Apple TV+’s Dickinson places a contemporary, comedic twist on the younger lifetime of poet Emily Dickinson, with Hailee Steinfeld in the main position and, in a primary for the singer/actress, govt producing the collection.
Set in mid-1800s, the half-hour present, just lately renewed for a second season, follows the long-lasting poet by way of her teenage years as she leans into her writing and falls in love together with her finest good friend, Sue Gilbert (Ella Hunt), who’s engaged to her brother, Austin (Adrian Enscoe). Steinfeld sat down with The Hollywood Reporter In Studio (watch under) to debate exploring the connection between the 2 girls, which has been a topic of debate for years.
“I do know that even today there are Dickinson scholars that are still chipping away at the details of that and uncovering more and more every day about her relationship with Sue, but it is said that she was in love with her and wrote poems for her and about her and about their relationship,” Steinfeld stated. “It’s truly so complex, and I fell in love with the way that we explored that relationship because it’s so special and intimate, and there’s such a true understanding between the two of them.”
The actress goes on to clarify how Dickinson “spent the majority of her life struggling to be understood” and Sue was “one of very few that she felt truly loved her for who she was, and that happened to be a woman and her sister-in-law.”
“It’s something I really love, and love how it’s incorporated into the show,” Steinfeld continued. “This show is about not putting people in a box and they didn’t necessarily have the language we do now, the labels and the terminology, and I think our show perfectly captures that love and understanding one another is something so rare and special and I think we really find that in this show.”
Steinfeld additionally mentioned why the Apple TV+ collection is “unlike any Emily Dickinson story you have seen or heard,” with one scene exhibiting Dickinson twerking to hip-hop.
“That is something I’m definitely looking forward to seeing, and introducing people to, or reintroducing people to her work and her poetry because although this show is very wild in the sense of there is twerking — there are some wild nights — it is very driven by her poetry and the themes of her poetry, which are incredibly real and vulnerable and authentic, and that’s what the show is.”
Dickinson is now streaming on Apple TV+.
This article initially appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.