Jennifer Ehle: ‘They had to reshoot Contagion because I injected my tights’

Jennifer Ehle: ‘They had to reshoot Contagion because I injected my tights’

October 8, 2020

The actor who saved humankind in pandemic hit Contagion is set to terrify viewers in Saint Maud. She talks about loving horror, quitting Game of Thrones – and turning into a bowl of porridge

Early on in Saint Maud, Jennifer Ehle’s wonderful, terrifying new film, a nurse describes her character Amanda rather succinctly: “Bit of a cunt.” Ehle laughs. “Amanda’s quite quicksilver,” she says, displaying slightly more tact. “She’s going through a lot. She’s on a lot of drugs, she’s bored, and she has an enormous amount of charisma and intelligence and ambition.”

Amanda is a famous dancer and choreographer, holed up in a creepy, rattling seaside mansion, where she is slowly dying of cancer. Morfydd Clark plays Maud, her carer and a recent religious convert. The pair end up at a kind of odds. In Ehle’s hands, Amanda is camp and wild. “She was so much fun to play, just a fabulous box of Quality Street.”

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