story, but the entirety of the story is not unraveled until each is properly placed. French-British actor Emma Mackey is one of these puzzle pieces.

Alas, if a puzzle piece is recklessly placed in the wrong spot, crammed in dismissively, or completely left out, the final picture does not reveal itself. A single performance in a film or television show can be astonishing, but if the other performances fall through, the final product does not hold up. And so, a director is a puzzle maker, placing everything where it needs to be.

But what happens when a puzzle piece rebels? “I hate being patronized. I hate it,” Mackey tells me with passion behind her voice. “More and more, I struggle with authority and being told what to do, which is hilarious because most of my job is being told what to do and doing things for other people and being a vehicle for other people’s ideas.”
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