Sarah Snook on Succession, Shiv and Finding Love Locked Out
Australian star Sarah Snook opens up about her role in television’s biggest hit, Succession, flying in private jets and marrying her “best friend” during the pandemic.
Australian actress Sarah Snook considers the big differences between her own life and that of her on-screen alter ego, Shiv Roy, the ambitious only daughter of billionaire media mogul Logan Roy (Brian Cox) in the hit series Succession .
“In my life, I don’t ride in private jets, vacation in villas or live in high-rise apartments. I have a great view right now, but HBO is paying for it, ”Snook laughs, gesturing to the vast Manhattan skyline behind her.
“It’s not me, so that certainly helps fit into character – wearing nice clothes and being around helicopters.”
Snook says the access to the intrinsic confidence that comes from growing up with extreme wealth also helps him embody the character of Shiv.
“One of the things I’ve always loved about Shiv is that she always feels like she deserves to be in any room she’s in,” Snook told News. Corp during an interview in New York.
“And part of becoming that character as an actor is having access to these spaces and going there, in fact I’m begged to be here right now so well I’m going to put that as well. that character. What an experience and what a luxury to see these amazing places – being on a luxury yacht in Croatia, I never thought I could do this as a kid.
Now, after a one-year Covid-induced delay, Shiv and the rest of the ruthless Roy clan are back as Succession returns for its highly anticipated third season.
The new season begins as the Roy family grapple with the fallout from Kendall (Jeremy Strong’s) magnificent betrayal / victory over his father (depending on how you look at these things) as he attempts to topple the aging mogul of the family media company, Waystar Royco.
The show marked a legion of dedicated fans, desperate to see which family member stabs themselves in the back next. Snook says family tensions are at the heart of Succession’s appeal.
“It’s a family drama, at the end of the day,” she said. “They are a very wealthy family and have issues that some of us will never experience, such as flying in private jets and helicopters. But in the end, it’s a family drama about a sister, three brothers, and a father struggling to show them his affection and love and all vying for his attention. It is a universal story about the family.
And while they may trade brutal beards on screen, Snook’s fictional family is full of praise for the Emmy-nominated Aussie.
“I think Sarah Snook is unbeatable, absolutely unbeatable,” exclaims Brian Cox, who plays Logan, Snook’s emotionally distant billionaire father.
“What a gifted and funny and wise and very intelligent actress, fiercely intelligent and just a joy to play with. I always look forward to our scenes together – we always have great scenes and we love working with each other. really good Sarah I can’t think of anyone better she is just amazing I love her she is adorable.
“Sarah is blissful,” adds Matthew Macfadyen, who plays Snook’s on-screen husband, hapless Tom. “She is a wonderful actress and a wonderful human being. I am very lucky to have her as my so-called wife.
“Snook surprises me, man,” adds Kieran Culkin, who plays the actress’ onscreen brother Roman. “I often forget that she is Australian because she improvises with an American accent and it is impeccable. Then later she shows me pictures of her home in Australia and I hear that accent come out and it’s like, ‘Oooh,’ he sneers. “It’s like, ‘Fuck you! Where are you from?’ She is very, very impressive.
But fans had to bide their time to see the Roys start over; the show’s season two finale aired two years ago, just months before the world was turned upside down by the pandemic.
A year later – in November 2020 – production finally resumed.
“It was difficult – we were filming at the height of the pandemic in New York – there were however several thousand cases a day and we were filming without vaccines in a room crowded with extras and often had to be unmasked because that was it. that our characters were doing, ”Snook recalls.
“It was a lot of anxiety and a lot of stress, but at the same time we got through it and we really came together and doubled what Succession is and we came together to create something that we are. really proud. “
Snook says she spent most of 2020 “stuck in Melbourne” before she could return to New York to shoot the series. She returned home after filming ended in August.
“I’m about to go back to Australia to quarantine the same time I was gone, so that will be fine,” she laughs. “Costs!”
There was a bonus to being housebound in 2020, however – Snook fell in love and married Melbourne comedian Dave Lawson.
“I locked myself in Melbourne with one of my best friends and we fell in love. We have been friends since 2014, have lived together, traveled together, always happy to see each other, but totally platonic. We have never been single at the same time. I proposed and we got married in February in my backyard, ”Snook told Vogue in a new interview.
“It’s been a trick. There is so much heartache and sadness in the world, but on a personal micro level, I have been very lucky. There is a very beautiful grace in the fact that without the pandemic we might not have gotten together so quickly. “
And although Snook has found her own happiness, she says she somehow hopes that Shiv “never will.”
“Managing this baggage as a character is no fun, but managing this baggage as an actor is brilliant, it creates complexity and interest and that’s where all the juice is for me”, she says.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen to Shiv or what was supposed to happen – maybe I was supposed to die in the first season, who knows? I’m still here, I’m still kicking, ”she laughs. “Only.”