With writer-director Scott Frank’s The Queen’s Gambit now streaming on Netflix, I recently got to speak with Moses Ingram about making the fantastic limited series.
If you haven’t seen the trailers, The Queen’s Gambit is based on the novel by Watler Tevis and follows Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy), who was abandoned to a Kentucky orphanage in the late 1950s. While there, she discovers an extraordinary talent for the game of chess, but also becomes addicted to the tranquilizers provided by the state as a sedative for the children. After getting adopted by Alma Wheatley (Marielle Heller), Beth attempts to battle both the struggles of her chemical dependency as well as the misogyny of the male-dominated world of competitive chess. Loaded with great acting, incredible production design, and beautiful cinematography, I loved this series and absolutely recommend checking it out. The Queen’s Gambit also stars Marielle Heller, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Harry Melling and Bill Camp.
During the interview, Moses Ingram talked about what it was like attending the Yale School of Drama, what surprised her about working with Scott Frank, how the series doesn’t have your typical villain, what she took away from making her first series, and more. In addition, she talked about making Joel Coen’s The Tragedy of Macbeth and what TV series she’d love to guest star on.
Check out what she had to say below and further down the page is exactly what we talked about.
- What was it like going to the Yale School of Drama?
- What lessons from the school does she still use?
- What TV series would she like to guest star on?
- What movie has she seen the most?
- How the series doesn’t have your typical villain.
- What did she respond to about The Queen’s Gambit?
- What surprised her about working with Scott Frank?
- How everything about the series is well done from the production design to the cinematography.
- Does she pay attention to where the camera is and what lens is being used?
- What did she take away from filming her first series that she wants to take to the next project?
- What can she say about working on Joel Coen’s The Tragedy of Macbeth?