'Russian Doll': Charlie Barnett on Alan and Nadia and the possibility of the two ending up together
In an exclusive interview with MEAWW, Charlie Barnett, who plays the role of Alan, spoke to us about the special bond his character and Nadia share
Ever wondered what it would be like to live a particular day over and over again? Nadia and Alan get to witness this as they die and come back to life over and over again reliving the same day in 'Russian Doll.' The forthcoming Netflix series has a little bit of everything; dark humor, drama, thrills and twists that will make you go back and watch the season over and over again.
In an exclusive interview with MEAWW, Charlie Barnett, who plays the role of Alan spoke to us about the special bond his character and Nadia share, along with what separates 'Russian Doll' from other similar movies like Naked, Ground Hog Day, etc...
Starting off, Barnett spoke about the bond Nadia and Alan share and revealed whether there is a possible storyline where the duo ends up together in future seasons, if there is one. "It definitely is something that crossed both of their minds, but I think they both cancel it out because the sparks don't fly and it will just make it complicated. These are two characters who are basically opposites to each other and that's what is special about their relationship. But when they come around, it makes it so incredibly heartwarming. Them ending up together, I don't think that lives in either of their minds. See, as we go on, we realize they can either be at each other's throats, or they can be, you know, best friends, but only in a sense of like I'm here to help you, you know me and that includes calling you out and that includes testing you and then includes pushing you to do more." Barnett said.
Talking about how he prepared himself for this character, Barnett revealed: "I started with this character specifically because we're dying and living in the same places over and over again. I really sat down for a month and mapped out the entire of what script we already had, because when we started, we only had a couple of them and we developed as we went. I, Natasha [Lyonne] and I, had a really beautiful conversation, before she'd even finished working on the project, about myself and about my life. And I think through that she saw a relation to Alan that was really special and deep. I definitely relate to his depression and his own vows and his feelings and emotions. And so, when she finished the role, she called me up and it just seemed like the perfect fit, but I would say the journey to work on something like it was what I could deliver from myself, my experience. So, I just kind of keyed in on what those moments were for me and related them back into Alan"
Following this, Barnett revealed the best part that got him excited about working in 'Russian Doll' is working with an all women crew. "I know what excited me the most was being able to work on something like that. I mean beyond that being able to work with these women because we were run by a full-female production. You know, it was really well-balanced, which surprised me, because it is the first time I've ever been on something that was so incredibly balanced with male and women represent. I was really really excited to work on something with this group of women, and I've been so thankful."
From the time news about 'Russian Doll' was released, people have compared it to the likes of movies like 'Ground Hog Day' and 'Naked'. When we asked Barnett what, according to him, separates this series from those movies, he said: "Yeah, the drama of both of those, it's a beautiful blend of everything. But in 'Russian Doll' there's more of a risk level and more of a fear that encapsulates these two characters and through that, it's like a roller coaster. I think on top of that just like the addition of all the outside characters everybody that comes in and out of both of our lives has a part in it. It makes it so much more worldly than the others."
Barnett revealed he does not like to see his own self on screen. But when we asked how people would react to Alan, he revealed he hopes the viewers do not see him as a weak person.
At the same time, he wishes they do call him out for his shortcomings. "We're not perfect and we have faults and we have great things as well. But you get to really see with these two characters, I mean when I first started reading, Leslye [Headland] had me at the first two scenes and I recognized that these are not your average portrayal of, you know, 1950s kind of like human beings. People are real and risky and challenged and I really appreciate all that. So, I hope that they see the good and the bad and can relate it to their own life."
Talking about his upcoming projects Barnett revealed he had just finished working on another Netflix project called, Tales of the City, which is based on a series of books by Armistead Maupin. It's set in San Francisco from the 70s on until present. It starts off in the present. Barnett revealed it might be out in June.