Daisy Edgar-Jones has said the time she spent in Ireland filming Normal People was one of the “most special experiences” of her life.
The 24-year-old was speaking as she returned to Dublin for the premiere of Where the Crawdads Sing, which is based on the best-selling book by Delia Owens.
She was presented with the Gold Medal of Honorary Patronage by the Philosophical Society of Trinity College Dublin, following in the steps of US President Joe Biden, Martin Scorsese and Helen Mirren.
Speaking on the Ryan Tubridy Show on RTÉ Radio 1, she said of being back in Dublin: “It’s kind of wild to be back because my time here is one of the most special experiences of my life, filming Normal People, and I lived here for five months and I had just turned 21. It felt like my uni experience.”
She read Owens’ book as she was auditioning for the lead role of Kya, who lives alone in the marshes of North Carolina. “I was reading it during Covid. The story is about a young girl who’s isolated, and I think that was something that I was like, ‘I feel I can relate to certain aspects of this.’ This kind of lonely feeling is something we all maybe felt during that time.”