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Interview: ‘Daisy Jones and the Six’ Star Suki Waterhouse on Finding the Style and Rhythm of Karen Sirko

Daisy Jones and the Six may not be a ‘real’ band, but good luck telling that to keyboardist Suki Waterhouse and the rest of her castmates. The group spent months during the halted COVID-era production rehearsing in LA’s famous Sound City Studios until Waterhouse and company had found the rhythm of a full-fledged 70’s-era performance band. 

Following the rise of the fictional rock band in the novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid, the series brings the atmosphere of the 1970s Los Angeles music scene to life. In our conversation, Suki Waterhouse discusses the chemistry she and the cast built in order to pay homage to the source material but also find their own sensibility as performers. 

For the four months running up to it, I wasn’t going to do anything but go into Sound City every day and rehearse as a band and that’s very unusual for any production to have that much rehearsal time…it made it more than a job and by the end when we did our final performance together we were all incredibly emotional.

Early in the series, Karen states in reference to a band manager, “Rod told me to wear low-cut shirts. I told Rod to eat shit and that was that.” This statement quickly sets the tone in characterizing her as someone who is relentlessly determined to meet her career goals in the face of a misogynistic, male-dominated industry. Waterhouse speaks to this authority she demanded as an intrinsic quality of Karen that even began to seep into and inspire her own independent music career.  

Watch our full conversation with Prime Video’s Daisy Jones and the Six star Suki Waterhouse below:


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Written by Danny Jarabek

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