'Bonnie & Clyde' hits the small screen
He held the gun, she called the shots.
Bonnie and Clyde is a timeless story of love, crime & passion. It's probably why for the past eight decades, the world has been obsessed with this unique duo. In the newest adaptation starring Emile Hirsch and Holliday Grainger from 'The Borgias,' the story of Bonnie and Clyde will be told across three networks in two of the biggest nights in television.
Airing this Sunday on Lifetime, A&E, and The History Channel, Emile and Holliday were eager to talk about these exciting characters. They stopped by our offices to chat about the 4-hour miniseries, getting into the role, and much more.
StyleList: How did you prepare for the role of Bonnie and Clyde?
Emile: I purposefully did not watch the Beatty version of Bonnie and Clyde. I didn't want seeing that version of the film to affect the way I portrayed the character. So I read a lot of books about the duo including "Go Down Together" by Jeff Guinn which was the best I've read about them.
Holliday: I spent a lot of time with a voice coach getting down her sassy, southern twang and then I made sure to read and watch a lot of the books and movies from that time period to understand Bonnie. Bonnie was infatuated with celebrity and being famous, so I had to understand her better by reading her diaries and seeing how much cared about what people thought.
StyleList: What was the most difficult part of the role?
Emile: Clyde wasn't really violent before he went to jail for robbery and stealing cars. Once he got to jail, he was raped which made him violent. He actually killed his rapeseed in jail. That whole experience really changed him and from that point on he was this violent man.
Holliday: I think the accent was the most difficult (Editor's note: Holliday is from Great Britain). I also wanted to make sure that I exuded the "sassiness" and sexiness of her character. This part of her character was so important.
StyleList: After playing these iconic characters, why do you think people are infatuated with their story.
Emile: Love is timeless and this story is about just that, love. Clyde would do anything for Bonnie, he's infatuated. They'll do anything for each other, even murder.
Holliday: They were accessible. They weren't the mobsters from Chicago, they were like you and me and their love for each other drove them to murder, steal and so much more. That's exciting.
Make sure you tune into this exciting miniseries on A&E/History/Lifetime, Sunday December 8-9th at 9:00PM EST.