Interview: Poppy Delevigne talks Sky Atlantic's Riviera.
Riviera’s highly anticipated return picks up in the immediate aftermath of the explosive first series finale, where the Clios family is faced with the tragic death of one of their own. Only this time, the blood is on the hands of our female protagonist, Georgina.
Georgina becomes entangled with the Eltham family, an English dynasty that sail in to the Cote d’Azur providing its shores with a dose of old money and bohemian glamour. She goes on to form relationships with the whole family, some that appear genuine from the outset and others that unravel around her as secrets, old and new, become exposed. Juliet Stevenson takes on the role of Lady Cassandra Eltham and is joined on the Riviera by her children, the impossibly stylish Daphne (Poppy Delevingne) and the brooding Nico (Jack Fox) and Daphne’s husband Raafi (Alex Lanipekun).
POPPY DELEVINGNE PLAYS DAPHNE ELTHAM
Q: What attracted you to this show?
A: On a flight from London to LA, I watched episodes 1 to 10 of the first season of Riviera without pausing. I didn’t get a minute of sleep because I was so addicted to it. I had no kip, so I landed in LA a wreck and with my anxiety levels through the roof. But I was so hooked on the show. From that moment, there was no question that I’d do it.
Q: Can you explain what you adore about Riviera?
A: I love the intense, dramatic characters and the beautiful locations. I also love how the show is shot and lit. Everything is so sumptuous and glowing. Glamour is very important to the appeal of the show. The beautifully done hair and make-up and costumes capture the high glamour that people associate with Riviera. It’s very appealing to see that world of fast cars, champagne and yachts on screen. It’s all part of why people love Riviera so much.
Q: Talk us through your character.
A: There are all sorts of layers to Daphne or Daffers, as I like to call her! On the surface, she is very bright, vivacious, friendly and warm. But underneath that, there is a quiet strength and intelligence about her. In her more silent moments, people might mistake that for not wanting to interact. But in fact, she’s always listening and watching.
Q: What other characteristics does Daphne possess?
A: There is a fragility and vulnerability to her. She was very close to her father and has struggled with his loss. She was a real daddy’s girl in the same way that Nico is a real mummy’s boy. She is also fiercely loyal and protective.
Q: How would you describe Daphne’s relationship with Nico?
A: They are extraordinarily close – sometimes too close for comfort. They finish each other’s sentences. They depend on each other too much and that leads to problems. Daphne’s journey involves making decisions about her life and her twin is very much part of that. But Nico is not happy when she finds love. He is uncomfortable because it seems as if he’s losing his sister. He feels shut out.
Q: How does Daphne get on with her mother?
A: They are close in many ways, but in other ways, they’re not. Daphne is affected by Cassandra’s very close relationship with Nico. She feels like the less favoured child. That’s painful and causes tension with Daphne. She has never done a lot on her own. She’s never had
a job – she spends her time decorating Cassandra’s house. Cassandra likes to keep her children close, but her relationship with Daphne is still very up and down.
Q: What other factors affect the relationship between mother and daughter?
A: It hurts Daphne that Cassandra has kept secrets from her. She finds that shocking. Because Daphne was a difficult teenager, Cassandra protects her as she thinks she’s weak. I don’t know how much Cassandra really understands her daughter. It’s a very old-money thing; everything seems OK on the surface, but inside there is a void of emotions.
Q: Have you enjoyed helping to create Daphne’s look?
A: Yes. These costumes very much felt like the character. Emma Fryer and I had so much fun “doing Daphne”. Emma wanted there to be a contrast between Daphne and Georgina. Daphne’s clothes are all patterns and florals. They are soft and have pastel colours. They are very similar to her personality – quite flowing. That very much helps with the acting.
Q: What do you hope that people take away from this series?
A: I hope they are as electrified as I was watching season one and are hungry for more. It’s nice that a new family has come into the series. The contrast is so brilliant. The idea of two families at war is fascinating. There is real conflict between these families who are so close. The claws are out on both sides. Nothing will get in their way.
Q: Has your time on Riviera lived up to expectations?
A: Absolutely. This job is full of “pinch me” moments. It doesn’t get much better than this!
All episodes are available now via Sky Atlantic and NOW TV.