Megan Fahey of the White Lotus knows that Daphne is not a victim

Sure, Megan Fahey white lotus The character, Daphne, appears as the perfect mom on Instagram and doesn’t remember whether to vote, but there’s more to it than meets the eye. She revealed a lot in this week’s episode of the HBO series, “Bull Elephants,” when she decided to take Harper’s Aubrey Plaza on an impromptu trip from their hotel in Taormina, Sicily, to nearby Noto apparently just to play mind games with her husband Cameron (Theo James ). Once Daphne gets there, she decides to offer Harper edible food and shares her thoughts on the obvious fact that her husband cheats on her so often. She insists that she is not the victim in their relationship, and she knows the deal she bought her into.

At the Vulture Festival in Los Angeles this weekend, Fahy discussed this new side of Daphne after the episode premiered, revealing a little about creator Mike White’s intentions with Cameron and Daphne’s mind games. She also discussed the experience of filming on location in Sicily, learning to make a fairly acceptable eggplant Parmesan, and what her distinct personality is. the bold type It may be “Mother Zane” Daphne.

That conversation at the mansion where Daphne talks about not being a victim, what do you think that means to her?
For me, that’s kind of her key. I remember Mike initially being very specific about Daphne not being a victim of her circumstances. This dynamic that they set up in the first two episodes between Cameron and Daphne, I was like, “Who? What’s her name?” I’ve seen him before. You kind of think she’s just a simple housewife who doesn’t have much going on. And I think what gets really interesting about the dynamic is in this episode when you realize that’s not entirely the case. Daphne has a connection to her grief in a way that some of the other people on the trip probably don’t. And I think that’s what enables her to be really happy in her marriage.

Another thing Mike said he felt really important was that the relationship between Daphne and Cameron is really legitimate, and they actually really enjoy being around each other. They have a great sex life and they laugh and play, and all of these things are real. That’s not what Harper thinks, and it’s just nonsense. And so I think that’s the driving force of that whole thing, and then you’re supposed to kind of wonder, Well, does it really matter how someone finds happiness? Even if it’s funky to you and may seem a bit turbulent, if there’s happiness, who cares?

I read an interview in which she called her a “zen mother.” I was wondering what you mean by that.
I actually can’t take credit for that, because that was actually a term Aubrey coined when we were trying to figure out what her wardrobe would be like. Mother Zen is this perfect woman who has 75 kids – not 74, 75 – and always wears a pretty floral dress and nothing seems to bother her. And I felt that was the kind of atmosphere I wanted for Daphne. I wanted her to seem carefree, because she’s kind of uninterested, even in bad ways, like not voting.

How was it like filming in this palace? I guess he was already in Palermo, right?
It was in Palermo. It was cool because Mike really likes picking non-actors to do things. So there’s a two-page scene from that episode that ended up being cut, where the actual owner of this mansion was featuring Aubrey and me next door. And he had Start He’s been in front of the camera before, and he’s very cute, because he can’t walk and talk at the same time. So Mike kept trying to be like, “So you’re just explaining to them where everything is, but you’re moving.” And he’d be like, “The bedrooms – here. The dining room – here.” It was very precious. It was really his home! And we finished and we were in the pond and brought us jinn and tonics. It was very sweet. I loved that Mike likes to find that authenticity wherever he can. A lot of the employees you see are the real employees who were working with us at the Four Seasons.

I am curious about the shooting experience at this hotel in Sicily while it was out of season and often empty. What does acting feel like on vacation at this hotel in Taormina?
Oh, psychotic! I mean, 100 percent crazy. It was like a strange actor’s camp. In many ways, I wouldn’t recommend it! No, it was so much fun, it was really very special and unique. It was really cool to see how Taormina kind of bloomed. Like, when we first got there, it was empty, 70 percent of restaurants and everything else closed, and then it seemed like overnight, all of a sudden, the streets were filled with people. So it was great to see this transition happen in real time.

I was surprised by how willing this community was to welcome us and make us a part of their daily lives. The people who opened their restaurants were really good to us, they would take us and give us cooking lessons. They were incredibly warm and gentle. For me, when I think about the trip, this is the thing that I took more than anything else, the people we met in that area were very likable.

Did you have your favorite meal there, something that stuck in your memory like, ‘I really miss you X Who is Taormina? “
Well, I made eggplant parmesan with my own hands and it was very unpretentious! But I had a great time doing that class. Really, this guy was the only one who owned this restaurant, and he wasn’t the one education cooking lessons. He would say, “Go to my restaurant at noon tomorrow.” And I was like, “Am I into some kind of rom-com? That’s so sick!” And I just turned up and was like, “Wow, just get in the kitchen.” I had an apron and the chef was cooking meals to give to people who were there to pay to eat. He was teaching me things as they were happening. It was incredible.

Going back to Daphne and Cameron’s relationship, did you know Theo before? How did you get to know him?
I knew him! He didn’t know me. I saw him in forked Of course, but no, we haven’t met, and there have been no chemistry readings before, which is a bit unusual for things like this. So we first met in Italy. But it was very easy for the viewer to work with him. He’s (a) talented, and (b) extroverted, which is the only thing you could ask for, you know? He was really fun, and it was really simple with him.

You have this speech about elephants that gives the episode its title. How did you feel doing this scene with Aubrey? How did you handle a dynamic game where they all feel for each other?
It was fun because it was a new location for us, and I think it was the first time as well, that Aubrey and I were shooting scenes on our own, up until that point we were doing a lot of things with just the four of us. Some of those Noto scenes were my favorite scenes to shoot with her, because I just felt like it was a different color for Daphne and Harper that we haven’t seen yet.

It’s interesting to see this part of her exposed. How did you think about this aspect of it? What do you think she sees in Harper and want to find out?
I think there is a real desire in Daphne to connect with Harper. I think Daphne probably doesn’t have that many girlfriends, and so I think that’s part of what drives her. But she also uses it in a way that, like, Harper is kind of an accessory in the Daphne game that you play with Cameron that they two go off in. Like, I really think Daphne would have gone to Nodo herself if Harper hadn’t gone with her, just to piss him off.

When I spoke to Haley Richardson about the show, she mentioned that Mike White seems to incorporate parts of the cast into the characters she plays. He’s very open to a bit of improvisation. Do you feel that there are parts of Daphne colored who you are?
absolutely yes. And I feel like everyone on the show would probably say that’s true for them. You can contact these people in a way that many people can’t reach, and that’s because Mike does. It picks something inside of you that the character also has, and it kind of lets you go ahead and do that thing.

What do you think of the thing that was inside of you that the character also had?
I know this is pretty weak, but I feel like I can’t let go of it. He is very weak. But I will say that I think something that Daphne has and that I relate to is that she tends to attract people around her, and I relate to that. So this is something I feel like sharing.

Before you played Daphne you were playing the bold type. What do you think Sutton will do with Daphne?
You know, there are some major similarities between these two characters, and I think it’s their warmth. I think Sutton and Daphne are similar in the sense that they want to make the people around them feel safe. This is mostly done through humour. And there is a general kind of sunshine for these two characters that I feel are similar. I think they would probably cooperate, although I think Sutton is a little tougher than Daphne in some ways. It would be interesting to see them, fighting each other in a ring!

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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