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Maisie of “The Kissing Booth 2” on Chloe and Representation Onscreen

[ Written on July 25 2020 by adminS ]

In the newly-released Kissing Booth sequel, Elle Evans (Joey King) returns to navigate senior year as she manages a long distance relationship with Noah Flynn (Jacob Elordi). But her insecurities peak when she meets Noah’s Harvard “friend” Chloe Winthrop, a “breathtaking, supermodel goddess” played by Maisie Richardson-Sellers.

Though Elle wants to hate who she sees as a romantic rival — and an encapsulation of everything she isn’t — she simply can’t dislike Chloe for too long. Chalk that up to the charisma and coolness that Maisie brings to the role, transforming the character from an “other woman” stereotype into a should-be heroine. “I think [Chloe] wants to uplift anyone that she’s around who she thinks is genuine and true,” Maisie tells Teen Vogue. “She is the kind of person who would host dinner parties and have everyone from all the different walks of her life come together and meet.”

After all, Chloe is a well-traveled, multilingual, sophisticated young woman attending a world-renowned institution. She tells great stories, and when she’s on screen, people gravitate to her.

Those things are true for Maisie as well; in fact, Chloe tells a story about a fictional trip to Zimbabwe, which stems from a real-life experience Maisie had while in South Africa. The 28-year-old was born at King’s College Hospital in London and raised by two actors. She grew up with her father in Brixton and her Guyanese mother in Dalston, who she credits with introducing her to West Side Story, which piqued her interest in film. With degrees in anthropology and archeology from Oxford University, she has always been “fascinated by the diversity of cultures and human experiences.”

“I come from theatre,” Maisie says. “I was obsessed with For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf. It moved me so deeply…so I put on the play, the first-ever production in the Oxford Union. The diversity of roles that I play is what intrigues me about acting. I want to play as many different worlds, people, and opinions as I possibly can.”

Prior to The Kissing Booth 2, she was best known for playing the role of Charlie, a pansexual shapeshifter, in The CW’s Legends of Tomorrow, and she also acted in Stars Wars: Episode VII and The Originals. Now, she has transitioned seamlessly from the supernatural realm to the world of romantic comedies.

Maisie believes The Kissing Booth 2 ultimately tries to challenge viewers to reimagine platonic relationships and confront their gendered assumptions where Elle, Chloe, and Noah are concerned. And as Chloe, Maisie plays a character we haven’t often gotten to see in teen rom-coms. Besides Gwyneth from the OMG Girls, Chloe is the one other Black supporting character in The Kissing Booth series, which is led by three white actors.

“So often, especially in this genre, we don’t see a lot of diversity, which is why I’m excited to finally be a part of this film and to change that,” Maisie says. “So many people around the world only experience people from different racial backgrounds, sexualities, or genders through the content they watch. I think we have a responsibility as creatives, artists, and storytellers to make sure that we are moving the social consciousness forward.”

Growing up as a young biracial girl, she felt the familiar, sharp pang of her Blackness being questioned. Her peers referred to her as the “whitest Black person they knew” and called her “bounty,” after the British chocolate-covered candy with coconut on the inside. Maisie says she was often the only Black girl and the only person of color in her classes; she was always the “bursary scholarship kid” in private school. In university, there were no Black students in her graduating class nor many Black professors.

Maisie seeks to help transform this homogeneity through acting. Though the sequel ever-so-slightly addresses the heteronormativity of its predecessor, The Kissing Booth is a symptom of an entire industry built around white, cisgender, heterosexual narratives. For Maisie, who uses she and they pronouns, watching Bette Porter (Jennifer Beals) in The L Word served as a “huge turning point” for her at 15 years old. The L Word inspired Maisie to find her own community, and she hopes a particular storyline in The Kissing Booth 2 will do the same for others.

“Even though I was already queer…I didn’t know how to be queer. I didn’t realize it could be so unique to every single person because all I was being fed was stereotypes and very shallow opinions,” she says. “We need to start [incorporating] these interesting storylines into these very commercial films because that is normal. There are queer people everywhere you look, there are people of color everywhere you look.”

Maisie says that her memorable performance in For Colored Girls showed her art’s profound ability to foster conversation and bridge differences. She is one of the co-founders of Shethority, an online collective created in 2017 by DC Comics actresses offering a space for woman-identifying individuals to empower one another. In addition to being named one of “The New Faces of Pride” by E!, Maisie is launching her own production company this year called Barefaced Productions. The first Barefaced film that she’s co-written and directed is Sunday’s Child, which follows a young queer woman of color in Los Angeles journeying from a place of isolation to self-acceptance and visibility.

“In Guyana, ‘barefaced’ is a pet name for someone who’s being quite cheeky, challenging the norm, outspoken and slightly controversial, but in an affectionate way,” Maisie says. “I was often called ‘barefaced’ growing up and I love that sense of taking off the veil and just honestly seeing something. I’m really excited to start seeing and creating content whereby every stage of the process is reflective of the stories that we’re telling.”

While a third Kissing Booth film isn’t yet confirmed, she says she would love to see Elle and Chloe become best friends. The biggest takeaway she wants people to get from The Kissing Booth 2 is that you should step into your light and bask in it rather than trying to hide it.

“I really want them to lean into their differences, to celebrate their uniqueness, and to know that those are their superpowers,” Maisie says. “Wherever you are in your time of life, you may feel ashamed of being the one who stands out. Just know that one day, that is going to be one of the most celebrated things about you.”

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Maisie Talks ‘Kissing Booth 2,’ Her ‘Legends’ Future and Working With Carrie Fisher

[ Written on July 25 2020 by adminS ]

The actress shares stories from her first on-camera job on ‘The Force Awakens’ and her recently launched Barefaced Productions.

With her very first on-camera job, Maisie Richardson-Sellers landed on the biggest stage possible, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. “What could have been a really intimidating experience” turned into something “pleasurable,” she recalls, thanks to her scene-mate, the late Carrie Fisher.

The British actress, who also plays punk-rock shapeshifter Charlie on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, is expanding her purview with the recently launched Barefaced Productions, a company that will focus on storytelling about people of color and the LGBTQAI+ community. As such, the banner’s first project is the short film Sunday’s Child, which centers on a young, isolated queer woman and her journey to self-acceptance (Richardson-Sellers co-wrote and directed). In her latest acting gig, The Kissing Booth 2, the self-described “nerd” plays Chloe, a British co-ed who grows close to Noah (played by Jacob Elordi). Netflix begins streaming the film, a follow-up to 2018’s breakout The Kissing Booth, on July 24.

THR caught up with the Richardson-Sellers on Zoom as she showed off her recently planted vegetable garden at her L.A. home while discussing her Legends future, mastering pool on Kissing Booth and spending one-on-one time with Carrie Fisher in her trailer.

What was your best moment on Kissing Booth 2?
I have always wanted to play pool, be a cool, good, pool player. And Chloe happens to be amazing at pool. So I got training with this champion pool player three times a week. Then it came to filming this pool scene, and I managed to do the whole thing without needing a double, sank all the shots while still remembering my lines. That was definitely an achievement for me.

What was the toughest moment?
Having food poisoning was tough. Joey [King] and I both had food poisoning at the same time when we were filming. That was definitely a challenge.

Describe your co-star Jacob in three words.
A gentle, reflective giant.

Are you done with Legends? Because it was left open ended at the end of the season?
Is anyone ever done on Legends (Laughs.)? But I have left the show as a series regular, which was a really tough but positive decision that I made because I really want to pour more energy and time into Barefaced Productions and getting projects off the ground, and I just couldn’t do that with the [Legends] shooting schedule. I learned so much from Legends. It was such a family environment, and I love them all. And I’ve made it very clear that if they ever actually accidentally need Charlie or Amaya for a mission, I’d be more than down. So, I don’t think it’s fully goodbye yet. I hope. I’m not dead. And even dying means nothing on the show anyway.

What’s been the best moment of your career?
I directed a play, a production of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow is Enuf, which is this choreo-poem by Ntozake Shange. It looks at the Black female experience across America and the diversity of that and also the similarities. It is just so raw and inspiring and heartbreaking. To direct something that was that charged and to also be able to be in it was just phenomenal. It reminded me why I do what I do and the power of art to challenge and heal.

Worst moment of your career?
The first year was tough because I was so emotionally invested in everything that I tried out for. I did like six auditions for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which was intense, and then obviously did not get the lead but still got another small part. J.J. Abrams was so sweet, so lovely to me and he gave me a part in the film. My first ever on-camera experience was a scene with Carrie Fisher. I had no idea what I was doing. I had never been on a set before. I had only done theater up until that point. It was an overwhelming but amazing baptism by fire. It turned what could have been a painful experience into a really positive one, a learning experience.

What do you remember about working with Carrie?
She was the most gentle, sweet, down to earth. I walked on set and she just beamed at me and she said, “We’ve got this.” I was like, “This is my first time.” And she was just so kind and generous and just ended up making it into such a pleasurable experience, what could have been a really intimidating experience. And then afterwards, I went to her trailer to say thank you and she was like, “Come in.” I sat with her, and we had a chat. And she was just so open and just so willing to share. I was there for two days. She didn’t have to be like that with technically a day player.

What profession would you do if not this?
I’ve actually almost had many lives. I went to Oxford to study anthropology and archaeology, and I had this idea of working for the U.N. as researcher or as a documentary filmmaker. I also almost went in to do human rights law.

There’s a lot of Oxford grads in film and TV. Do you have a secret handshake?
(Laughs.) My parents both being actors basically said, “Look, we know how hard this can be. Do it, that’s fine, but please just get a degree, just have something.” I was like, “Fine. I love studying.” I thought let me just do whatever I’m most passionate about and let me go to Oxford because I know that a lot of actors do still come out of Oxford for some reason. So it was slightly tactical. They have a fantastic drama department there. It’s sort of off campus, their drama society. I was a big member of that as well. And lots of agents come and see the plays that come out of Oxford, and that’s how my agent found me. It’s a nice alternative to going to drama school. Great networking and a fantastic degree at the same time.

As an actress, who would be your dream director?
Barry Jenkins. With Moonlight, he completely took my heart and still has it. To me it was a perfect piece of art — from the cinematography to the acting to the script, the use of light as a character within the story and as a metaphor for the character’s journey, the evolution of relationships. It’s such a complete world that he creates in such a tender way and it’s a way that I haven’t seen the LGBTQAI+ experience represented before. Also, Dee Rees and Sean Baker. Tangerine was fantastic. He shot the whole thing on the iPhone.

As a director, who would you most like to direct?
Meryl Streep. She is the queen. It would be a joy to work with her in any aspect — to direct her, to act with her, hold her coffee. I’ll do it.

What is the meaning behind “Barefaced”?
My mum is from Guyana and my gran is Guyanese, and we are extremely, extremely close. In Guyana, “barefaced” is a phrase we use to describe someone who is challenging the norm, being a bit cheeky, being out there, being controversial. It’s an affectionate slang word.

What are you currently reading?
I just finished Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo. It’s amazing. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen myself represented in a book. There is a queer, mixed-race, Guyanese actress in the book, which is really cool. I really devoured that one.

What was your first job?
An assistant on the shop floor of a Jack Wills in London. I remember being so excited. I was 16. I worked behind the till. I just felt like I made it, that independence and that pocket money and not having to lean on my parents was just really cool. I remember my first paycheck, I split it between the two of them and I was like, “Thank you. You don’t have to worry about me anymore, I got me. And thank you for everything you’ve done.” And that was a really powerful moment.

What’s the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you?
My granny. She has lived such a life. She has lived the life of seven people. The journey of coming through Guyana to England and raising three children by herself. She has the most amazing ability to find humor in any situation. Every time I speak to her on the phone, she just says, “Be strong.” And I have that voice in the back of my head always. She also taught me vulnerability is a sign of strength.

What do you love most about the fan community?
I love going to Comic-Cons, to conventions because it’s so nice to finally be able to interact with the people who are enjoying what you’re creating. I love the Legends fans because I’m a massive nerd and they are mostly nerds and we can just sort of geek out together. It’s really heartwarming and humbling when people come up to you and tell you the impact that the character you played has had on their lives. It just reminds me why I’m doing it, to be honest.

What do you like least about the fan community?
When they turn on each other. It’s so sad sometimes when someone will say something that someone doesn’t quite agree with. Sometimes I think fan communities can be a little bit too quick to tear people apart, which makes me sad. I am very lucky with the people that seem to follow me tend to be very open minded and generous people, and they really do take care for each other. I’ve noticed quite a lot of communities, micro-communities, being built within my fan group, and that makes me feel inspired.

What is the strangest dream you’ve had during the lockdown?
I did have a strange dream where I was best friends with Rihanna. We were traveling around together. She was on tour, and I was filming her as a backstage documentary. And it was so real. And I woke up and I was like, “I am best friends with Rihanna!” Every time I see her pop up now, I’m like, “Oh my girl.”

Is there an opportunity for Chloe to come back for a Kissing Booth 3?
If there is a number three, I would be there in a heartbeat. It definitely ends on a note where Chloe would be there.

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Maisie Appears on The Kelly Clarkson Show to Promote ‘Kissing Booth 2’

[ Written on July 15 2020 by adminS ]

‘The Kissing Booth 2’ Sets Premiere Date

[ Written on May 22 2020 by adminS ]

The Kissing Booth 2 has officially set its premiere date for July 24th! Last night during a live with Joey King and Maisie, we learned Maisie’s character is named Chloe.


The Cast of ‘The Kissing Booth 2’ Share Secrets LIVE

[ Written on May 22 2020 by adminS ]

Maisie appears about 11:30 into the video

Maisie Joins ‘The Kissing Booth 2’

[ Written on May 30 2019 by adminS ]

Legends of Tomorrow actress Maisie Richardson-Sellers and newcomer Taylor Perez are joining Joey King Joel Courtney, Jacob Elordi, Meganne Young, Carson White, and Molly Ringwald for Netflix’s The Kissing Booth 2. Vince Marcello is directing the follow-up which is based on smash YA book by Beth Reekles, who wrote the book at age 15 and self-published it on Wattpad before being snatched up by Random House.

Marcello and Jay Arnold co-wrote the script. King stars as Elle Evans, who just had the most romantic summer of her life with her reformed bad-boy boyfriend Noah Flynn (Elordi). But now Noah is off to Harvard, and Elle heads back to high school for her senior year. She’ll have to juggle a long-distance relationship, getting into her dream college with her best friend Lee (Courtney), and the complications brought on by a close friendship with a handsome, charismatic new classmate named Marco (Perez). When Noah grows close to a seemingly-perfect college girl (Richardson-Sellers), Elle will have to decide how much she trusts him and to whom her heart truly belongs.

Marcello is producing the sequel with Michele Weisler, Andrew Cole-Bulgin, and Edward Glauser. Filming is currently underway with a release date sometime in 2020.

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