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Maggie Gyllenhaal Breaks Down Scene From Oscar-Nominated ‘The Lost Daughter’ Screenplay

↑ This scene sees Leda (Olivia Colman) and Will (Paul Mescal) at dinner. After a few glasses of wine, the pair begin a flirtatious conversation. “There’s a sexuality that’s palpable and real,” explains Gyllenhaal. “There’s the possibility of sex, but it’s also impossible.” It follows one of the few scenes of exposition, in which Will […]

Kenneth Branagh Breaks Down Scene From His Oscar-Nominated ‘Belfast’ Screenplay

↑ “The crux of this scene was to depict ‘cross-generational communication,’ ” according to Branagh. “Suddenly Buddy is having a deeper, more meaningful, more direct conversation about bigger things with someone a couple of generations away,” he says. Pop, unlike Buddy’s parents, is more willing to share a taboo story. “Pop essentially explains, in a […]

Script to Scene: ‘Mare of Easttown’ Creator Unpacks Emotional Scene of Kate Winslet’s Character Confronting Family Drama

Episode three finds Mare of Easttown‘s eponymous detective at an early stage of her investigation into the death of local teen Erin McMenamin (Cailee Spaeny). When Mare receives a tip that her ex-husband, Frank Sheehan (David Denman), now engaged to Faye, may be the father of Erin’s baby, she immediately goes to confront him, upending […]

Script to Scene: ‘The Boys’ Writer Breaks Down Climactic Moment From Season 2 Finale

In this scene from The Boys’ season two finale, Ryan Butcher (played by Cameron Crovetti) unleashes his superpowers for the first time, and in the process accidentally deals a fatal blow to his mother, Becca Butcher (Shantel VanSanten). With her dying breath, Becca asks her estranged husband, Billy Butcher (Karl Urban), to protect her son, […]

Script to Scene: ‘Flight Attendant’ Creator Breaks Down the “Mind Palace” of Kaley Cuoco’s Character

In this scene from The Flight Attendant‘s first episode, Cassie (Kaley Cuoco) returns to the scene of the crime at the center of the HBO Max comedy series’ murder-mystery plot: the Bangkok hotel suite where she discovers Alex (Michiel Huisman), who has been brutally killed at some point the night before, during Cassie’s alcohol-induced blackout. […]

Script to Scene: ‘PEN15’ Co-Creator and Star Details “Tough Episode” Where Maya and Anna’s Friendship Is Tested

“This was kind of a tough episode,” admits PEN15‘s Maya Erskine of “Play,” for which she has earned an Emmy nomination for writing. In the second season of the Hulu comedy, in which Erskine and co-star/co-creator Anna Konkle play fictionalized teenage versions of themselves, Maya and Anna see their friendship tested when the former is […]

Script to Scene: ‘Pose’ Writer Details Personal Connection to Finale Moment

In Pose’s series finale, Blanca (Mj Rodriguez) delivers the news to a young patient that she has tested positive for HIV. The scene mirrors one from the FX show’s pilot, which aired in June 2018, in which Blanca learned of her own HIV-positive status. “We wanted this to be the final moment for Blanca, where […]

Script to Scene: ‘WandaVision’ Writer Breaks Down Emotional Moment When Wanda Faces Her Traumatic History

“We always knew we were going to have an episode dedicated to looking at Wanda’s past, basically because we needed to figure out how we got here,” says Laura Donney, who earned an Emmy nom for writing “Previously On.” Since WandaVision brings more weight to the character of Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) than has been […]

Script to Scene: ‘Girls5Eva’ Creator Breaks Down Creating a Character’s Not-So-Glamorous Lifestyle

In this scene from Peacock’s Girls5eva pilot, Renée Elise Goldsberry’s Wickie reveals that she isn’t living the luxurious lifestyle that her former bandmates (including Sara Bareilles’ Dawn) see on her Instagram. “Wickie has been posturing all of these years that she’s this big shot,” explains creator and showrunner Meredith Scardino. When Girls5eva is invited to […]

Script to Scene: How ‘Perry Mason’ Creators Used Erle Stanley Gardner’s Novels for Origin Story

“The decision to do an origin story for our hero was crucial,” says co-showrunner Ron Fitzgerald of the famous lawyer (played by Matthew Rhys) who gives the series its title. Fitzgerald and co-creator Rolin Jones scoured the works of Erle Stanley Gardner. “Gardner didn’t leave many clues about Perry Mason — the man, not the […]

Script to Scene: ‘It’s a Sin’ Showrunner Examines Pivotal Scene From First Episode

“I almost thought this was a risky scene because it feels a bit like a thriller,” says creator Russell T. Davies. Despite It’s a Sin being a drama set against the AIDS epidemic, the way the show depicted the disease required compassion and care. “We had long conversations about how we mustn’t portray the disease […]

Script to Scene: ‘Good Lord Bird’ Boss Breaks Down Moment That Sparked John Brown’s Abolitionist Crusade

In Showtime’s limited series The Good Lord Bird, co-creator and executive producer Ethan Hawke stars as the infamous abolitionist John Brown. The series — based on the National Book Award-winning novel by James McBride, and told through the perspective of Onion (Joshua Caleb Johnson), a young slave boy masquerading as a girl — follows Brown’s […]