Summer has officially ended for Industry‘S Marisa Abela. “It was like suddenly turning to winter,” she said, zooming in from London. “Two weeks ago, I couldn’t sleep without turning on the fan in my room. And now it’s like – I’m up pretty early at the moment – it’s one of those things where it’s still dark outside and I can’t get out of bed because I’m like, it’s a lot colder out there. “
And like the dramatic change in London’s weather recently, Abela’s life also seemed to change overnight. The 25-year-old was wrapping up her time at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art when she landed plum as Yasmin Kara-Hanani, the hard-partying publishing heiress, in the show bank HBO’s Brother Industry. “I am so grateful that I went straight to work because you are at your most confident in your senior year of drama school,” she said. “At that time, you were a big fish in a small pond. You feel like you can take off — you’re not self-conscious. And the enemy of action is self-consciousness, isn’t it? “
A few days later Industryshocking season two finale, Abela sat down with VF to chat about the industry finale, filming Greta Gerwigvery much expected Barbie doll and a challenge she has yet to tackle.
Vanity Fair: How do you feel Yasmin finished the season?
Marisa Abela: I think she’s really at the bottom of the abyss at the end of the season. It couldn’t be worse for her. Literally, she said in episode four of this series, “I never thought about not having money. Can you imagine what that would be like? “And Harper (My’hala Herrold) said, “…yes.” It’s shocking to see her learn that she’s really entering the unknown. I think it’s a scary place for a lot of reasons. The truth is that she probably earns a decent salary. So she’ll be fine once she figures out how to transfer the earnings to her own account.
Do you feel like Yasmin understands how she moves through the world? How do her actions affect others?
She is not now. The fact that she apologized to Venetia (Indy Lewis) may eventually mean that she begins to realize that her actions have consequences, and her consequences have consequences. You just have to look at her father to realize that for a lot of people, their actions have consequences, but those consequences aren’t so bleak. If you have enough money, nothing really matters that much. While you suddenly don’t [have money]You have to take the consequences seriously.
Speaking of which, her father, Charles Hanani (Adam Levy) totally hooked Yasmin in the season finale.
Oh my God. Surely he reads her in search of filth.
What was it like filming that scene?
I actually told the writers a lot about that scene. We remade those moments together a little bit as it relates to that moment. Yasmin hasn’t really made it clear what her father’s relationship with the nanny is, which she finds disgusting. There’s obviously abuse of power and age imbalance, but we know she’s legit. It was very important to me to make it clear to the writers that Yasmin’s problem was, like, “When did you start seeing her that way?” I think it’s hard for a young woman who’s been opposed by men all her life to look her father in the face and realize that’s what he’s doing to women and she’s kept it a secret. life.
But everything he said was true. “You go on 14 holidays a year and you send me a bill, you touch, touch, touch your little Coutts card for the rest of your life,” which I love. I think that’s a good line. He’s not lying, but that’s not what you want to hear from your dad.
What’s fascinating about Industry is its willingness to explore the gray areas. We see this with Yasmin and her father, but also with Yasmin and her mentored lover Celeste (Katrine De Candole). Would you say Yasmin was the victim in that situation?
I don’t think she’s the victim. I don’t think she’s in control either. In a lot of sexual relationships, often one person has more power than the other – doesn’t necessarily mean the other is the victim. I think Yasmine quite liked the idea of being another woman – someone for whom someone was breaking the rules. In episode six, when Celeste tells Yasmine that she’s been allowed to be with her wife, suddenly the whole situation is completely absurd and Yasmine wants nothing to do with it. [Yasmin] would rather be a prize than a consoling situation.