One of my aunties is a poet. [11] The show ended in 2015 after one season. In 2019, she began starring as Lyra Belacqua in the television series His Dark Materials, for which she was nominated for a BAFTA Cymru Aw… KEEN: I would love to be in West Side Story. 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Choose an adventure below and discover your next favorite movie or TV show. and Some Like It Hot were my favorite two films, ever, and then I had a big Singin’ in the Rain phase. For example, there’s this thing I have with Lyra, and that is that Lyra never says “Have to”—she always says “Need.” So, there’s little things like that. 'His Dark Materials' Scribe Jack Thorne Co-Writes BBC Factual Drama On Disabled Civil Rights. I’d done circus since I was tiny, so I went, “I do silks,” and obviously the casting directors were like, “Well, that’s not good enough.”. So, there’s all of these amazing, young actresses right now, which are blossoming, which is crazy,” the actress says. They’ve helped me mature a lot, I think. Her paternal great-grandfather was... 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So, the experience of being there every day for a few months, just watching them rehearse, was amazing for me. KEEN: I’ve always thought, “When I’m older, I’ll probably also do that.” I really want to direct, and I really want to write. Film critic Amari Allah commenting on her "charisma and presence" and wrote how Keen and Garcia "enhance each other’s presence to the point you can forgive the film’s shortcomings. I just had a different brain. DEADLINE: As a lover of musicals, what would be your dream musical to appear in, either on stage or on screen? On Season 1, I’d go and ask the DoPs, “Why are you doing this? KEEN: I’ve just been a really physical person my entire life. Hugh is one of the most humble people, and he said to me, he tries to talk to everyone on set. They sculpted; they drew. My parents are very, very political. He’s as mindful as possible, and I saw that from the beginning. DEADLINE: You got an enormous response to your first big feature role in Logan. KEEN: It was horrible. "[19] For the role, she was nominated for a BAFTA Cymru Award for Best Actress in 2020. I really fell in love with acting then, because I realized that it’s not only the acting. Like, I would have loved to do that, but it’s absolutely crazy. Acting-wise, I’ve got to be with legends, which is amazing, and the amazing director Jamie Childs, who has really taught me a lot. I was really embarrassed for the entire audition. What has this experience been like? He was really good about making me feel safe and good, because as a child actor, you have lots of directors who will undermine you, and who will make you feel like you have no sort of experience or say in anything, because you’re a child. [4] She is the daughter of British actor Will Keen, and Galician actress,[5][6] theatre director and writer María Fernández Ache. When I was little, with people at school who aren’t as creative as me, I used to feel really misplaced, because they’d go out and do things that normal kids do, and I would like to just stay home. I just want to do as many different things as possible. I really admire method actors, but I do have little things in mind, just to keep the continuity of the character. DEADLINE: What is your approach to tapping into a character? DEADLINE: As you mentioned, you’ve grown up in a family full of different kinds of artists. [12] The film opened to critical and financial success, and is considered to be one of the best superhero movies of all time. My parents are actors and directors and stuff, and then I’ve got another aunt who’s a writer. So, I was quite nervous about that, and they just made me feel really at home. KEEN: I think I’ve learned something from everyone. I went in there, and had to do this audition with this boy who was supposed to be my brother, and he was so arrogant. We want to hear from you! DEADLINE: Your most recent project is HBO and BBC One’s adaptation of His Dark Materials. A native of Spain, the 15-year-old made her big-screen debut with Wolverine send-off Logan, before taking on the lead role in epic fantasy series, His Dark Materials. So, it’s quite fun. Dafne Keen is a British-Spanish actress, best known for her work in Logan as Wolverine’s miniature counterpart, Laura. I did have that feeling, but they sort of saved it a bit, because I felt like I wasn’t weird. I remember it was an after-school activity at my small state primary school in Madrid. James really made me feel like, even if I was 11, I was an actor, and I had a say in my character. I think also, I’ve grown up a lot since Season 1. Do you have any particularly fond memories from the Season 1 shoot? She is the daughter of British actor Will Keen, and Spanish actress, theatre director and writer María Fernández Ache. Looking for something to watch? DAFNE KEEN: The first book that I really loved, which my dad read to me, was Watership Down, and that really impacted me. From the actress’s perspective, Lyra is the kind of character we need to see more of on screen—a young woman defined by her intelligence and strength, who serves as an example for others, just as she hopes to do. Subscribe to Deadline Breaking News Alerts and keep your inbox happy. KEEN: Hugh’s taught me so much about acting, and just being a better person in general. I love Anita; Maria is quite fun. But I guess now because I’m older—and my mom pushes me to work harder and harder, the older I get—I feel like I do work harder on actually thinking about the character. When I was little, I’d just walk on set, and the character would sort of grow [organically]. Keen was born in Madrid. “[Women are] finally being listened to. KEEN: Filming scene with Ruth is just crazy. But during a recent re-watch of Logan, Mangold made sure to point out to his followers that one of the main reasons why the blockbuster works so well is the performance of Dafne Keen … I’m not a method actress. [3] She made her debut starring as Ana "Ani" Cruz Oliver on the television series The Refugees (2014–2015). 2, Burke's Peerage, Ltd, 2003, p. 1987, Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association, "Dafne Keen on Instagram: "Had the best 14th birthday ever on the 4th!!!! But for Jackman's Logan costar Dafne Keen, the opportunity to play Laura/X-23 again is one that she'd definitely be open to. It’s the fact that you did it, all in a group. In the adaptation of Philip Pullman’s acclaimed series of novels, Keen plays Lyra, an orphan living with Oxford scholars, who is pulled into a multi-world reality. Honestly, when I did the auditions, I was really insecure, because I remember I went in, and there was this really beautiful, blonde, American girl [auditioning]. DEADLINE: What have you most enjoyed about working with your co-stars on His Dark Materials, like Ruth Wilson and Lin-Manuel Miranda? DEADLINE: Tell us about your first-ever audition. I was eight, and hadn’t done anything before in my life, and this guy kept ranting on. Keen began acting in 2014, starring alongside her father in the BBC television series The Refugees, where she played Ana "Ani" Cruz Oliver. I write in my free time quite a lot. I spent my entire childhood in rehearsal rooms, because my parents are actors, but when I was six or seven, I started actually paying attention to what was happening, and I loved it. My parents have been very good about letting me be a kid, but introducing me into the adult world simultaneously, so that when you’re 18, it’s not suddenly like, “You don’t know anything about it, but vote.”. I also want to study photography and be a DoP at some point. But I think what really made me want to act was Some Like It Hot. VFX-wise, I’ve learned a lot, because I really get on with [VFX supervisor] Russell Dodgson, and he explains everything to me. Launch dates for broadcast, cable and streaming programs, Up-to-date lists for broadcast, cable and streaming series, Pandemic-proof vs. pandemic-contingent broadcast lineups, Signup for Breaking News Alerts & Newsletters, Get our latest storiesin the feed of your favorite networks. Keen did not take on any new projects until 2 years later, when she co-starred with Hugh Jackman in the 2017 superhero film Logan as the mutant Laura, the child clone of Wolverine. So, you don’t know what she’s going to do. And I have so many memories with Lin. Why are you doing that?”. On my mom’s side, they weren’t artists, but they loved art. She is the daughter of British actor Will Keen, and Spanish actress, theatre director and … I was completely obsessed with that book when I was little.

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