Daisy Edgar Jones reveals her ambition to follow Phoebe Waller-Bridge into directing

Daisy Edgar Jones earned worldwide fame, not to mentions plaudits and gongs for her first lead role as Marianne in the TV take on Sally Rooney’s Normal People.

But the actress, 24, has admitted any amount of fame or award show glory won’t stop her worse critic – herself.

Speaking to GQ as part of its Heroes issue, the British actress said she’s plagued with self-doubt, but it won’t stop her ambitions to follow in her heroes footsteps.

Fame: Daisy Edgar Jones earned worldwide fame for Normal People but the actress, 24, has admitted any amount of fame or award show glory won’t stop her worse critic – herself

Daisy will be seen on screen next in another major novel adaptation – Olivia Newman’s film of Delia Owens’ book Where the Crawdads Sing.

She is also starring in the small screen horror Fresh opposite Stan Sebastian, currently streaming on Disney +. The high profile roles haven’t eased Daisy’s self-doubt as she explains to GQ: 

‘I’m just really self-critical, and it’s boring! I’m trying not to be that way. When do you get to the stage of just being like, ‘It is what it is’? When do you get to that point?” 

Talented: Speaking to GQ as part of its Heroes issue, the British actress said she’s plagued with self-doubt (pictured in Normal People with Paul Mescal)

‘I don’t know… some people just seem to be able to do that. I’m a very needy actor, I think.’ Her worry, she explains, is, ‘letting people down. Being the reason something is bad. Or just not doing my best.’

‘When you’re an actor, you want to act in a really brave way, free of worry about that. The trick is not worrying – which I find so hard – if people like you or not. You’re always, always looking for the bad comment. We’re just wired that way.’ 

Even when she does get concrete evidence of her talent, in the form of an award nomination for instance, she still suffers internally.

Daisy explained she was on set for the first day of shooting for Fresh when she found out she had been nominated for a Golden Globe for Normal People. 

The nomination led to an outburst of nerves, and Daisy ended up fluffing her lines during her first scene. That night she went home and wrote a diary entry, which read: ‘Today was my first day on Fresh and I got nominated for a Golden Globe. What the actual f*ck?’

One to watch: She is also starring in the small screen horror thriller Fresh opposite Stan Sebastian, currently streaming on Disney +

One to watch: She is also starring in the small screen horror thriller Fresh opposite Stan Sebastian, currently streaming on Disney +

‘Filming was actually quite stressful, and I found it scary doing my accent. When I got home, there was no one to hug.’

While she forces herself to watch back her performances and admits she is particularly proud of the work she did in Normal People, Daisy admits ‘I don’t love watching myself at all.’

She is hopeful that she can follow in the footsteps of her heroes, and branch out into directing.

 ‘When I see Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Greta Gerwig and Olivia Wilde – all of these brilliant actors who are able to cross over, I feel like maybe I could cross over into different sides of storytelling too, which is cool.’

Ambitions: She is hopeful that she can follow in the footsteps of her heroes, and branch out into directing. 'When I see Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Greta Gerwig and Olivia Wilde – all of these brilliant actors who are able to cross over, I feel like maybe I could cross over

Ambitions: She is hopeful that she can follow in the footsteps of her heroes, and branch out into directing. ‘When I see Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Greta Gerwig and Olivia Wilde – all of these brilliant actors who are able to cross over, I feel like maybe I could cross over

Read the full interview in GQ - on sale now

Read the full interview in GQ – on sale now

In the meantime she is busy promoting her two new projects. Fresh, which is now streaming now on Disney +, sees Daisy play Noa who, frustrated with dating apps and awful dates, decides to take a chance on Steve, played by Sebastian.

Their romance is put to the test when it revealed that Noa’s new man has some very particular appetites.

And then there’s her lead role as Kya in the big-screen adaptation of the smash hit novel Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.

The coming-of-age story set in North Carolina in the 1950s and 60s follows Kya, an abandoned ‘marsh girl’ who seeks solace in nature.

The July/ August issue of British GQ is available via digital download and on newsstands on 28th June.

Daisy Edgar-Jones will be speaking at the GQ Heroes conference in association with BMW, taking place at Soho Farmhouse, Oxfordshire from the 13th-15th July.

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