Christina Ricci: People ‘Like To Assume I’m Stupid Before I Open My Mouth’

Christina Ricci’s underrated experiences were central to her “yellow jackets” character.

The actor gave a solid performance in Showtime dramas as disturbing alien ball Misty Quigley, one of the now-adult survivors of a plane wreck that left a high school girls’ soccer team stranded in the wild for 19 months in the 1990s.

Misty’s awkward and unassuming demeanor contrasts with her extreme efficiency (you’d never guess she’s an expert at disabling cars) as well as her annoying traits (for example, she seems to be perfectly fine with casually disabling people’s cars).

“I love the idea of ​​a person, the only viable way to express their anger is passive aggression,” Ritchie told the Los Angeles Times in an extended interview published this week. “She’s a petite woman. She looks completely harmless and has no social currency. She’s not ‘sexy’. She’s not glamorous. She’s not cool.”

Richie, who was originally made famous as a child via the “Mermaids” and “The Adams Family” films, said she channeled the kind of sabotaged rage she’s felt in her life.

“I’m a little woman who seems likable to people who like to touch me and don’t take me seriously and assume I’m stupid before I open my mouth,” she said. “And I’m an actress who didn’t go to college, so I must be really dumb. I deal with my anger in a very passive-aggressive way also when I’m out in public or on the streets or dealing with someone in the parking lot who cut me off.”

Christina Ricci attends the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California.

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Misty looks very different from IRL Ricci – the character rocks big glasses and a curly ash blonde wig. But Richie said she and actor Sami Hanraty, who plays teen Misty, both found that dealing with hair and makeup provides more insight into the character.

“When we wear glasses and wigs, all of a sudden people start treating us differently,” she said. “People would start harassing me, making vulgar jokes, and dismissing me. … [Sammi] And she talked about how it’s so helpful to be treated that way and then apply that to playing a character who’s been treated that way all her life.”

The final episode of Season 1 “Yellowjackets” airs Sunday at 10 p.m. EST on Showtime.

Read the full interview with the LA Times here.


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