Albie and Portia.
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He’s a nice guy from Stanford University. She is Jennifer Coolidge’s depressed and troubled assistant. Both are desperate to get away from their older surroundings and have fun in Sicily, but they can’t make it work. This is the story of Albie by Adam DiMarco and Portia Haley Lu Richardson in the first few episodes of Season 2 white lotus. That is, until episode four, where their characters’ relationship nearly falls apart when Leo Woodall’s Jack, the Tom Holland-obsessed British gay nephew, enters the picture and catches Portia’s eye on Albie. In turn, a local sex worker, Lucia (Simona Tabasco), decides she will flirt with Albi despite already sleeping with his father. By the end of the episode, Albie was getting fellatio from Lucia while Portia and Jack were in her room making out. It is a set of romantic developments that you deserve Love Island; To break down the collapse of #PortiAlbie and the rise of new couplings, Vulture caught up with DiMarco and Richardson over Zoom to discuss the couples’ new romance, the creepy way Mike White has designed to weave their own personalities into their own, and their own love of reality TV.
There’s this constant animosity where Albie and Portia feel almost obligated to get together because they’re both guys at this resort, but it just doesn’t sync up. How did Mike direct you to play those awkward early scenes?
HLR: Every time Albie and Portia interact, she is likely to be charming or cute. They have these things that could balance each other out in theory. But then it just goes [she moves her hands past each other, not touching].
ad: I know you shouldn’t read comments online, but reading comments online was fun, because everyone has a read in every situation. In the final poolside episode, I had a friend text me in all caps when Albie walked in for a second kiss and then asked Portia to go back to his room. It was like, “She yelled at my TV, ‘Read the room. ‘” But then some people said Portia told Albie to be more aggressive and he does. Both are true. It’s just not a perfect romantic connection.
HLR: I did that in the first season, and I feel like people are trying to find the most coherent, rational, relatable, or good character or characters. But I don’t think there’s a single character who isn’t a little mean-spirited in one way or another or is wrongly motivated and self-serving. That’s kind of the point of the show, right? A few days ago I looked up my name and then searched Portia on Twitter and I will never do that again. It was very dark. People seemed really annoyed with Portia after the third episode. Only this misery and self-pity she has. But I knew it from the start! The point is, she’s stuck in Sicily at this five-star resort.
Have you read any of the speculations about who will kill or be killed yet? There is a fair amount of theorizing that Albie will catch up and chase Portia.
ad: I think there’s a theory about every character killing someone and every character dying, which is pretty cool. Mike has created this world where anyone can kill.
HLR: Did you see someone posted A really hot picture of you On Twitter, a black and white photo where you’re moody and have a six-pack? They were like, “If Portia doesn’t get this then she deserves to be one of the people in the body bag.”
HLR: I thought it was funny.
Let’s talk about the scene at the end of the episode where Albie and Portia compete competitively with Lucia and Jack across the bar from each other. How was that like filming?
HLR: We were really improvising through the bar. A small part of it has already been used.
ad: There was a whole cut thing of Lucia and Portia yelling at each other across the tape. Did I call you a whore? I can not remember. And then I added some Italian gestures to you. I don’t think that was in the text. And then I really loved writing Leo’s half-Italian, half-Spanish, half-English “Dos Jägerbombs.”
Were the Spanish improvising?
HLR: That was all Leo. Jägerbombs is his favorite drink. We were out one night and we all took Jägerbombs. It’s the most disgusting drink ever. We had to throw them into the bushes behind us.
ad: Yeah, I don’t think they know what a Jägerbomb was in that club we were at in Sicily. But yeah, this scene is great because Albie and Portia found other people on fire. I don’t know what their ingredients are. I think Albi will be water or maybe earth. What will Portia be?
ad: Albi is a cross of land and water. Alpine mud. Dad’s wet soil.
As Mike gets so much better, do you feel like your characters are forming around your own characters?
HLR: Mike gave everyone a psychic look. And when we started filming, I noticed he was encouraging us to add our energies to it and our private parts in between. And now I’m really confused, which one is me and which one is Portia.
ad: Those are my favorite moments, when you see a glimpse of the real person. you are like, Oh, this is Megan. That’s just Leo. It is an unconscious optimization to bring themselves to, and it is also very weak.
HLR: Many times Mike would come up after a scene and say, “Wow, great acting. I felt like I was watching a documentary.”
ad: And we’re like, “Is that okay? Do you want to see a documentary?”
What do you see about each other in Albee and Portia then?
ad: Sometimes it’s just a look. You had one line out of three where you see Albie kissing Lucia and you’re like, “This is a twist.” Hayley was very.
HLR: I think Albie is a good hearted and well intentioned person. And I think you are. There is this kind of pure childlikeness in Albie’s eyes. Your eyes become very big, like marble.
ad: I really have my eye on the character. There is no CGI involved.
HLR: Mike hears and sees everything. He meets you and he sits back and makes jokes and he’s light, but you leave and you’re like, Oh my God, I feel so visible but a little indebted too. I don’t think Mike is judgmental, but he is so observant that you can feel kind of vulnerable. He picked up on things I hadn’t picked up about myself until now.
ad: If you’re fiddling with your jacket or something, after three weeks he’ll be like, “Oh, do that thing you’ve been doing to your jacket.” Likes, what are you talking about?
In your separate stories, you play veteran actors like F. Murray Abraham, Michael Imperioli, or Jennifer Coolidge. What was it like working with them?
ad: Murray and Michael were the best kind of pseudo-family. I came to this feeling of extreme fear. They really helped me feel confident and that I was meant to be there. We were texting each other this morning in our little group chat. I have to sign each text with “Adam” at the end so Murray knows who he is.
HLR: Jennifer is the fiercest person I’ve ever met. Honestly: the most amazing, interesting and unique human being. You made me laugh so hard in scenes I wasn’t supposed to. I’ve always wanted to – I would watch Anchorman bloopers and watch them all crack. Granted, I didn’t make it fall apart, so I still had somewhere to go. And she is very hot.
ad: We want that on the record.
behind When I visited a groupYou told me you had karaoke night at the hotel during the shoot, but no one else you spoke to seemed to be there or sing. Simona was not. Leo was not. Megan She said she didn’t sing. what happened?
ad: You ask a lot for karaoke since neither of us were fully sober and that was months ago. But I’m trying to remember. I know Estee Haim sang.
HLR: Who was there? Megan, we, Beatrice.
ad: Was Aubrey there? Theo? where are they?
HLR: I think Aubrey did – what’s it called? Irish goodbye?
ad: The French Exit or the Irish Farewell. One of those European countries. Is he an Italian expert?
HLR: The Spice Girls sang with Megan and East.
ad: The night started because the mic was working but the sound system wasn’t and then Hayley was singing in the hall by the piano in a room of people who don’t care for her. I have a video of it on my phone.
HLR: Also I am tone deaf.
ad: tone deaf a cappella singing. I was like, “We need to play actual music.”
Have either of you watched Love Island?
HLR: [Turning her camera.] Look at my TV. I literally stopped Love Island to do this interview.
Well, if it was the last season of white lotus I felt very survivorThere’s just something about the plot of Portia and Albie that feels like… Love Island. They’re an established couple, and then…
ad: Jack enters the villa knowing Albie and Portia are like a married couple. It’s like, “I came here for you.” We’ve seen a lot of Sicilian reality TV, but you haven’t seen Hayley Love Island When we were there, right? I remember recommending it to you and saying to watch the third season of the British season.
HLR: Oh, and I put season 3 on hold because I couldn’t get into it. Now I’m watching five.
ad: Three are the best. She has Kim and Kris. It is the last season in which they are allowed to smoke on the island. Reality shows based on love have informed our characters quite a bit.
How is that?
ad: There was one step up from that show where one person pulled out a chair at the dinner table on a date and then the other person sat in it and then they went over to their side, and they actually sat down, but they didn’t push the other person’s chair, so they had to turn it on. We stole that for the show. It didn’t end up making the cut.
Hayley, is that a crochet bucket hat you’re wearing in episode four?
HLR: Yes, I made a crochet bucket hat. did you love her?
yes. looks good.
ad: What if he said, “No, it was sloppy.”
HLR: I love knitting. I’ve been doing this since I was eight years old. And I love trying to get my characters to wear something I made when that makes sense.
ad: I’ve been crocheting since I’ve been crocheting?
HLR: You are going to be an amazing father one day. I actually got the jokes for that.
This episode ends with a pair of sex scenes between Albie, Lucia, Jack, and Portia.
HLR: How amazing was Adam’s orgasm? It’s honestly one of the best orgasms I’ve ever had. First of all, he is so perfect for Albie. It is believable. I saw it and immediately took a bunch of screenshots.
ad: Everyone will do this to me.
HLR: To have the camera in your face like this and do it and stick. How did you do that, Adam?
ad: That was more of a risk than showing my ass. Physical nudity is okay, but so is emotional vulnerability, especially when the camera is directly in your face. I just tried to pretend the camera wasn’t there. And then I don’t know, just a lot of rehearsals, a lot of rehearsals on my own. How was your scene filmed?
HLR: Well, I didn’t really have a sex scene. We just make it. But this was fun. Definitely less vulnerable than you had to do.
ad: yes. It helps to have an intimacy coordinator for this sort of thing. All of these sex scenes were filmed in Rome on a soundstage at the end of filming. It was one of the last few days, so Simona and I had built trust for each other at that point, which helped. But yes, weak. They say it’s a closed set hence the skeleton crew, but everyone behind the walls can hear everything that’s going on.
For a show like this, you know it’s going to be watched closely, and people are going to pick on funny scenes like this. It should stay in your mind.
ad: You start doing it and within the first couple it takes you, Please God. did you understand? Let this end. But then, I don’t know, three or four takes, it just feels like any other scene. And you ask for another. You’re like, “Can we go back again, Mike? I swear I can come up with better than that.”
This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.
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