‘Nine Days’ Interview: Bill Skarsgård On The Soulful Drama, Bringing Nuance To Archetype

Bill Skarsgård is known for playing dark and emotionally heavy characters. From his breakout role in It as Pennywise the Clown to his portrayal as a PTSD ridden soldier and father in The Devil All The Time, you wouldn’t say

In Nine Days, directed by first time director Edson Oda, Skarsgård plays what is perhaps his lightest morally gray character yet. In the highly conceptual film, the actor portrays Kane, a soul applying for the chance to be born from an older spirit played by Winston Duke. Moving and deeply thought provoking, Skarsgård’s performance dissects what it means to survive in this world, both the good, the bad, and the areas in between.

I had the opportunity to chat with the actor over Zoom, where we discussed reading the script for the first time and what memory from shooting Nine Days he would like to live over again.

You can catch Nine Days in New York and Los Angeles this Friday or everywhere August 6th.

Cortland Jacoby
A D.C area native, Cortland has been interested in media since birth. Taking film classes in high school and watching the classics with family instilled a love of film in Cortland’s formative years. Before graduating with a degree in English and minoring in Film Study from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, Cortland ran the college’s radio station, where she frequently reviewed films on air. She then wrote for another D.C area publication before landing at Punch Drunk Critics. Aside from writing and interviewing, she enjoys podcasts, knitting, and talking about representation in media.