At the point when superstars spend time with Bustle scholars, we need to allow them to leave their imprint. Truly. So we give them a pen, a bit of paper, a couple of inquiries, and request that they get imaginative. This time, Dickinson star Anna Baryshnikov is leaving her imprint in the Bustle Booth.
It’s in excess of a snare overwhelming soundtrack and opium-energized ragers that set Dickinson, the new Apple TV+ arrangement about the artist Emily Dickinson, aside from increasingly predictable period charge. It’s that showrunner Alena Smith takes the cast of self important Puritans and know-it-alls that typically encompass a cutting edge Victorian courageous woman and reconsiders them as full individuals, overflowing with indistinguishable scope of feelings from the on-screen characters who play them. That is particularly valid for Lavinia Dickinson, a chronicled commentary credited for sparing sister Emily’s letter-sonnets. In Dickinson, she’s a completely acknowledged younger sibling — one who’s sincere, jealous, and kid pursuing.
“What I love about Lavinia is she’s additionally awful at it,” says entertainer Anna Baryshnikov of her character’s kid insane adventures. “Like in sort of an exemplary way. At the point when you need something so gravely, you simply get apprehensive, and act like a crazy individual.”
Baryshnikov can relate. “I was actually profoundly horrendous at the sort of school social scene,” she tells Bustle of her time at Northwestern University, where she never felt she fit in at fraternity parties. “I share that [Lavinia] bears everything to all onlookers and just puts it all on the line, regardless of whether it won’t go well.”
Anna Baryshnikov getting boisterous as Lavinia in Apple TV+’s Dickinson.
Anna Baryshnikov getting unruly as Lavinia in Dickinson.
Very confession booth a valid example: Baryshnikov’s semi-sorta-date with a perhaps lover that finished a long way from cheerfully ever after. “This is the saddest model, yet in school there was an ensemble party where you brought a date and you spruced up as something together. I really liked this person, and we had thought of doing Space Jam ensembles. He wore a Space Jam pullover, and I carefully invested a great deal of energy in my Lola Bunny outfit.” And, at that point, the unavoidable turn…
“What’s more, when we were at the gathering, I watched him, in what felt like moderate mo, stare at a more established young lady on the planet’s most advanced Catwoman ensemble. I was much the same as, Oh, it’s over for me. And afterward that night I got my period in those white shorts.”
Strip the story of its anachronistic details, and it could be a scene ripped from Dickinson’s bawdy house party episode — one built around Dickinson’s poem “Wild Nights.” In that episode, Lavinia plays the harp to get a boy’s attention but ends up bleeding from the face when a string snaps. “Honestly, attempting something that didn’t go my way is definitely in my repertoire,” says Baryshnikov.
In another episode, Lavinia sits for a professional portrait and hates the results. Again, the actor sees parallels to modern life in this straightforwardly Victorian predicament. “A lot of women right now can share a certain part of Lavinia’s throughline, which is that she is so worried about how the world is going to perceive her that she desperately tries to control [her image],” she says. “We live in a really tricky time where everyone is constantly their own director, photographer, stylist, editor. We’re recording our lives in this way that makes us so conscious of how other people perceive us.” But where Baryshnikov empathizes, she also sees an enduring personal challenge.
“By the end of the season, I think Lavinia arrives in a place where she realizes she is a better version of herself when she can let go of that concern, and I would hope the same as for me.” Get to know Anna on her own terms in her Bustle Booth questionnaire below.