“Becoming Elizabeth is a modern period piece” – The New Indian Express

Express press service

German actress Alicia von Rittberg had two major challenges when she had to become Elizabeth I of England for, well, Becoming Elizabeth. If perfecting the English accent despite being German was one, she also had to indirectly compete with many iconic actors (Cate Blanchett, Helen Mirren, Judi Dench and Flora Robson). “Growing up I watched movies about Elizabeth I and started watching more after I signed on to play the role.

Reading allows you to imagine, of course, but seeing people move, act and dance reinforces the understanding of the character and the immersion in the world. 500 years ago there were no records and naturally I had to opt for films to get an idea,” Alicia explains in a Zoom chat. Opening up about what she found fascinating about a character who has seen multiple iterations in film and TV, Alicia adds, “She was wise beyond her years and just otherworldly. To be a queen at this time, single, and to be respected by people, not fearful. I couldn’t imagine how she had become this person. And I’m sure it must have been crazier then than it is today. She was just amazing.

As the title aptly suggests, it was this study of the making of that personality that most intrigued Alicia about Becoming Elizabeth. “She’s an iconic queen and we just don’t know how she grew up. Of course we know her father and his politics, but a lot of things had happened before that. What made d “She the person she became? Why did she proclaim herself Virgin Queen? What influenced her policy-making and decisions? The answers to all of these questions exist in her childhood, which we know very little. It’s an amazing period piece but still modern because you’re not blindsided by politics. We’re encouraged to see through human beings, not just what we know about them. her in the books.

Alicia vividly remembers the first day of filming. The actress attended a workshop, which she describes as a “princess school”, where she learned household chores, horse riding, calligraphy, playing musical instruments and, of course, mastering the accent. “We shot a scene in his office on the first day. Naturally I was nervous because I was working on the accent and they told me to play the virginals (piano) and I wondered why it had to be the first day,” Alicia laughs as she recalls the first day of the filming.

Justin Chadwick, the director of the first four episodes of the series, and Adolpho Veloso refrained from using artificial lighting on sets to create a realistic visual tone to authentically represent the period.

Talking about how the shooting environment influenced her acting process, Alicia concludes, “The director and cinematographer only used natural light sources like candles and windows, which which allowed them to pan the camera 360 degrees without worrying about the lighting in the frame… There were days when we shot for twelve hours non-stop. It was not an environment where a actor who wasn’t in the frame could relax. You’re still in the scene, and if the cinematographer felt it, right in the center of it all. The whole thing was still 100% alive.”

German actress Alicia von Rittberg had two major challenges when she had to become Elizabeth I of England for, well, Becoming Elizabeth. If perfecting the English accent despite being German was one, she also had to indirectly compete with many iconic actors (Cate Blanchett, Helen Mirren, Judi Dench and Flora Robson). “Growing up I watched films about Elizabeth I and started watching more after I signed on to play the part. Reading helps to imagine, sure, but seeing people move, act and dance builds understanding of the character and the dive into the world. 500 years ago there were no recordings and naturally I had to opt for films to get an idea, “says Alicia during a Zoom conversation Opening up on what she found fascinating about a character who has seen multiple iterations in film and TV, Alicia adds, “She was wise beyond her years and just otherworldly. a queen at that time, celibate, and being respected by people, not fearful. I couldn’t imagine how she became that person. And I’m sure it must have been crazier then than it is today. She was just amazing. As the title aptly suggests, it’s this study into the making of this he personality who intrigued Alicia the most about Becoming Elizabeth. “She’s an iconic queen and we just don’t know how she grew up. Of course we know her father and his politics, but a lot of things had happened before that. What made d “She the person she became? Why did she proclaim herself Virgin Queen? What influenced her policy-making and decisions? The answers to all of these questions exist in her childhood, which we know very little. It’s an amazing period piece but still modern because you’re not blindsided by politics. We’re encouraged to see through human beings, not just what we know about them. her in the books. Alicia vividly remembers the first day of filming. The actress attended a workshop, which she describes as a “princess school”, where she learned household chores, horse riding, calligraphy , playing musical instruments and, of course, mastering the accent. “We shot a s supper in his office on the first day. Naturally I was nervous because I was working on the accent and they told me to play the virginals (piano) and I wondered why it had to be the first day,” Alicia laughs as she recalls the first day of the filming. Justin Chadwick, the director of the first four episodes of the series, and Adolpho Veloso refrained from using artificial lighting on sets to create a realistic visual tone to authentically represent the period. Talking about how the shooting environment influenced her acting process, Alicia concludes, “The director and cinematographer only used natural light sources like candles and windows, which which allowed them to pan the camera 360 degrees without worrying about the lighting in the frame… There were days when we shot for twelve hours non-stop. It was not an environment where a actor who wasn’t in the frame could relax. You’re still in the scene, and if the cinematographer felt it, right in the center of it all. The whole thing was still 100% alive.”

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