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.