Netflix may have started out as a streaming service that largely provided syndicated content. In recent years though, the company has really come into its own. Aside from producing original movies that have propelled many upcoming actors into stardom, Netflix has also gotten into the business of creating several original shows. These include Stranger Things, Sex Education, and The Crown, which have dominated Netflix in the past few years.
The secret to Netflix’s success is arguably its ability to bring together a stellar ensemble of actors. With its continuous success, Netflix has managed to accrue some Oscar Winners and A-List celebrities. These include Henry Cavill and Helen Bonham Carter, who have this to say about working on Netflix shows:
10 For Henry Cavill, Working On Netflix’s The Witcher Has Been ‘Great’
Netflix’s fantasy series centers around Cavill’s Geralt, a witcher or monster hunter trying to find his place in the world. Following its release, fans praised Cavill for his portrayal of the titular character, as well as his ability to deliver some of the show’s most remarkable fight scenes.
When asked about working on the show, the actor told Redanian Intelligence that his experience has been “great.” Cavill also added that this is the “kind of thing I would do in my free time seems like an extraordinary opportunity.”
9 Millie Bobby Brown Was Advised To Look To Charlize Theron When It Was Time To Shave Her Head For Stranger Things
Brown is among the biggest Netflix stars today. However, before she starred in Stranger Things, the young actress was a relative unknown. In fact, most people have completely forgotten that she once had a guest role in the ABC medical drama Grey’s Anatomy.
When the time came for Brown to make her debut on Stranger Things, show creators Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer made it clear that she needed to shave her head. And while speaking with Indie Wire, Brown recalled her character transformation process saying, “They told me, ‘I want you to have the mind-frame of Charlize Theron in Mad Max.”
8 For Anya Taylor-Joy, Starring In The Queen’s Gambit Got Her ‘Infected With The Chess Bug’
Taylor-Joy currently stars as the lead character in The Queen’s Gambit, a relatively new Netflix series about an orphaned chess prodigy determined to become the best chess player in the world. Perhaps, one of the things that fans never knew about Taylor-Joy, however, is that she didn’t play chess prior to her casting on the show.
Fortunately, the actress said she took lessons from “people that are revered as chess gods.” Taylor-Joy also told Observer, “I got infected with the chess bug.” Today, it remains unclear if the show will have a second season since The Queen’s Gambit is a limited series.
7 John Stamos Revealed It Was Only Netflix Who Said Yes To A Full House Reboot
Perhaps, one of the coolest things that fans never knew about Stamos is that he likes to get involved behind the scenes of his shows. In the case of Fuller House, the actor, who is best known for playing Uncle Jesse in the 80s sitcom Full House, was also involved in making the reboot a reality.
More importantly, the actor also openly admitted that Netflix was critical to making things happen. In a post on Instagram, Stamos explained, “When every single network and streamer said no to a Full House re-boot, (and I mean ALL of them) @netflix said yes!”
6 Helena Bonham Carter Took Royal Protocol Lessons For The Crown
In the historical series, Carter portrays the late Princess Margaret. To be able to do so convincingly, the actress revealed that the cast took lessons on Royal Protocol. Interestingly, it wasn’t necessarily the protocol that stuck with her long after.
Instead, the actress revealed to Vogue, “My main take away, which I still use in real life, is that you can’t ask for something.” As Netflix had announced in 2020, Carter’s time on the show as Princess Margaret has come to an end after she previously took over the role from Vanessa Kirby.
5 Christina Applegate Says She Appreciates That Netflix Bosses ‘Leave You Alone’ While Working On Dead To Me
In network television shows, it is not uncommon to hear stories of big bosses giving inputs about the storyline, casting, etc. whether the show’s production team had requested for it or not. If you ask Applegate, she’s been grateful that Netflix didn’t the same thing to them.
While speaking with Vulture, the actress explained, “They just say, ‘There’s all the resources you need to make it look beautiful, to get the right people, and we’ll talk to you later.’” Aside from being one of the lead actors, Applegate also served as an executive producer for the series.
4 Uzo Aduba Eventually Found A ‘New Tenderness’ For Her Orange Is The New Black Character’s Nickname, Crazy Eyes
In the series, Aduba’s character, Suzanne Warren has a mental illness, although the details of the diagnosis aren’t explicit. However, she ends up in prison after a tragic incident with a young boy she was attempting to befriend, and when she was not on her anti-psychotic medication, she has severe symptoms, including hallucinations. Thanks to her mental health condition and her physical appearance, the other inmates called Suzanne ‘Crazy Eyes’.
That said, Aduba never found her character’s Crazy Eyes nickname amusing, although she eventually warmed up to it. “I found a new tenderness for that nickname,” the actress explained while speaking with Decider. “It’s okay to be different, so I took the power back for myself.” Orange Is the New Black concluded in 2019 after seven seasons.
3 Ellie Kemper Revealed That The Crew Scheduled Scenes With As Many Of The Cast As Possible During The Final Production Day Of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
In the Netflix series, Kemper stars as the titular character, Kimmy, who moves to New York City after being rescued from cult where she stayed for 15 years. The show’s cast also includes 30 Rock’s Jane Krakowski, Carol Kane, and Tituss Burgess.
Throughout the show’s four-season run, the cast and crew had become very good friends. And during their final production day for the show, Kemper wrote on The New York Times, “Our production crew thoughtfully tried to schedule scenes that included as many cast members as possible so that we could all be together at wrap.”
2 For Anthony Mackie, Every Day On The Set Of Altered Carbon Was A Good Day
The Marvel actor has been venturing into the world of Netflix shows in recent years. For instance, he starred in an episode of Black Mirror and then went on to play one of the leading characters in Netflix’s Altered Carbon.
While discussing what it was like to work on Altered Carbon, Mackie told Indie Wire, “I shot this show for five and a half months and I did not have one bad day of work.” The actor also said he would have loved to keep playing his character, Takeshi Kovacs, for “as long as I could.”
1 Jane Fonda Revealed She Had A ‘Nervous Breakdown’ After Starring In Grace And Frankie’s First Season
Grace and Frankie is a series that centers on Jane Fonda’s Grace Hanson and Lily Tomlin’s Frankie Bergstein. They are two friends who band together after their husbands reveal that they have been romantically involved with each other for the past 20 years.
For the actress, this story aspect is exactly what triggered the breakdown. Fonda told The Hollywood Reporter, “I discovered it’s because the very first episode our husbands tell us that they are going to leave us after 40 years and marry each other and that triggered abandonment.”
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