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Elizabeth Debicki talks Ripley with Jude Law and Matt Damon at the Met Gala




Elizabeth Debicki talks Ripley with Jude Law and Matt Damon at the Met Gala

It’s two weeks after Elizabeth Debicki attended the Met Gala. She is now in Los Angeles where Emmy is campaigning for her work as Princess Diana in “The Crown.”

I meet her at Netflix’s FYC pop-up in Hollywood for a quick chat before she takes part in a panel discussion with ‘The Crown’ creator Peter Morgan. We get a few seats in the “Ripley” room. “I’m sorry I couldn’t be there,” Debicki says of the streamer’s adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s 1955 crime novel “The Talented Mr. Ripley.” “Not that anyone asked.”

But then she suddenly thinks about the Met Gala. “I was between Jude Law and Matt Damon,” Debicki says. “At that moment, one margarita in, I thought, ‘Oh, my God.’ I’m in a Ripley sandwich.”

However, she did not share her thoughts with the original “Ripley” actors.

“I had so much fun,” Debicki says of Anna Wintour’s annual museum fundraiser. “I’ve been there before and had less fun. Maybe I’m older and wiser and I thought, ‘Fuck it, I’m here in a big dress and a big wig, I might as well have a good time.’

While Debicki campaigns for Emmy love, it’s also bittersweet because it marks the end of her time on “The Crown.” “It’s been a slow process to get rid of it,” she says. ‘I took my treasures out of it. It’s twofold. On a personal level, I learned a lot from playing that character and as an actor it was an extremely terrifying challenge.

Debicki has already filled her shelves with awards for “The Crown.” When she won the BAFTA over ‘Succession’ star Sarah Snook, she looked genuinely surprised: ‘The truth is that Sarah, who I have known for many years because she and I auditioned for everything, just thought I was watching ‘Succession’ and I loved her work. I just hedged my bets in the other direction, away from myself.”

Not long after, Debicki visited Snook backstage after a performance of her West End production of “The Picture of Dorian Gray”: “I just looked at her and said, ‘What the hell happened?'”

After wrapping “The Crown,” Debicki made her horror movie debut in “MaXXXine.” When she agreed to take on the role, her team was a little surprised. “I think they thought I was going to say, ‘Why are you sending me this?’” Debicki says. “But I thought it was brilliant. I sat down and read it, and I read it straight through. That’s my test. I called them back and said, ‘Let’s do it.’

She has been given horror scripts in the past. “It’s not really something for me, because that world is so dark. I’m very careful about the things I want to do to myself,” Debicki said. ‘I’ve often thought, ‘Oh God, I can barely read that. It’s too scary.’ But this is different because its trilogy is the 80s. The quality of it… And I know I joined this beautiful group of people.