‘The Flight Attendant’ Stars Kaley Cuoco and Zosia Mamet on Upping the Ante of Season 2: “Everything About It Was Tenfold”


Season two of HBO Max’s The Flight Attendant is grander, deeper and extra actual, stars Kaley Cuoco and Zosia Mamet inform THR, sitting facet by facet on a sofa in Cuoco’s dwelling, the place they’ve been residing collectively throughout manufacturing of the second season. The two real-life buddies play finest buddies on the present, which in its second go-round follows flight attendant Cassie Bowden as she turns into an asset for the CIA however quickly realizes {that a} lady pretending to be her is inflicting havoc round the globe.

Cuoco and Mamet discuss to THR about how the present blended with actual lives (together with Cuoco submitting for divorce from equestrian Karl Cook round the identical time season two was beginning to movie), their appearing processes and the way it deepened their friendship.

How did season two really feel completely different to you each?

KALEY CUOCO After season one was profitable and large in its personal proper, we needed to go greater this yr [in terms of] what the storylines have been and we added extra solid, and simply all the pieces about it was tenfold. Visually, the stakes have been greater. I simply really feel like throughout, the complete season was a lot greater than season one.

ZOSIA MAMET I feel it additionally was actually balanced in that it wasn’t identical to the stakes acquired greater and the journey acquired greater and the espionage and the blowing issues up, but in addition it acquired greater and deeper in phrases of how a lot we cracked open each of the characters individually. Kaley’s character is coping with some very intense internal turmoil, however actually, everybody goes by way of their very own factor.

Your characters are extra susceptible this season. How did you get your self into that mindset?

CUOCO I don’t actually have a course of — that’s type of my course of — however this season was bizarre as a result of I used to be coping with so much of stuff emotionally and so it was all-encompassing. I felt like I used to be all one particular person, whether or not Cassie was upset or Kaley, it was all changing into the identical factor. What was going on in my life, it was an accident that it was throughout the identical time. This was not like a set-up factor. It labored for what I wanted to do, however that’s to not say that it wasn’t a nightmare whereas I used to be doing it. I wouldn’t recommend doing it that approach.

MAMET I can attest to the undeniable fact that it made for some exceptionally troublesome days. It was a meta expertise.

CUOCO Yeah, and I’m so not that particular person, however it turned that for positive. It was unintended. So not my course of. No one would ever say that about me.

MAMET I feel one of the causes Kaley and I work so effectively collectively is that each our processes are type of a non-process, like we present up on time, know our strains …

CUOCO I feel we’re extra involved about what we’re having for dinner.

MAMET Yeah, like what are the snacks? Is there espresso with oat milk close by? But yeah, I feel we’re each gamers. We simply present up and we go, and we each are so right down to play. Obviously we have been on a set the place we had the house to do this, however no, I don’t actually have a course of.

Was there a particular scene that was tougher?

MAMET It genuinely did really feel like we needed to squeeze the lemon very onerous this yr to get the juice. It was a weird season the place circumstantially, everybody gave the impression to be going by way of stuff. It was actually formidable. The days have been lengthy. They have been onerous. I don’t assume there’s any someday particularly that I can level to and be like, that day. It was a tricky shoot, for positive.

CUOCO It was undoubtedly a tricky shoot. The saddest second for me capturing was undoubtedly my breakup with Marco [played by Santiago Cabrera]. It felt approach too actual. It was simply an excessive amount of too quickly. I used to be having a full-blown meltdown. It was not pleasurable in any respect. Everyone’s at all times like, “Oh my God, that efficiency is so good!” I’m like, was it? Because I feel I used to be simply being myself! It was remedy.

MAMET I’ll say, although, from an outsider perspective, I hear that, but in addition I can attest to the undeniable fact that Kaley was going by way of an exceptionally onerous time personally, and you allowed that to exist onscreen, however to have the ability to even present up for work and know your strains and do your job in an attractive approach, is a problem in and of itself.

CUOCO Thank you. The season begins out a little bit pink cloud-ish, however it will get fairly darkish fairly shortly. That’s why I used to be combating for therefore many comedic moments at the starting as a result of I knew how darkish it was going to get and I used to be making an attempt to remind all people that that is nonetheless a comedy. It’s onerous to recollect, proper? But I do assume that we discovered these moments early in the season and it paid off.

Similarly, what was your most enjoyable scene to shoot?

CUOCO The scene when I’ve to write down [Zosia] the observe. We have been simply in a temper. We have been on one other degree, like we couldn’t cease [laughing].

MAMET In between takes, we have been mendacity on the mattress in the visitor room in the bungalow set. I don’t even bear in mind about what, [but] actually everybody on set most likely needed to homicide us. We have been like two 12-year-old women, shedding our minds, crying so onerous. Kaley was simply writing silly stuff —

CUOCO — and I made her learn them on digital camera. I stored writing, “Dear Annie, I hate Max. See you quickly.”

MAMET Or “Dear Annie, goodbye perpetually. I’ve at all times hated you. Not love, Cassie.”

How do you decompress after a darkish scene?

CUOCO Zosia and I lived collectively the previous couple of months of capturing, and we went to work collectively generally. We have been one another’s decompression, for positive. We helped one another out tremendously, [Zosia] most likely serving to me out extra so than something, however it was simply actually cool. I’ve by no means had that have earlier than. I’ve by no means lived with [a female friend before] and then gone to work with them. We simply had such an all-encompassing friendship throughout this complete expertise, which is so uncommon.

MAMET Neither of us went to varsity and we by no means had roommates. We went straight from residing alone to residing with companions. Our castmates used to joke that we have been principally residing in a fraternity. We have been sharing a trailer and folks have been like, “OK, we get it. You love one another.” Our friendship blossomed in a good deeper approach than it already had, and I actually assume simply having one another, it sounds tacky and cliché, however we simply snicker a lot.

From left: Deniz Akdeniz, Cuoco and Mamet in HBO Max’s The Flight Attendant.
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Kaley, your character typically goes to her “thoughts palace,” the place she is confronted with variations of herself to take care of her points. This season, there are extra Cassies than final season. Talk to me about the logistics of that.

CUOCO It was a really new course of for me. I had so much of physique and appearing doubles. I couldn’t have carried out it with out the complete group. It was so humorous, there have been so many Cassies strolling round, you actually didn’t know who was who. Definitely a course of I don’t wish to do once more. As an actor, I’m very in the second and I wish to play, and this course of with movement seize is the reverse of that. There’s no enjoying, it’s a must to decide to what you’re doing. You need to mimic your subsequent self and then my double is having to repeat what I do and so I have to be very cautious about what I do and it’s very sophisticated, very particular, not the approach I wish to work … I’d be my physique double proper in the eye and then I’d return and watch playback, and if I’m off by a centimeter, it actually appears like I’m the ceiling. It didn’t make any sense to me. I’m like, “Why does it not appear to be I’m her?” It was an enormous workforce effort for positive. But yeah, not going to do this once more. At least I understand how to do it now!

Where was your favourite place that you just traveled to this season?

CUOCO Zosia will get very unhappy about this. She goes, “If we do a 3rd season, are you able to please have Annie journey with you?”

MAMET I’ve an actual chip on my shoulder. When they have been going to Iceland, I used to be like, “Can I play a non-credited sheep? I’ll do it for a day fee. Please!”

CUOCO Iceland was unimaginable. That was one of the coolest experiences I’ve ever had as a human. I used to be so nervous about the journey — it was the peak of COVID and was to this point. It was throughout December and we have been like, “Are we insane? Who selected this?” It ended up being unbelievable — one, as a result of I’m such a Christmas elf, so is Zosia, and it looks like Christmas threw up in Iceland throughout December. Santa and Christmas music and Christmas shops and it’s very magical, to say the least.

MAMET I’d get voice notes and movies and images daily. And I used to be like, “Cool. This is nice. When are we planning our return journey?”

Interview edited for size and readability.

This story first appeared in a June stand-alone situation of The Hollywood Reporter journal. To obtain the journal, click on right here to subscribe.



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