‘Conversations with friends’ cast on adaptation of the hit book

The Conversations with Friends is about adapting the hit book

A long-awaited film adaptation of Irish author Sally Rooney’s debut novel “Conversation with Friends” premieres this weekend and follows in the footsteps of her book, which became a TV hit “Normal People”.

Alison Oliver and Sasha Lane star as ex-boyfriends and now best friends, Frances and Bobbi, who meet the elderly couple Melissa and Nick, played by Jemima Church and Joe Alwyn, during a poetry evening in Dublin. The story follows their different relationships while their lives are intertwined.

Reuters spoke with the actors about the series, which premieres on BBC and Hulu on May 15, and delighted fans of the book.

Below are excerpts edited for length and clarity.

Q: What is the central conversation in the series?

Oliver: “What I took from the book was that you can not really control (things) … so much for Frances is control and she realizes that you can not control who you love or how many people you love. You just love them and hope for the best. I think it’s a really interesting message and a journey that they all take on. “

Q: Did you feel pressured to please fans of the book?

Alwyn: “It’s nice to be a part of something … that people love so much, of course … there are nerves in wanting to do the book and the characters justice that people like a lot. But next to that It is a thrill and a privilege to be asked to be a part of (it), and it means a lot. You have to put those nerves aside, at least when you do it. “

Lane: “It’s a show, and it’s based on the book … it’s two different things. You had real people playing these out, taking emotions written down or not even fully … it’s through Frances’ perspective, and you “write again that way, and then you put it into a show where you actually include those characters. It’s just a whole other thing. “

Q: Were there any unexpected challenges during the filming?

Church: “The challenge of being a mother and being an actor is one that is not talked about so often, especially as a single mother. It is actually not one thing. It is not possible to be good at both. There is always one thing missing on the one hand … (the) most time I have spent away from my children is probably six or seven weeks, and the only other mothers I know who I know who do are army mothers.

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