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Daisy Edgar-Jones On The Importance Of ‘Where The Crawdads Sing’ Box Office Win & Shaking Her ‘Gentle’ Persona

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Daisy Edgar-Jones picked up Locarno’s Leopard Club acting award Friday evening — the latest honour of her short career. Despite her early success, however, Edgar-Jones says she’s keen to reshape her career and shake her perception in the industry.“I play a lot of gentle and quiet nice people, but I’d like to play characters that are very different from me.

I’d like to transform and pick characters that aren’t my obvious casting,” she told Deadline, adding that she’d like to try her hand as a villain.Edgar-Jones — who accepted the award at the festival’s Piazza Square — is best known for her performance as Marianne in Normal People, Hulu’s popular series adaptation of Sally Rooney’s critically acclaimed, bestselling novel.

Most recently, she starred in Sony’s Where the Crawdads Sing, which is also showing at Locarno.Directed by Olivia Newman, Where the Crawdads Sing is set in the mid-20th century South and follows the story of a young woman named Kya (Edgar-Jones) who raises herself in the marshes outside of her small town after being abandoned by her family.

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