‘Emily’ Interview: Frances O’Connor On Giving Emily Brontë Her Own Special Story

Much of what we know about the Brontë sisters comes from examinations of their work. In the case of Emily Brontë, that would be the timeless novel Wuthering Heights, her only published work before her death at a young age.

Emily stars Emma Mackey as Emily Brontë, and it reimagines a love story for her that inspires the writing of Wuthering Heights. It is not a traditional biopic by any means, which is exactly what actor-turned-writer/director Frances O’Connor set out to do.

O’Connor, no stranger to period pieces in her own career, set out to present a different version of Emily from the sickly, doomed recluse that has become the prevailing image of her.

I was honored to have a few minutes to chat with O’Connor about Emily, her goals in telling this unique story of the Brontë siblings, and why Emma Mackey was the perfect choice to play Emily Brontë.

Emily is available in select theaters now and expands on February 24th. Check out my review here and the interview below!

Travis Hopson
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