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 essentially 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 ladies 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 airplane 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 position throughout a telephone name from her residence in Los Angeles.
For Ricci, who grew up as a toddler actress within the ‘90s starring in cult-favorite movies like Now and Then, Casper, and The Addams Household, enjoying 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 way 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, after we work collectively.”
Forward of the season one finale, Ricci discusses her wishes for Misty’s future, her favourite Yellowjackets idea, and which ‘90s actress she hopes will seem on the present sometime.
What has it been wish to star on a present that happened throughout the ‘90s, focuses on a gaggle of women 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 ladies soccer group 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 speak about [it] on a regular basis. Like, “Did you ever see anybody costume like that New Jersey?” It’s hilarious to then see these trendy, 20-year-olds dwelling 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 in fact 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 very talked-about within the mid 90s in New Jersey. [And] Midnight in New Jersey—I launched my son to “Ready Room” within the automobile the opposite day, and all I might assume was, “This ought to be on Yellowjackets.” And the Pixies. I imply, truthfully. The place are they?
The well-intentioned facet of younger Misty who tries to, for instance, shield her buddy by placing a hidden digicam in her motel room, is commonly overshadowed by her sociopathic facet. How do you see that affecting her in maturity?
One factor that the writers achieve this 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 desires, power, and manipulate. That finally 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 folks 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 he or she is aware of how one can be simply obligatory sufficient for them to not fully eliminate her.
Had been there any particular actors or characters that impressed Misty?
Once we first bought up there to shoot the season, I used to be watching numerous 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 desires to be preferred and wanted. [Mindhunter] was freed from all camp and was additionally scary, however in a totally non-obvious method. One other reference was Kathy Bates from Distress, together with that Netflix documentary in regards to the [Rajneeshee] cult, Wild Wild Nation.
Some folks have commented that Yellowjackets reminds them of Now and Then however is way darker. Did that come to thoughts whenever you joined the challenge?
I hadn’t considered that, no. However that’s a humorous tackle it.
You’re not within the ‘90s scenes, however it’s attention-grabbing 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 indicate she’s not in a position to genuinely join with anybody. She most likely learn an article on “what’s horny” or “what males like to speak about” and he or she’s on a date, doing these issues. That exhibits how fully out of contact she is, and unable to attach. However I additionally assume she most likely, at this level, is sort of 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 type of messing with that man. I assumed it was enjoyable to play with the concept she’s going to get him to sleep together with her solely as a result of she is aware of he actually doesn’t wish to. As a result of that, for her, could be successful.
What’s essentially the most out-there idea you’ve examine Yellowjackets?
I’ve learn some feedback on a pair articles; it’s enjoyable to see folks 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 airplane engine failure?” It’s cool to be part of one thing that persons are so invested in.
Some folks, together with myself, have been dreaming up which different ‘90s actresses they’d wish to see on the present. Are there any that you simply’d wish to see be part of the forged?
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 Prepare dinner or Mena Suvari ought to play her. And if Van is alive, it ought to 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 had been watching, and he’s like, “Yup, absolutely pregnant there.” I knew it was coming, so after we did the character design for wardrobe, there have been numerous 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 choose up scenes from earlier episodes that we hadn’t shot. The jumpsuit was my concept—we might simply preserve making them in bigger sizes and hopefully masks the being pregnant. However I additionally thought it was a very good concept 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 want 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 diversified and attention-grabbing as hers. I additionally do wish to direct, and I’ve been producing for some time, so I’ll preserve that going. However enjoying Misty has been so enjoyable—I wish to simply preserve enjoying actually attention-grabbing characters.