Joe Alwyn: “It’s not a show full of obvious cliffhangers.” Joe Alwyn on his series based on Sally Rooney’s “Conversations With Friends”

English actor Joe Alwyn says his latest series ‘Conversations With Friends’ has no “obvious cliffhangers” of a romantic drama as it looks at big everyday moments through the characters rooted in reality.

The series is the second project to be based on Sally Rooney’s books after 2020’s ‘Normal People’, which proved to be a huge hit and made stars of its lead pair – Paul Mescal and Daisy – overnight. Edgar Jones.

“Conversations With Friends,” based on Rooney’s 2017 debut novel, is being developed by filmmaker Lenny Abrahamson with writer Alice Birch.

Alwyn, known for his performances in films like ‘The Favourite’, ‘Boy Erased’ and ‘Harriet’, is a fan of Rooney’s work and said there was ‘a real grounding and calmness’ to his novels. .

“I liked that she finds the extraordinary and the big moments in things that are very everyday because that’s what it feels like in real life. It’s not a show full of obvious cliffhangers. or whatever.”

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“But it’s truthful, grounded, relatable and human, and that’s why we love his writing so much, plus it’s kind of provocative, thought-provoking, modern and funny,” the 31-year-old actor said.
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Like “Normal People,” which was based on Rooney’s 2018 novel, “Conversations With Friends” also taps into the personal struggles and often unspoken feelings of its main characters.

The new show follows college students and former lovers Frances (newcomer Alison Oliver) and Bobbi (Sasha Lane), who are drawn into the life of glamorous writer Melissa (Jemima Kirke) and her handsome husband Nick (Alwyn).

What Alwyn loved about the book as well as its screen adaptation is how it challenges the concept that there is “only one archaic way to love and find happiness”.

“The show pushes these questions about how we find love outside of the normal relationship constructs we’ve given ourselves – friendships, families, marriages. Sally is awesome and doesn’t like to give us a stamped seal for an answer. to these questions. It’s still open there, not bound.

The show might have tonal and thematic similarities to “Normal People,” but Alwyn thinks “Conversations With Friends” is “its own thing and its own story.”

“It doesn’t feel like ‘Normal People’ part two, which is a good thing. While it’s nice to be in the same space, Sally Rooney’s world and Lenny’s world, it has an identity sound and it’s kind of nice to have that feeling of separation as well.”

Alwyn had read the books and when he found out that “Normal People” was suitable for the small screen, he wanted to be part of a show like that.

“I knew they were doing a ‘Normal People’ show because I remember someone was talking about when they were shooting it. But I remember watching it and thinking, ‘God, I wish I was on a show like that.’ And then a couple of months later I heard they were doing ‘Conversations With Friends.’

“And so (I) was lucky and privileged to be part of Sally and Lenny’s world. I was such a big fan of him as a filmmaker for so long. So it was kind of like a dream come true.”

The actor further stated that “Conversations With Friends” is a faithful adaptation of the source material.

“It’s a lot like how I felt reading the book as well. It’s kind of messy and complicated in a good way. And it’s about those people who are real and the communication complications in a relationship. .”

“Conversations With Friends” is currently available to stream in India on Lionsgate Play.