She was beautiful, but not like those girls in the magazines. She was beautiful, for the way she thought. She was beautiful, for the sparkle in her eyes when she talked about something she loved. She was beautiful, for her ability to make other people smile, even if she was sad. No, she wasn’t beautiful for something as temporary as her looks. She was beautiful, deep down to her soul. She is beautiful.
Christina Ricci has made a name for herself as an actress
who can tap into complex roles – and her latest project is no exception. In
Amazon’s biographical series Z: The
Beginning of Everything, Ricci plays Zelda Fitzgerald, wife of author F.
Scott Fitzgerald. Zelda was known for her beauty and high spirits, but she also
struggled with mental illness and alcoholism.
Ricci explains a common misconception about Zelda:
“that she was this alcoholic crazy woman who ruined F. Scott Fitzgerald’s
life, and if not for her he would have had a great life.” It’s an idea
that was popularized by writer Ernest Hemingway, but as the actress points out,
“He was a huge misogynist.”
The truth, she says, is much more complicated.
“ I have an idea that Gatsby himself didn’t believe it would come, and perhaps he no longer scared. If that was true that he must have felt that he had lost the old warm world, paid a high price for living too long with a single dream. he must have looked up at the unfamiliar sky through frightening leaves and shivered as he found what a grotesque thing a rose is and how raw the sunlight was upon the scarcely created grass. A new world, material without being reran, where poor ghosts, breathing dreams like air, drifted fortuitously about….like that ashen, fantastic figure gliding toward him through the amorphous trees.”