Daisy Edgar-Jones & Taylor John Smith Interview: Where The Crawdads Sing

Where Crawdads sings, based on the beloved novel of the same name by Delia Owens, is a mystery and romance wrapped in a story of survival. The breathtakingly beautiful film is currently in theaters and features a starring Daisy Edgar-Jones (Normal people) as “marsh girl” Kya Clarke who will surely be remembered.

After being abandoned by her entire family during a few very difficult years, young Kya must learn to grow up alone in a bog in North Carolina. Although isolated and avoided by most of the neighboring village, she befriends Tate Walker (Taylor John Smith), who teaches her to read and gives her the opportunity for a new life. But when college sends him away, she meets another – much less friendly – man named Chase Andrews, who leads her down a road that leads to a murder case.

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Screen Rant talked to Edgar-Jones and Smith about what makes such a deep reverberation Where Crawdads singshow they connected with nature while filming, and what other complex female main stories remind them of the novel.


Taylor John Smith and Daisy Edgar-Jones in Where the Crawdads Sing

Screen Rant: The novel is a sensation and millions of people around the world are obsessed with it and Kia’s character. Daisy, how did you get in touch with her when you became her?

Daisy Edgar-Jones: I think the reason she resonates with such a wide audience is that there’s a little bit of Kya in all of us. What I love about her is that she is a complex person. She is not just one thing; she is incredibly strong and robust, but she is also very gentle and curious and misunderstood.

I felt like she was a real person going through an extraordinary situation and situation and I found her very inspiring in many ways; her resilience and her ability to jump back and survive and thrive. Yes, I felt like she was a real person.

The film is so beautiful and so much of it takes place outside in nature. Taylor, did you feel like you were becoming one with nature? Could you metaphorically hear crawdads sing?

Taylor John Smith: Absolutely. It’s funny, you can not really understand it until you are there and experience it. There is a thickness in the air. The cicadas just make this crazy, crazy sound; the toads and frogs croaking in the distance, the rolling thunder, and then just being in the estuary and the bay and watching all the liquids run around …

You’re a little soaked in it. It definitely helped our performance. And I think when people go and see it in the cinemas, they will feel it.

I loved gathering and shopping back and forth with the feathers, which was a beautiful connection between the two of you. Daisy, how many feathers ended up gathering on the set, and did you take anyone home?

Daisy Edgar-Jones: That’s a trivia question I should know the answer to. I would say more than 300. I may be exaggerating,

Taylor John Smith: No, because your cabin was lined with them. I lost about 40 of them.

Daisy Edgar-Jones: We were told we might have to have resumes, so we were not able to [take any home]. But now I hope I might be able to get my fingers in some of the artwork because it was so beautiful. Kirby [Feagan]who made our artwork is so talented. There were some drawings of mushrooms I was particularly fond of that I would love to have framed and put in my house. Yes, maybe them.

Taylor, who is apparently a major murder mystery at the center of this story. Without spoiling when the script or book started, did you think Kya could have done it?

Taylor John Smith: I think there are a few people who could have done that, based on [the book]. When you also watch the movie, there are a few moments where you start to question your own idea of ​​who did it or who could have done it.

Even until the very last scene of the film, when I read that scene in the book, I was sure [I] knew who it was. And then I was pleasantly surprised.

Daisy, how are some other novels Where Crawdads sings that inspires you?

Daisy Edgar-Jones: That’s a good question. I love stories with such strong heroines. I love Little Women; I grew up reading it. The characters we are all so happy for them for a reason.

And I love Jane Austen’s heroines, who are often very violent.

Where Crawdads sings Synopsis


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From the best-selling novel comes a captivating mystery. Where Crawdads Sing tells the story of Kya, an abandoned girl who rose to adulthood in the dangerous marshlands of North Carolina. For years, rumors of “Marsh Girl” haunted Barkley Cove, isolating the sharp and resilient Kya from her community.

Attracted by two young men from the city, Kya opens up to a new and surprising world; but when one of them is found dead, she is immediately thrown out of society as the main suspect. As the case progresses, the verdict on what actually happened becomes more and more obscure, threatening to reveal the many secrets that lay in the marsh.

Watch our interview with Where Crawdads sings director Olivia Newman, and capture our previous interview with Daisy Edgar-Jones for Fresh.

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Where Crawdads sings is currently out in the cinema.


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