Part one (the file is too big so part two will be up tomorrow) of Julia’s adorable interview with Richard Bacon that aired on Thursday 15 November 2012. He asks her a lot of lovely, insightful, refreshing questions, and here they chat about her experience of working with Sky; their mutual love for the HBO series “Girls”; and how Alex MacQueen is a “funny, eccentric man” who “could never remember his lines.”
Julia and one twin lol. I didn’t want to intrude on the family but got a sneaky pic.
I’m dying from all the cuteness of this family
BRAND NEW ARTICLE FROM THE TIMES:
f-z) Julian is all “tempered wit and wry restraint”; not shy. Julian is “determined” and “nicely at an angle to what’s going on around him”.
Davis, he says, always amazes him as a performer. “She has such a work ethic. And she knows what she’s about, she’s sure of her area. Whereas I’m still trying to figure mine out, I think.”
Julia’s interview on Radio 4 from Tuesday 21 August 2012. Some highlights include:
Interviewer: “Have you got [Sky Atlantic]?”
Julia: “I haven’t right now… [laughs]”
“I do sometimes wish I could play someone nice and pretty and all of those things, but it just doesn’t seem to be my fate.”
[about her relationship with Julian, in response to the (incredibly exasperating) “Being married to another comedian must be a RIOT!?!?!?!?!” question]
“No, we do [laugh a lot]. I think we’re probably like many other couples; we have normal amounts of laughing and not laughing. I don’t think we’re particularly hilarious.”
“I think with me, I’m somewhere between someone who’s sort of riddled with anxiety and [someone who] can get depressed. […] And I think with children, they’re just lovely and inspiring, but also you can’t… you just have to get on with it. So that’s a good thing for me.”
Now for the bit she really hates – having her photograph taken. I can tell that she’s being made self-conscious by the experience, not because of the repeated suggestion by Rick the photographer that I should keep her distracted with more questions, but because all I can now see of Davis with my myopic eyesight is her dazzling smile. And it’s getting bigger and bigger and bigger and bigger.
“I would love to just finally make all the things I have written – I have quite a pile sitting here.”
Does she ever worry that a happier temperament might interfere with her kind of creativity? That she might become too happy? “I don’t think there’s any chance of that,” Davis says. If anything, the fragile joys of parenthood have only attuned her further to joy’s flipside. “There’s an intimacy, a pure thing, that you can have only with them, and you know it can’t last, because they’re so tiny… There’s just a wishing that those high moments could be all the time.” She looks at them, she says, and thinks: “Are you born with this personality that’s going to be too sensitive, like me, and find things alarming?” Then again, “there’s something about their joyousness that makes you go: ‘Wow. Was I like that?’ And it does remind you – yes, I do sort of remember bounding out of bed. It makes you feel, oh, OK, somewhere in me there’s that kind of person still.”
I should know better, but can’t help wondering aloud whether a household of two comedians entails constant one-upmanship via jokes, or tensions over who gets to use a particularly funny bit of dinner-table conversation in his or her professional work. The answer is no (and actually, when you think about it, how unbearably annoying would that be?). “But of course there are [tensions],” Davis says. “Because comedians do frequently have a depressive side to them, and then if you combine that with who’s working and who’s not working…” Again, she seems to take herself aback: “This is generally an area I don’t go into.” Anyway, she continues, “what’s really good is that our comedy’s so different… I genuinely like the Boosh a lot, and I’d love to write for something like that. But I don’t know how.”
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Julian Barratt at Arthur Christmas Film premiere ( original )