Christina Ricci will be the first to tell you she doesn’t like her terrifying Yellowjackets character, Misty Quigley.
“I mean, she’s not someone I’d want to be friends with,” Ricci tells News84Media of her Emmy-nominated role. Still, she likes to play them, even if she’s not trustworthy.
“I really enjoy playing characters that don’t follow the normal social pressures that we have,” she adds. “And the freedom to play someone who isn’t bound by any morality other than their own, that’s really fun. And I like playing characters who don’t express their feelings in typical ways.”
Ricci, who has acted alongside Cher since making her screen debut at age 9 in “Mermaids,” says she often thinks she knows where the writers are going with Misty on the show, but instead often in an unexpected direction to be led.
Her process for playing someone so complicated is to take everything she knows about Misty, like her “obsessive need to connect with people and make friends” or her “30 years of constant rejection ‘ and to ask what that makes of a person. in.
“What is the behavior that manifests from this?” She asks. “My process is really extrapolating the facts that I know about a character and just filling in the character, fleshing out a character based on their behavior as I think they would be born from their experience.”
Ricci’s own experience on set, filming Season 2, differs from the one she had during Season 1 when she was pregnant with her now nine-month-old daughter Cleo and hid her from the camera in baggy sweaters and jumpsuits.
“It’s a lot easier not to perform while pregnant,” she says, laughing. “Even just loving being able to curl up, you know? There was a point last year where they said, “You reach out and pick this up off the floor,” and I said, “No, I can’t reach out and pick something up off the floor.” And then there were steps that I had to walk up and down, but I was pregnant and had sciatica.”
Ricci also has an eight-year-old son named Freddie, whom she shares with her ex, James Heerdegen. And she has her hands full with three fur babies, dogs she says she loves more than most people.
“I love animals very much,” she says. “I don’t consider myself a very friendly person, but I will always talk to dogs and cats.”
In her free time, she works with Stella & Chewy’s because she loves the company’s raw, all-natural dog food, particularly for her aging furry best friend Karen, named after the late singer Karen Carpenter.
“Karen has been traveling with me since I was 29 and, oh my god, before I had babies, she was my first baby,” she says. “And as she got older, I really wanted to make her comfortable and stay alive for as long as possible. So I looked up what would be the best diet for them.”
The campaign, she says, “is all about raw love and showing your love for your animals in all the ways you do, but also by feeding them really well.”
Balancing filming, family and multiple production projects isn’t easy, but Ricci, who refreshingly admits to having “a great nanny,” says, “It’s like any other family with two working parents — you bring it easy to walk.”