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Grainger admits to being drawn to roles with a bad-girl edge, from the manipulative Lucrezia Borgia to the unfeeling Estella in Great Expectations to the bank-robbing O.G. Bonnie Parker. “I think all the characters I’ve played have had an element of putting up a front,” she says. “Bonnie was single-minded, fame-hungry, selfish, and shallow, but I still liked her. It’s great to play someone with emotional complexity.” (x)

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WHAT DID YOU LEARN ABOUT YOURSELF AS AN ACTRESS THROUGH PLAYING THAT ROLE?

Playing Lucrezia was great because I got to develop her from a 13-year-old to a young woman over the seasons. I felt very in control of her, and I felt like I grew up with her in a way. When I started, it was my first long job away from home. It’s almost like going to university. I don’t know how much I learned as an actress, but I definitely grew in confidence. Sometimes life imitates art with confidence; when I’m playing a character who is very self-assured, I become more self-assured myself because I have to bring it. I was the only young girl in a hugely male-dominated cast and crew, and I think when you have important men around you all the time, you do need to learn how to assert yourself without being the “pretty little girl”.

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Some think she is a selfish, manipulative villainess who poisons people and has incestuous relationships with her family, Some see her as the pawn in her family’s game, and she is just weak and does what they say. Other people see her as a very strong woman who manipulates the situation to get the best outcome for herself and her family. I obviously like the third one!

«There’s so many times where you find yourself  playing a part and have to go through stuff which, at that exact time, appears in your personal life. that’s the magic. i think if i haven’t been an actress i’d have been a psychologist.»

<3 — Lotte Verbeek​