‘Yellowjackets’ Cast Has ‘Old Lady’ Text Chain

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Oh, to be a fly (yellow jacket) on this thread. Christina Ricci he might not get much screen time with some of her Yellowjackets partners, but they make up for it in their text chain.

“We don’t all work together very often. I only spent one day working with him Tawny [Cypress]two days of work with Melanie [Lynskey]. Then most of my stuff last year was with Juliette [Lewis]. We hang out outside of filming,” Ricci (42) exclusively said. Us Weekly. “We have an old ladies texting group and I travel back and forth to Vancouver, but whenever I go into town, the ladies and I have dinner and get together for drinks, we talk all the time and see each other as much as we can.”


The cast recently reunited at the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards, with the Showtime series earning seven nominations. The psychological thriller centers on four women bonded by a 1996 plane crash that left their high school football team stranded in the Canadian wilderness for 19 months. Ricci plays the grown-up Misty, always the outcast of the group – who is, well, unpredictable and what most would describe as a sociopath.

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Tawny Cypress as Taissa, Melani Lynskey as Shauna and Juliette Lewis as Natalie in Yellowjackets. Kailey Schwerman/SHOWTIME

“Misty is really fun and playing her is fun because I’m really comfortable playing characters that aren’t bound by some sort of normal societal constraints or any moralistic boundaries. She’s very moral and that’s fun, and it’s fun to play characters that don’t express their emotions in a traditional way,” Ricci said. Us. “As an actor, I’m just always looking to do something new and different and something I haven’t necessarily seen before. So the freedom I get with Misty is pretty amazing. And then it was really wonderful to be nominated for an Emmy. So that was great.”

Ricci, who is nominated in the Outstanding Supporting Actress category for her work, threw in a few extra details about Misty in the first season that weren’t initially in the script. Example one: Misty must have a bird.

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“With TV, there are constant new scenarios and your character is constantly changing, doing things you might not have expected. So I contribute little ideas to her. But then there are many things that are not my contribution, of which the characters are well composed, but like the bird, I didn’t even remember that I suggested the bird,” she said with a laugh. “But I think we were just talking about different types of people and at the time I was like, you know, people who keep birds. Because I didn’t know much about birds at the time and I always thought it was weird. But now I’ve met the bird that plays Caligula and I totally understand why people do it [them]. They are very affectionate.”

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Melanie Lynskey as Shauna, Tawny Cypress as Taissa, Juliette Lewis as Natalie and Christina Ricci as Misty in Yellowjackets. Kailey Schwerman/SHOWTIME

Another example: Misty’s drink of choice. “The chocolate martini she ordered was my suggestion,” she added. “Little things like that along the way.”

For Ricci, the hit show gave her more opportunities to be creative. “It’s really different with television because it’s not the same as film where you basically write a character and then the character is handed to you as an actor. You can kind of create who you really want within the parameters of the writing,” Ricci explained. “What I’m looking at is — is the character something I haven’t seen before? Will I grow as an actor? I just always want to do things that I feel are original and unexplored in some way. I mean, obviously art at this point has explored almost every aspect of human nature, but you know, there are little tiny differences that can be made to make something new.”

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She continued: “I love doing TV because you kind of spend a long time with the character and if you like the character then that’s fantastic and great. … Right now I’m growing and learning and changing and developing new muscles. And what I love about TV is that even at my age when I’ve been doing this for 35 years, it makes me grow and develop new skills.”

Yellowjackets The premiere of the second season is expected in early 2023.

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