The drama that transpires in Howard's End may be no match for the silly pranks that took place on the set of the Starz miniseries. In a recent interview, series' star and Emmy-nominee hopeful Hayley Atwell revealed some interesting behind-the-scenes shenanigans from the set during production on the costume drama. The actress not only shared some of the on-set pranks she pulled on her co-stars, but the elaborate backstory she and co-star Matthew Macfadyen concocted for Atwell's Margaret and her love interest Mr. Wilcox, saying:
Hayley Atwell made the hilarious admission in an interview with EW's Chasing Emmy podcast. It is unlikely any viewer could have imagined that as a possible backstory for Hayley Atwell's Margaret and Matthew Macfadyen's Henry Wilcox. As many who watch costume dramas know, the content of the genre is often pretty serious. So serious in fact, you have to wonder what the cast gets up to in order to keep the spirits on set from descending into total sorrow.
Now, you at least have the answer for the set of Howard's End, as Hayley Atwell's endeavors probably helped keep the laughs coming. It is always fun to hear actors explain some of the things they come up with on-set. And if you thought that Atwell only reserved her playful ribbing for her co-star and on-screen love interest think again. Atwell also spread the laughter to co-star Alex Lawther, who plays Margaret's brother Tibby in the miniseries.
In the same interview, Hayley Atwell revealed another running joke during production, this one pertaining to Alex Lawther's Tibby. As it turns out, the root of Tibby's issues was a situation with Aunt Juley. This is the wild backstory that circulated on the set regarding Tibby and how the internet helped Atwell bring it to life. Explaining how she managed to turn the running joke into a prank, Atwell said:
Hayley Atwell and the rest of the Howard's End cast honestly deserve Emmys for being able to keep a straight face with all of the pranks and jokes going on. Who would have guessed all of this was happening? Having a gag reel that revealed the cast's reactions to the on-set shenanigans would definitely be DVD-worthy.
You also have to hand it to Hayley Atwell for really going full tilt into her pranks. They not only took effort. They also took a lot of imagination. How must Matthew Macfadyen have reacted when he discovered the diaper and encountered the sippy cup and bib during the cast's lunch break? Moments like that deserve to be captured.
Find out if Howard's End earns any Emmy nominations when they are announced on July 12. For new upcoming and returning television shows you can anticipate watching in the coming months, check out CinemaBlend's guide to TV's summer premieres.