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Samara Weaving on Why ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ Is a Must-Watch (WWD)

We’re getting spoiled this week, Samara fans! Yet another photoshoot has dropped, as Sam is currently featured on WWD’s official website with a brand new interview and photoshoot. You can read her feature below, and find the gorgeous new photoshoot in our gallery! Screencaps from the first three “Nine Perfect Strangers” episodes will be up next…

Samara Weaving on Why ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ Is a Must-Watch
The breakout Australian actress stars in summer’s next big series alongside Nicole Kidman, Michael Shannon and Melissa McCarthy.

Samara Weaving and fellow Aussie Nicole Kidman get their American accent the same way: dialect coach Liz Himelstein, who’s recently been working overtime being the bearer of good news to Weaving.

Kidman was attached to team up again with “Big Little Lies” writer David E. Kelley on an adaptation of another Liane Moriarty novel, “Nine Perfect Strangers,” and Himelstein got word through Kidman that Weaving was wanted for one of the roles.

“I looked it up and I was like, ‘Oh, my goodness.’ I bought the book and a couple of days later my agents rang and they told me that yeah, there was an offer for the role of Jessica. I was beside myself,” Weaving says over Zoom from her home in L.A. It kept getting better when she learned the list of who her co-stars would be — and the details around shooting. “Then they’re like, ‘And it’s filming in Australia and there’s no COVID-19 over there, and you’ll be in Byron on a paradise land,’” Weaving says. “[I was like] ‘I don’t even need to read the script. Let’s do it.’”

“Nine Perfect Strangers,” out today on Hulu, is the adaptation of “Big Little Lies” novelist Liane Moriarty’s book and was co-written for television by Kelley, who famously did “Big Little Lies” with Kidman for HBO. It follows a group of adults who check into a 10-day wellness retreat led by mysterious Russian guru Masha, played by Kidman, and it quickly becomes obvious that things are going to get a little bit more intense than massages and juice cleanses. It’s in many ways the perfect place to pick up right where “The White Lotus” left off, for one final good summer thrill.

Weaving, the 29-year-old rising Australian actress who has been making a name for herself since “Smilf” and “Hollywood,” stars alongside Michael Shannon, Melissa McCarthy, Luke Evans, Regina Hall and Bobby Cannavale as guests at the retreat; her character Jessica is an influencer addicted to her phone who arrives with her husband looking to renew their connection.

“This idea of being an influencer and how the world judges and perceives that…you have to be a real business person to get ahead in the influencer game. There’s so much competition, and to get ahead you have to know the algorithm and when to post, and what gets people’s attention. You have to really work on it all day, every day, and for some reason, and I’m guilty of this, too, there’s this judgmental reaction that we give these women, which is so strange. Why do we do that?” Weaving says.

To prepare she spent lots of time on Instagram following various influencers, and did a little bit of IRL following as well.

“The world was kind of normal [in Australia] so I was able to sit in coffee shops and walk around and watch influencers to see what phone calls they were making. I was just stalking,” she says. “It was a hard line, because it’s a comedy as well as a drama. I didn’t want to make fun of anyone. I just wanted to present a truth, and I always think anxiety is really funny, especially when it’s at its height, so I played around with that a lot. “

She describes the experience as “eye opening,” saying it led to a lot of self-reflection of how she perceives other women based on their looks.

“It was like a social experiment, because once I was in hair and makeup, which…they lifted my whole face with little wires and put fake teeth in. They contoured my lip so it looked like I had injections and stuff done. And people did treat me differently,” she says. “I would get talked down to a little bit, as if I was stupid.”

She was so altered that her face ID on her phone wouldn’t work when she was in character, and she says even the crew would talk differently to her when she was all doctored, versus her natural face.

She hopes that Jessica leads conversations among viewers similar to her own personal journey with learning not to judge.

“I even hear it now. I’ll just be in the car with friends, and someone will go, ‘Oh, she got too much filler.’ I’m just like, ‘Who cares, though?’” Weaving says. “I remember, when tabloids would be like, ‘They’ve ruined their face.’ Jesus, this is someone’s life. If it makes them feel better, what’s it to you?”

Weaving’s latest film, “Snake Eyes,” was recently released into theaters; during lockdown, after “Nine Perfect Strangers,” she went to Atlanta to shoot “The Valet” and is Prague bound soon to begin filming “Chevalier,” which has her studying opera singing.

“It takes four to 10 years to learn how to be an actual opera singer, and I’m trying to accomplish that in a couple of months — but I’m accepting and trying to just be OK with the process,” Weaving says. “So much of it is just being able to hold your breath for an inordinate amount of time.”

Photoshoots & Portraits > Photoshoots 2021 > 2021 – Session #007 (WWD)

Samara for Harper’s Bazaar September 2021 (Photoshoot + Interview)

We have another Samara photoshoot! To promote Nine Perfect Strangers, our girl is featured in the September 2021 issue of Harper’s BAZAAR, available on newsstands August 31. Our gallery has been updated with two photos from the shoot, and we will add scans to the gallery as soon as the magazine is released! Make sure to pick up your own copy when it hits the newsstands.

Samara Weaving Is About to Be Everywhere – With a handful of prestige projects on deck, the Aussie actress and former soap star is about to be everywhere.

To prepare for her role as Jessica, a social-media influencer struggling with body dysmorphia in Hulu’s Nine Perfect Strangers, Samara Weaving got to scrolling. “I won’t name any names, but there were a couple [influencers] that I followed very heavily and tracked,” she says. Weaving’s character is the walking, talking, spray-tanned embodiment of a Facetuned Instagram post. “It made me look at myself and how I judge other people’s social media. We never know what someone else is going through,” Weaving says. “Just kind of Sesame Street ideals. We don’t know, so maybe don’t judge.”

Strangers is the latest binge from producer David E. Kelley, who is responsible for hits Big Little Lies and The Undoing, putting a schadenfreudey magnifying glass on the problems of the one percent. (Like Big Little Lies, Strangers is adapted from a Liane Moriarty book; all three star Nicole Kidman.) The story centers on nine, well, strangers who gather at an idyllic retreat for 10 days of soul-searching led by a Russian guru meets cult leader named Masha, played by Kidman.“She has this presence that I can’t quite put my finger on,” Weaving says of her costar. “I don’t know if I’m projecting it or if she’s producing it, but there’s something going on, and it’s very magical.”

Bobby Cannavale, Melissa McCarthy, Regina Hall, Michael Shannon, and Luke Evans round out the all-star ensemble. Filming over five months in Byron Bay, Australia, the cast developed a close bond, quarantining together and spending days off gathering for barbecues at Evans’s home and exploring local waterfalls. Never mind that Weaving’s uncle is the actor Hugo Weaving, of Lord of the Rings fame—the 29-year-old Adelaide, Australia, native was giddy in the presence of her castmates. “I still get starstruck by every single person. I was so weird around everyone,” she says.“I was freaking out when I saw Melissa, and I couldn’t speak when I met Michael Shannon. It’s something I need to work on.”

Weaving began acting early; her parents put her in classes when she was a child, with the hopes of combating her shyness.“I remember feeling the sense of freedom in it,” she recalls. She was the drama captain in high school and acted in student productions, and she says the real turning point in her decision to pursue acting came after seeing Pirates of the Caribbean at age 12. “I was exported out of this world,” she says. “I was just so filled with curiosity, and I knew I wanted to be a part of whatever just happened to me. I wanted to know how to get an invitation to that party.”

Weaving came up following in the footsteps of so many boldfaced Aussie names, starring in more than 300 episodes of the long-running soap Home and Away. (Chris Hemsworth, Naomi Watts, and the late Heath Ledger are all alums.) She joined the cast when she was just 17 and immediately became tabloid fodder. She remembers the Daily Mail running a story about her that sent her into a spiral. Her parents, she says, have always been there to keep her grounded. “I was making such a big deal out of it,” Weaving says. “My parents were like, ‘No one cares. Stop this behavior right now. You’re not the center of the universe. Do the dishes; pull your head in.’ So I’m very grateful that they’ve instilled that humility in me, because I could easily have gone the other way.”

After Home and Away, Weaving moved to London to look for more work. But it wasn’t until she teamed up with drama coach Leigh Kilton-Smith that things began to click. The change, Weaving says, “was like night and day. She taught me everything that I know now.” Within one month of working with Kilton-Smith, Weaving booked her first part in the States, quickly followed by the leading role in The Babysitter, director McG’s 2017cult horror film.

And now, with the recent announcements of Weaving’s next projects—she’ll star alongside Brad Pitt in Damien Chazelle’s Babylon and as Holly Madison in Down the Rabbit Hole (“It’s going to blow the socks off of what people think of Playboy and Hugh Hefner,” she says)—it’s safe to say her invites to the Hollywood party will be rolling in for years to come.

Hair: Rachel Lee Wright for Oribe Hair Care; Makeup: Natasha Severino for Nars; Production: Viewfinders.

Samara for ContentMode August 2021 (Photoshoot)

Hello Samara fans! The first three episodes of Nine Perfect Strangers have now been released on Hulu, and to promote the show our girl is featured in the August issues of ContentMode. 27 gorgeous outtakes from her photoshoot have been released, and can now be found in our gallery! We’ll be on the lookout for scans and/or the interview, stay tuned.

Photoshoots & Portraits > Photoshoots 2021 > 2021 – Session #005 (ContentMode)

Foxtel Magazine – May 2018 Digital Scans

Samara, Lily Sullivan & Madeleine Madden are featured in the May 2018 issue of Foxtel Magazine to promote “Picnic at Hanging Rock“! I have updated our gallery with high quality digital scans. Make sure to pick up your own copy if you have it in your area, and stay tuned for more updates related to the show now that the premiere is approaching…

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Samara for Women’s Health Australia (April 2018)

Samara is the April 2018 cover girl of the Australian magazine Women’s Health! Her cover and spread were photographed by the very talented photographer Steven Chee. Stay tuned for digital magazine scans and outtakes as soon as the magazine hits the stands! Make sure to pick up your own copy if you’re in Australia.

Qantas Magazine’s QStyle March 2018 Magazine Scans

As written in our previous post, Samara is the covergirl of Qantas Magazine‘s QStyle issue this month. Following the beautiful photoshoot outtakes added yesterday, I have now added high quality digital scans of the spread to our gallery! I have also typed up the article, which you can read below. Samara discusses rising to fame, the hardest parts of being an actress, her hometown Sydney and her current hometown Los Angeles.

Samara Weaving is the type of person who’d bristle at the word “journey”. But if anyone’s been on one, it’s her. The 26-year-old niece of acclaimed Australian actor Hugo Weaving was born in Adelaide and raised all over Asia and Europe by her academic parents before spending four years on the fictional streets of Home and Away’s Summer Bay (like Isla Fisher and Chris Hemsworth before her). Since then she’s ping-ponged between Australia and the United States, officially relocating to Los Angeles after landing the lead role (of a murderous babysitter) in Netflix’s 2017 horror-comedy smash The Babysitter.A buzz has trailed Weaving ever since,growing louder after her small but memorable part in the awards-season steamroller Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,Missouri opposite Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell. Then there was her on-point portrayal of an irritatingly perfect girlfriend in the breakout hit SMILF (the second season is currently in production), a raw and honest dramedy about a twenty something single mum. Later this year, Weaving will star as ill-fated schoolgirl Irma Leopold in the television adaptation of Australian classic Picnic at Hanging Rock alongside Game of Thrones alum Natalie Dormer – a series so hotly anticipated that it sparked a network bidding war in the US. On an increasingly rare visit home, Weaving took time out to dress up and talk shop.

You’ve become very visible very quickly…
Once I’d booked The Babysitter– which was on The Black List [a list of the most hyped but as-yet-unproduced scripts in Hollywood] for years – it felt like I finally had my foot in the door. I’ve been in the industry for 10 years and not having to jump through as many hoops when it comes to auditions is really refreshing.
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