Australian actress Ashleigh Cummings is seen enjoying Abby in Russo Brothers’ Citadel. The worldwide spy collection stars Richard Madden and Priyanka Chopra Jonas in pivotal roles as Mason and Nadia. Citadel will embrace spin-off reveals in numerous languages set within the Italian Alps, India, Spain, and Mexico. It’ll star Varun Dhawan and Samantha Ruth Prabhu. On this interview, Ashleigh Cummings spoke about Citadel, working with Priyanka Chopra and Richard Madden, and extra:
What drew you to the position of Abby Conroy?
ASHLEIGH CUMMINGS: I had auditioned for the Russos beforehand, however couldn’t partake within the undertaking on account of scheduling conflicts. I used to be at my physician’s examination desk once I acquired a name with the supply for Citadel. I believed the brothers had been providing me a one-liner comfort prize which, truthfully, I’d have been thrilled with! However then I learn the script and was floored to be provided such a wealthy position. I cherished that Abby embodies a sure type of romantic mundanity and security amidst the dopamine and adrenaline rush of the present. These qualities are sometimes judged in our society and in our storytelling, however in Citadel, they had been celebrated and met with recognition of their worth, whereas additionally permitting Abby to be a particular and expansive character in her personal proper.
Additionally, the concept we may very well be many issues without delay was infused into each side of the present, and I appreciated that Abby’s strains weren’t as clear-cut as they appeared, both. Having full-bodied and incongruous characters represented on-screen was genuinely refreshing to learn. It resonates extra with me than the normal archetypes we’ve grow to be accustomed to seeing in our narratives.
How was it appearing reverse your fellow castmates? Any memorable moments on set?
ASHLEIGH CUMMINGS: Richard’s mind is electrical, and he’s at all times 10 steps forward. He has such an intuition for the architectural necessities of scene and story—which I feel stems from his theatre expertise—so it’s a artistic dream to be seen with him. He’s additionally exceptionally beneficiant and attuned, so if I’m not getting one thing, he’ll work it with me or shock me with what he is aware of I want throughout my protection. He made me really feel each personally and creatively very supported and was positively a tethering level for me in the entire expertise.
How was it working with Priyanka Chopra?
ASHLEIGH CUMMINGS: Priyanka’s creativity is immense, and I really like working collectively due to her spontaneity. Her versatility on and off-screen is one thing I deeply admire as a result of she is ready to transfer with such grace via myriad circumstances. One second she will probably be discovering levity and laughing between takes, and the following, she is within the trenches of humanity doing a darkish scene with Richard. She has a household, is a humanitarian, a businesswoman, an writer, a number, and a phenomenal colleague and pal. I used to be fairly sick throughout filming, and she or he hand-curated one of the best get-well basket I’ve ever acquired.
How does Citadel examine to different movie and tv productions you’ve labored on when it comes to its scale and scope?
ASHLEIGH CUMMINGS: I’ve by no means labored on something even near this scale earlier than, each when it comes to manufacturing worth and in its institution of a artistic universe. I bear in mind strolling on set the primary day, and Richard was taking pictures an motion sequence on the largest inexperienced display screen I’ve ever seen. I acquired Jell-O legs trying round on the gargantuan machine in operation with and round him. It regarded like a theme park with a whole bunch of attendees, lots of them hoping that one man with a fake gun would hit his mark. It felt like a whole lot of stress. However all that type of falls away after they name motion, and also you’re within the ring along with your scene companion.
Citadel is an action-packed collection from begin to end. How did you want working with the stunt groups?
ASHLEIGH CUMMINGS: The stunt groups had been distinctive, and I want their line of labor acquired extra recognition from our business! My position wasn’t tremendous stunt heavy, however I labored with Nikki [Powell] and her workforce to study in regards to the philosophies behind sure martial arts, determine what fashion of preventing my character may need engaged in, and the way these items would possibly affect basic physicality and worldview. Then if we had time, they’d swing me round on the ropes for a bit, or they’d train me some boxing or wushu. They had been a significant artistic power and nice mates all through the shoot.
What are you able to tease about your character’s arc over the course of the season?
ASHLEIGH CUMMINGS: We see Abby step into survival mode after her steady, contented life is upended, and we nudge round in her previous somewhat bit, too. Abby’s arc will peel away components of her managed veneer and reveal some darker corners of her previous as properly. As Tucci says within the trailer, “Every thing you recognize is a lie.”