Seductress Ruth Wilson lights up the cover of the holiday issue of Hamptons magazine. The Golden Globe award winning actress and Broadway star chatted with Hamptons magazine about season two of her hit show “The Affair” on Showtime. She also shared details about her experience starring in Broadway’s “Constellations” opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and her surprising discoveries in her family tree.
“The Affair” is filmed, in part, in and around the Hamptons. The show won the Golden Globe for the Best Television Drama Series. Wilson stated when the cast read the pilot, the were interested in it, but did not quite know if it was going to work, where it was going and what this all meant. She added, “So for the cast and crew to be recognized for that, it does give validation in a way.”
Wilson also won her first Golden Globe, Best Actress in a TV Drama, for her performance in “The Affair.” She commented, “On television, what you are witnessing at this day and age – and it’s wonderful – are strong female roles, which you don’t find on film.” Wilson felt it was a major honor to be nominated and to have won was a bit bizarre. She did not expect that and it was a great night that made her feel very proud.
Hamptons magazine spoke to Wilson about incorporating the death of a child early in the first season of “The Affair.” The actress spoke to Sarah Treem quite early on about it and that it could not be treated lightly. Wilson knows people who have lost children and wanted to make sure they were well represented. She spoke with two of her godmothers who had lost children. It was hard to get inside how they felt in the immediate aftermath, as well as the physical and mental feelings. Wilson indicated, “I’ll go and speak with people who have experienced something that I haven’t, and it gives you clues as to how you will approach those scenes.”
Wilson needs to play the same scenes twice in the “The Affair” as Alison. The actress revealed, “It was one of the main interests of the show to me- the fact that you get to play different versions of your character.” She finds it quite a fun challenge to look at characters in the way they would be viewed from the outside, and the way they would view themselves, which is something she was trained to do in drama school.
With regard to developing a connection to her grief filled character, Wilson admitted it was hard to go to these places, but that is what your job is. She stated you should be representing people properly and serving their lives and what they have been through. Wilson said, “For me, I try to go into a lot of detail when I approach something because I need to get the specificity of it.”
Wilson also chatted about her role opposite Jake Gyllenhaal on Broadway’s “Constellations” and its relation to her role in “The Affair.” She stated while the two were slightly different at the heart of them, they were similar. According to Wilson, “There’s something in the water that people are interested in discussing parallel universes or the way that one event can change and lead to a whole different course of events. But definitely, for me, the challenge was playing multiple versions of yourself or events, and seeing how they can be different with the same character.”
The actress also talked about discovering her grandfather, Alexander Wilson, was a British intelligence agent with four families. He wrote 23 spy novels and was a spy in the interwar years. He had four wives and never divorced. Wilson said, “My granny was number three, and she knew he had been married before, but he claimed that it had been annulled.” Wilson did not know what extent the other women knew and only knew about her grandmother because she wrote a memoir.
To find out more about the fascinating and talented Ruth Wilson, visit the Hamptons magazine website or pick up the holiday issue available on newsstands now.