While most people have slowed down during the pandemic, Jake Lacy’s schedule has accelerated. It all started with filming “The White Lotus” for HBO, for which Lacy earned his first Emmy nomination.
“Since White Lotus, I feel like I haven’t stopped moving. If I’m home between now and New Years, it’s going to be the longest we’ve been in one place in two years or more,” said Lacey, 38, from his Connecticut home. sons.
But he’s also quick to note his good fortune because “My love for this business ignites all my records. When it’s good, it’s good. There’s nothing better for me (except for) my family and this business. Maybe reading books. That’s it.”
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Lacey has been famous for over a decade, appearing, for example, in the final season of “The Office” as Pete, a new salesman in Dunder Mifflin, or as a suitor for Rooney Mara in “Carol.” There was also a recurring role as Lena Dunham’s brotherly friend, Fran, in “Girls” on HBO.
Although he was “constantly working,” Lacey said the suspicion that the next job would creep up on him. It might not happen “…and then work comes on and strengthens me long enough for me not to feel that way anymore.”
When production of “White Lotus” began, Lacey said the group had been revitalized by recycling the cameras again.
“I think because of the pandemic, none of us have filmed in a year or eight months at best. There was real excitement and kind of killer excitement to be like, ‘Get me out there, let’s do this,’ you know? Murray Bartlett remembers the first scene I saw. And me when I came to complain about the room. He was like, “I remember we both got close to each other like two wild dogs.” (Creator) Mike Weiss had to say, “Okay. This is the first time, let’s pull it off a bit, Lacey laughed.
His most recent role is in the new Peacock Limited series” family friend “ It is more sinister. It depicts a man who establishes himself in a church-going family in the 1970s, only to have one of his daughters kidnapped twice.
“A Friend of the Family” drops its first four episodes on Thursday, with the remaining five episodes distributed weekly. Lacy plays Robert Berchtold or “B” who meets the Broberg family and instantly appears zeros in on one of the young girls, January “B” The Broberg family manipulates many ways to get to January. The series is based on real events with the real Jane Broberg and her mother, Marie-Anne, whom she signed on as producers. (Documentary about the case, ” Kidnapped in plain sightStreaming on Netflix in 2019.)
When he took the job, Lacey wanted to make sure that the kids who worked on the series would be looked at carefully.
“Right from the jump, I asked (model) Nick (Antosca), ‘How do you deal with abuse? “He was saying, ‘We don’t. We don’t show it. Narratively, I have no interest in it. As a producer, I don’t want to create that kind of TV.'”
As the person who portrays the abuser, Lacey said he wants to make sure both children and their parents feel safe because “the worst thing is trying to tell a story about grooming and trauma and in the process, traumatizing a child. His fears have been reduced by the production he is credited with setting up” Every square you could ask for.”
“The production went off course to do that as well, as they each had a therapist in place at all times according to union regulations, and then also changed the aspects and scripts that were given to the children, to protect them from what the experience had been.”
The series also stars Lio Tipton, as Berchtold’s long-suffering wife, and Colin Hanks and Anna Paquin as Jan’s parents who each experience their own entanglements with the man. They were on-screen opponents, but Hanks says working with Lacey sparked a new friendship.
“I’ll be totally honest, we were cracking jokes nonstop all the way up to work and then right after the cut,” Hanks said. “I think that made the work a lot easier. It became very clear that we cut some kind of the same fabric and that we needed to be able to think In everything else, anything else, and then we can go and do all the dark things we have to do. We had an absolute blast. He’s an incredibly talented individual, and I’m really proud of the work we’ve done together.”
Also this month, Lacy co-starred in the genre blending movie ” significant otherPremieres Friday on Paramount+. Lacy and Maika Monroe play a young couple on a camping trip in Oregon.
“It’s hard to talk about because the basis of the movie is spoiler. You could just do the premiere and be like, ‘They’re camping and something happens,'” he laughed. “But when the switch is flipped, it was fun to do.”
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