With an actress like Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant and Donald Sutherland, it takes a special kind of guy to stand out in the crowd. But Noma Dumezweni did just that to “undo”, David E. Kelly’s Jan Hannoff adapts the Korlitz novel “You Should Have Knew”.
Tony was nominated for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” as a co-star of HBO Ltd.’s Dumzweini, who is best known for his work in the UK (when he came to England as a refugee from Africa with his mother and sister at the age of 17). In a series as Haley Fitzgerald, a powerful New York psychotherapist (Kidman) hires a powerhouse attorney to represent her husband (Grant), a pediatric cancer doctor who has been accused of brutally murdering his wife.
“The script came and my director, Larry Taube, said, ‘You read this,'” says Dumezweni. Different During a phone interview in Los Angeles, where he is shooting HBO Max’s upcoming dark comedy “Made for Love” with Roy Romano, Christine Millotti, Billy Magnusen and Dan Buckedhall. “And I read the first episode and the Haley character wasn’t there. But what David E. Kelly was saying in that first episode, I need to find out what happened next. What is it? What is this world? I was really curious. And I didn’t even know then that Hugh and Nicole were involved with it. All I knew was that it was the David E. Kelly project. And then I got the favor of reading Haley. I just like his strengths. Then I got the part and then I can see that Hugh and Nicole are connected and I like, ‘Oh my gosh God’. ”
Tell me about the character. Haley is clearly a force.
First and foremost, the script. And then the next important thing is the director. I had a lot of fears when I was working because coming from three years of theater and going to TV, it’s a different way of working. This is a different way of telling a story. I remember [director Susanne Bier] Saying, “No, we’ve got three years of theater from you.” And in my head I was like, “Well, you’ve seen my audition. You must have liked something out of it.” So I came in a very big size and I now realize that I need to get smaller. Haley’s energy is solitary and that law firm is a perfect firm. What Susanna taught me was the power of stillness, the power of silence, the power of perception. Although I have to admit, I was watching it with my 13 year old daughter and I was like, “Fuck, I look really good, not me, not me. Haley looked really, really good.” Looks great on you. “
When Haley goes home at night, what do you think she does?
She takes off her shoes and goes straight to her wine closet. Haley got a great vintage closet. And I think it’s a pretty glassy red. Everything is going to the point with Haley.
How was your first scene with Nicole Kidman?
There’s a part of me going, “Okay, do your job.” I don’t need to be in their face. I’ll just stay there because there have been times when some people don’t live up to their own expectations. But, oh my God. Beautiful, sweetheart, work ethic. Hugh and Nicole taught me – and they do it in different ways – to prepare it. And that’s what Sujan told me. You have to be ready.
How did it shoot “Made for Love” during Covid? When you go to L.A. Did you have to separate when you went to?
They gave it two weeks for people to arrive. All these different regions for different actors and crews they have done it really well. It was tough. It was weird. It’s so quiet in L.A. It’s New York, it’s quiet, but you know people’s lives are going on because you can walk anywhere around New York. But when [presidential election was called], I’m L.A. I turned around because I needed to practice driving. Someone told me about this beautiful road up to the Hollywood sign, so I took my daughter and we drove. And I have to say, it was a beep-beep and the huto-huto of the people walking by was listening nicely.
The sixth and final episode of “Undoing” aired on HBO on Sunday, November 29th.