05 September 2020 10:34
Jessie Buckley is here to talk about her new film – or at least that's the idea. She has even been looking forward to it, after spending the last week and a half holed up alone in a small, beige apartment on the 43rd floor of a skyscraper on Chicago's west side. The 30-year-old Irish actress has been sitting out the obligatory quarantine period before she can return to the set of the fourth season of Fargo, the filming of which has been on hold for five months. The star of Wild Rose, Chernobyl and the recent BBC adaptation of War and Peace, Buckley shot to prominence in the 2008 TV talent show I'd Do Anything, and right at this moment was supposed to be starring in Romeo and Juliet at the National Theatre, opposite Josh O'Connor from The Crown. Instead, thanks to you-know-what, she's in this taupe box – "reading, cooking, doing yoga, and getting excited by the thought of the man who comes to swab the inside of my nose every five days," she explains.
There's a problem, though. The film she is meant to be talking about – I'm Thinking of Ending Things, which was released yesterday on Netflix – was written and directed by Charlie Kaufman, the brain behind such surreal and existentially strung-out entertainments as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Synecdoche, New York. And this means it is hard to say anything about it with much certainty, starting with what on earth it's about. Any ideas? "Obviously that's the impossible question," she hums. "I don't know how to explain it, other than it feels like… something. Honestly, it's very hard to explain. At all." She stops and tucks a wayward strand of copper hair into her blue headscarf. "I guess it's about…" She stops again, looks to the beige walls for help, then gives up.