Mice, landline telephones and sex scenes — these are a few of Julia Garner, Marsha Stephanie Blake and Michael Kelly’s least favorite things.
The Emmy-nominated supporting actors from Netflix series “Ozark,” “When They See Us” and “House of Cards,” respectively, sat for a Q&A session with TheWrap at the Landmark Theater in Los Angeles Tuesday, and talked about their Emmy-nominated work — as well as some amusing stories behind their most dreaded moments on set.
“In Season 1, there’s one scene where I put a mouse in the water,” Garner, who plays Ruth on “Ozark,” said with a groan. “Ugh, God! I hate rodents, so I don’t like mice and rats. Just the tails — I didn’t know how scared I was.”
There was a “mouse-wrangler” on set, she added, who told her to think of the tails “like spaghetti,” or “like touching a phone cord.”
“I’m like, ‘This is not like a phone cord.’ I tried picking it up, and then I’m like, ‘I gotta go wash my hands.’ I was hyperventilating, it was so bad. And then they needed a hand double,” she laughed. “Every time I watch that scene I’m like, ‘Oh, wow.'”
But for Kelly, who played Doug Stamper on “House of Cards,” the absolute worst scenes to shoot are “any of my sex scenes,” he said.
“There is nothing like having to put on that thong thing and walk around the crew and stand in front of teamsters with this frickin’ nude colored thong,” he said. “It wasn’t even nice shades or colors. It was a beige thong. It just, it’s like a sock. So anytime I had to get naked, those were definitely my least favorite.”
Blake, the only one of the three who plays a real person — the late Linda McCray, mother to Anton McCray of the Central Park Five case — said her least favorite scene to film for Ava DuVernay’s “When They See Us” only lasted for about three seconds on screen, but took her a frustrating amount of takes to get right.
“There’s this scene when I’m laying on a bed, and I get a phone call and I have papers in front of me, but I’m laying down but I have to reach for the phone, answer the phone, and then casually sort of pretend like this is something I do all the time,” she said. “We don’t have those phones anymore. It’s attached to a cord (laughs)… It felt so awkward. Ava was like, ‘You clearly have never done any paperwork in bed while laying down.’ And I’m like, ‘Not laying down!'”
“It took forever. When I saw it on screen, I could see my discomfort. You probably couldn’t, but I definitely — even talking about it now, I feel uncomfortable. So that was my least favorite scene,” she said.
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