With Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore In cinemas nationwide today Jessica Williams joined us for an episode of Collider Ladies Night to recap their journey The daily News to the wizarding world.
The third movie in the Fantastic Beasts Series sees Gellert Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelsen) tries to take over the wizarding world. Albus Dumbledore (Jew law) knows he can’t stop him alone, so he assembles a team that includes magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), his brother Theseus (Callum Turner), Newt’s assistant Bunty Broadacre (Victoria Yeates), Leta Lestrange’s half-brother Yusuf (William Nadylam), No-Maj Jacob Kowalski (Dan Foegler) and Williams’ Lally, Professor of Charms at the Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Together, they must execute a complex plan to stop Grindelwald from igniting a devastating war with the human world.
During the Fantastic Beasts In our Collider Ladies Night chat, Williams detailed how she got involved in the franchise and also shared some of the inspiration behind the development of Lally. Additionally, she took a moment to highlight a few standout personalities on set who made a huge impression on her and shaped her Secrets of Dumbledore experience for the better. Here’s what she said when asked to name one Fantastic Beasts Actor she was quickest to agree with:
“I’m pretty obsessed with Eddie Redmayne by the looks of it. He is the kindest, sweetest, most lovable person. I like his heart, I like that he’s obsessed with his kids and likes to be home to cover for them. I think it’s great that he loves his wife. I mean, everything about him is just lovely. Once I was on set he was always very helpful. He’s one of those people who, when you’re talking in a group, says something and then turns to you and just goes, “So what do you think about that?” Even if you’re the new person, he’s always good at making you feel included. And that really helped my process because I was so intimidated. This is my first studio film with Warner Bros. and I’m doing something that’s really huge and I’m in this really big machine that I’m basically being introduced to and I feel like he really helped make this one making the process much easier. He is also very energetic. I don’t like waking up in the morning so it was always really nice to have someone really awake and ready to go. He reminded me of a golden retriever in many ways.”
Of course, we had to ask about the downside. From everyone on the Secrets of Dumbledore Squad, who challenged Williams to adapt the most, and maybe even for the better?
“I have to do a lot with Mads Mikkelsen for my press and he’s so funny. He makes me laugh. He’s so mischievous and just keeps me on my toes so I really enjoyed doing a lot of my press tour and promotion for this film with Mads. he tickles me He always has a joke up his sleeve. He is a pure Slytherin through and through. It was just a pleasure. It was just really fun. And he’s just really nice. He’s really, really nice, but he’s always bad. Somehow there is always something going on with him.”
If you’re looking for more from Williams, you’ve come to the right place in this department! You can listen to our unedited conversation in podcast form below to learn how important family support is to Williams’ success and how grateful she is to have worked with a kind boss like him Jon Stewarthow Lally first came into contact with Dumbledore, and much more!
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