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Erin Doherty Shape Shifts in ‘Chloe’


“We’re all coping with whether or not we feel worthy of things, like me going into the theater,” Doherty said. British class anxiety, which Doherty said she still experiences, is at the center of “Chloe.”

Alice Seabright, the show’s creator and author, spent a part of her childhood in France, and said that she was inquisitive about how, “Within the U.K., individuals are just so attuned to where individuals are from and folks’s backgrounds.” As Becky hides her real accent and background, her deception exposes the “world she’s entering as being filled with fictions — also filled with lies,” Seabright, 32, said.

Together with her tendency toward self-loathing, Becky is likely to be dismissed as unlikable. When she was casting the role, Seabright remembered something the filmmaker Mike Nichols once said: Go together with the person your character becomes by the top of the film. “There’s a warm energy to Erin that’s the alternative of who Becky is while you meet her,” she said. “Nevertheless it’s who she is underneath.” After casting Doherty in “The Crown,” Gold also selected Doherty for a job within the upcoming period feature “Firebrand.”

Doherty is drawn to material with a serious side. “I actually, really care about why people’s stories should be told,” she said. “Each time I’m going home, my dad is all the time like, ‘Are you gonna do anything funny?’” She developed this quiet intensity at drama school, she said, where she was “very, very serious” about her studies. “I used to be the one who didn’t exit in any respect,” she said. “I didn’t have a relationship. I didn’t really have many friends. The chums that I had were individuals who I admired.”

“Chloe” also explores the intensity of female friendship. Doherty never had many friends growing up, she said. But in a coffee shop overlooking the River Thames, she was effervescent company with an impish humorousness; it was difficult to assume her as a loner.

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