'Where The Crawdads Sing': Being a cast away isn’t for Daisy Edgar-Jones

Daisy Edgar-Jones has swapped the complex relationships of Normal People and Fresh for a more solitary role in her latest film, Where The Crawdads Sing. Her character, Kya, lives alone, miles from anybody on the marshlands of North Carolina. But, even though the British actor is an only child, she doesn’t think she’d cope with such isolation.

Where The Crawdads Sing releases exclusively at cinemas on 22 July, 2022.

Video transcript

FREDA COOPER: Kya, who's the character that you play here, spends an awful lot of time alone, sometimes by choice, sometimes not. How are you with your own company?

DAISY EDGAR-JONES: Not too bad. I don't mind-- you know, the job like-- you know, as an actor, you tend to travel quite a lot and meet lots of new people and spend a lot of time in hotel rooms on your own. So I'm not too bad. And I am an only child, so I spend a lot of time growing up on my own, I guess. Obviously, my parents did hang out with me, though. They're great.

But I also had to make my own fun as well a lot of the time. So, yeah, I'm not too bad. But I also really love company and my friends, so.

FREDA COOPER: So as an only child, if you were thrust onto the proverbial desert island, you'd probably be OK, wouldn't you?

DAISY EDGAR-JONES: I wonder. Yeah, I'm not very great-- I'm not very great with insects and things like that. But I think I wouldn't be too bad. Well, no, I'm not sure I would fare very well, to be honest.