Little movies are as eagerly awaited as Greta Gerwig’s next film Barbie. The film already has a massive fanbase built in given that it focuses on one of the world’s most beloved toys. Now, Barbie Actress Emma Mackey talks about the cast that got the project started: with a big Barbie slumber party, of course!
The Cast of ‘Barbie’ Kicked Off Filming in a Very Barbie Way
It’s not just a Barbie. Gerwig’s subversive project features an exciting ensemble cast. “At first we had a Barbies sleepover,” Mackey said. Empire Review. And, as with any good sleepover, there were games, namely table tennis. “I don’t usually play games,” Mackey confessed. “Because I get so competitive and angry. But Scott [Evans] and I was on top of the game,” she added of one of her co-stars.
Speaking about his experience on the film so far, Mackey gushed about Barbie director Gerwig. “She’s everything I could have dreamed of,” the actor shared. “She’s so invested and precise, and so childishly delighted with what she does… Her mind is sparkling all the time.”
Barbie by Greta Gerwig will skate in theaters in July 2023
With an impressive secret, all the details on the next Barbie are very (very) secret. However, there are probably few people who are unaware of the incredibly star-studded cast at this point.
Margot Robbie stars alongside Ryan Gosling as her blond beau, Ken. Mackey is also joined by Will Ferrell, Kate McKinnon, The Umbrella Academy’s Rita Arya, Shang Chi’s Simu Liu, Bridgerton’s Nicola Coughlan, Michael Cera, America Ferrera and many more.
Barbie took over Venice Beach, Calif., for filming in June 2022. And the internet went wild with images of Robbie and Gosling decked out in lots of pink. So, people magazine posted a series of photos featuring various cast members (namely Robbie, Gosling, Ferrera, and Ferrell) zooming on rollerblades.
Filming locations also include London, England, specifically Leavesden Studios. According IMDbthe film is due out in July 2023 and is currently in post-production after filming wrapped last month.
Emma Mackey has more “sex ed” and other projects in the works
Mackey is best known for her breakout role as Maeve Wiley on Netflix Sex education. Maeve is a teenage girl who joins her classmate, Otis, in starting a sex therapy clinic for their classmates. Mackey returns for Season 4 of the series, which began filming in August 2022.
But Barbie isn’t her only big-screen adventure. Mackey played Jacqueline de Bellefort in Death on the Nile with Gal Gadot. And with Barbie, Mackey took care of the filming of a biopic on Emily Brontë. The film, simply titled Emily, will see Mackey play the youngest of the famous Brontë sisters and author of the classic novel The Wuthering Heights. Directed and written by Frances O’Conner, the film arrives in October 2022.
In his interview with Empire, Mackey describes the stark contrast between his last roles in Emily and Barbie. “Emily was a sad, dark drama,” Mackey explained. The star said it was a relief to move on to acting afterwards, describing Barbie like “light and funny and silly and American and pink”.