Emily Haine has only been acting for about two years, yet she’s already booked nine roles. Her latest is a series regular on FX Network’s quirky hit, “Fargo” (season two premieres tonight at 10 p.m.). The up-and-coming talent has a vivacious appeal that brings to mind someone like Scarlett Johansson. She is a wondrous rainbow of playful creativity who brightens the spirits of everyone around her.
“Gosh, I’d love to be considered that way. That is so flattering!” Emily told Examiner in a recent interview. “I’ve always been interested in work that I could do with my hands — kind of creating beauty in all of its different forms. Before acting became so prominent in my life, I always had to pick up a pen and draw or have some other kind of creative outlet. Creativity has been a great coping mechanism to help get me through my life, it’s something I value so highly.”
“But acting is definitely its own beast!” she added. “There is so much technique and there is so much to study. It’s a lot of psychology and a lot of understanding human nature, which has always been interesting to me.”
The excitement and wonder that Haine steadily radiates has a dramatic effect on the people around her. For instance, when she books a role, it is not uncommon for it to become a more extensive part once she gets on set and begins interacting with the rest of the cast and crew.
“It all comes down to just a love of what I do,” she expressed. “I really think that comes across.”
As a testament to her magic, when Emily came in for a one-day shoot on The CW’s “The 100” last year, her part ended up expanding into a character named Keenan Mykulak who went on to appear in three episodes.
Tonight, the actor joins the cast of “Fargo” as Noreen Vanderslice, an emancipated 17 year-old vegetarian who works in a butcher shop. “I wish I was as well read and as well spoken at 17 as she is,” Haine stated. “She marches to the beat of her own drum and she doesn’t hold back when it comes to expressing her belief system. She tells people what she thinks without any kind of holding back… or etiquette. She’s her own little woman. I’ve definitely been peculiar at times — I think we have that in common,” Haine laughed, “but she’s a lot more of a bookworm than I ever was at that age. That’s for sure.”
This season of “Fargo” is set in America in 1979. The plot intertwines between Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Luverne, Minnesota, where Emily’s character resides. Like another highly acclaimed detective series, “Fargo” has a number of seasoned actors in its cast.
“Kirsten Dunst is an exceptional human being, she came in so prepared,” Emily noted. “I can’t believe how hard everyone worked. I was really excited to be there, so I was trying to go above and beyond. And I wasn’t alone! Everyone went over the top to prepare for their characters. It was an honor to be a part of that cast. Everyone was so committed to doing the utmost for every little nuance in every scene. It was incredible!”
One of the biggest surprises Haine had was discovering that working with such established talent wasn’t the intimidating experience she had been expecting. “I went into it as this really green, new girl from Vancouver who was stepping into Hollywood.”
“Jesse Plemons (‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘Friday Night Lights’) has been acting ever since he was a small child,” Emily elaborated. “I have cried while watching his work. At one point, I had some tense scenes coming up so I asked Jesse for help. When we were cleared for lunch, he sat down with me and he went through a whole relaxation exercise. He was so willing to give me what he learned along the way. How can you not idolize someone like that? And now, I consider him a friend.”
Haine continued, explaining that there were nights when she would get so wound up thinking about work that she couldn’t sleep. “It wasn’t nerves, it was excitement. You’re sitting in your trailer getting ready to do a really good scene with people who are so skilled at their craft… You need a way to bring all that energy back down, you can’t just be grinning ear to ear in every scene! Sometimes, all it takes is a conversation with someone, but Jesse went through this method of grounding where you use gravity. You feel the weight of your limbs, of your body, pulling you down, and you use that to get your mind into that space you need it to be in. I think I will probably incorporate that technique forever because I don’t think my excitement is ever going to go away,” she laughed.
The much anticipated season premiere of FX’s “Fargo” is tonight at 10 p.m. and Haine is going to be right there watching the episode along with the rest of the country. “I’m having a family get-together. We’re going to have dinner and then we are going to watch the show. I can’t wait!” She also said that she’ll be checking her Twitter and tweeting throughout the night, so feel free to give a shout out to Emily during the premiere!
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Photographer: Atcha Kim. Styling: Linda Lin.