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Interview: Matilda Lawler’s Acting Journey From The Apocalypse To The North Pole

In 2021 when the world was firmly in the grasp of the pandemic a fairly new face ventured the apocalypse on our television screens. As young Kirsten in HBOMax’s Station Eleven actress Matilda Lawler has made a name for real name for herself – so much so it led to a Gotham Award nomination for Outstanding Performance in a New Series.

Surprisingly, acting was not always in the cards for the previously, very shy Lawler. She eventually followed her parents’ footsteps by pursuing acting, landing her first role in a two-person play in a small, but highly-respected theater in Hoboken. That was the first step of her journey, an acting career the has covered an impressive amount of ground over a relatively short span of time, already traveling from a global apocalypse to the North Pole.

Awards Radar sat down with the actress to learn more about her work including Station Eleven, the series she has been nominated for, plus her latest project, the Disney + series, The Santa Clauses, a continuation of the popular Tim Allen-starring The Santa Clause franchise. Between these series and her work on Evil and The Gilded Age, the Lawler’s on-screen adventure has crossed the continent, genres, and time periods. And for that, she feels “very lucky.”

For an actress who has only worked professionally for only three years, she comes across like an old pro, while still not skipping past the things that make childhood so great. We discussed here origin story, working with Himesh Patel and Mackenzie Davis, Christmas music and more. Here are some interesting moments, but you can watch the interview in its entirety below for plenty more:

On her role in Station Eleven
“Something that really drew me to Kirsten to begin was that she just goes through such a transformation. She doesn’t stay the same at all. And I really love characters that do that,” said Lawler. “It is always so much for the the actor to play.”

Biggest lesson she learned working on Station Eleven:
“You don’t have to work with jerks to make something beautiful. You can work with people that are creative and treat you so well and make something amazing.”

An important lesson with which we can all agree.

Working with Tim Allen:
“He was very funny. He was hilarious to work with. He is kind of like the real Santa Claus. If you give him a hug it’s like hugging Santa Claus. He’s in really good shape! He just kind of gives those teddy bear hugs.”

Keep an eye on Lawler, her journey has just begun.

You can see her work on Station Eleven (my favorite series of last year) streaming on HBO Max and the new The Santa Clauses series premiered last week with weekly new episodes dropping until the December 14th.


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Written by Steven Prusakowski

Steven Prusakowski has been a cinephile as far back as he can remember, literally. At the age of ten, while other kids his age were sleeping, he was up into the late hours of the night watching the Oscars. Since then, his passion for film, television, and awards has only grown. For over a decade he has reviewed and written about entertainment through publications including Awards Circuit and Screen Radar. He has conducted interviews with some of the best in the business - learning more about them, their projects and their crafts. He is a graduate of the RIT film program. You can find him on Twitter and Letterboxd as @FilmSnork – we don’t know why the name, but he seems to be sticking to it.

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