Daisy Haggard did her personal “stunts” in Season 2 of “Back to Life” — together with firing off a collection of burps when her character, Miri Matteson, sips a glass of champagne at a party.
“I love burping,” Haggard, 43, advised The Post. “When I was little, I remember someone saying, ‘What are your skills?’ and I said, ‘I can belch.’ That’s how I used to make friends at school. I used to do fake burps — so I did think [about that scene], ‘Oh, I can do that! Let’s put that in!’”
It works, too, in the context of “Back to Life” since Meri is, in spite of everything, an upbeat, enjoyable individual — regardless of having served 18 years in jail for killing her teenaged buddy, Lara, by unintentionally pushing her off a cliff throughout a battle.
In Season 1 of the Showtime collection, which aired in 2019, Meri returned residence to the English seaside city of Lythe after being sprung from jail, moved again in along with her flustered mother and father, Oscar and Caroline (Richard Durden, Geraldine James), bought a job, and struck up a detailed friendship with next-door-neighbor Billy (Adheel Akhtar) — all whereas coping along with her standing as a neighborhood villain.
The six-episode second season (Mondays at 10 p.m.) picks up three weeks after the Season 1 finale. “The town is still divided; Miri has maybe a few more allies but there’s less animosity towards her,” Haggard mentioned. “Just when Miri’s life is about to begin, after she bought by way of the hurdle of coming residence, the daddy of the lifeless woman [who she killed] comes again to city and makes it as unattainable for [Miri] as he probably can.
“I wanted to explore her relationship with Lara’s parents coming back into town,” she mentioned. “I all the time felt like that was an omission in Season 1, and in order to have a slight ingredient of thriller, of thriller, somewhat than producing one thing out of nothing … this man is a real menace to Miri, not simply to her happiness, however to her, bodily. He’s an offended man who has an precise motive towards her.
“If you think we put Miri through the ringer in Season 1, you ain’t seen nothing yet!”
Miri additionally sports activities a unique coiffure this season — a crimped look reminiscent of the fur of the Alpacas she so loves. “What I like about Miri is her optimism, and the optimism in her decision for a new fashion look, but she doesn’t quite realize that she’s gone a bit too far on it,” Haggard mentioned. “It’s her attempt at new beginnings but it’s also not quite allowing her to look great. You shouldn’t crimp [your hair] quite that much.”
Haggard, who additionally co-stars reverse Martin Freeman on the FX comedy “Breeders,” which is able to return subsequent year for a 3rd season, created “Back to Life” and co-writes every episode with Laura Solon (they met when Haggard starred in the BBC Three sketch-comedy collection “Man Stroke Woman”). She mentioned the unique thought for the collection was generated by a mix of elements.
“It’s quite a big mixture,” she mentioned. “There were a couple of women at the time who’d done something I read about in the paper and, oddly, the way it was reported … made me feel quite uncomfortable. They were sexualized or something, ‘bad,’ ‘evil women,’ ‘vixens.’ When I was younger, someone I knew had a terrible accident, and … it fascinated and disturbed me at those times when something goes wrong at such a vulnerable, heightened age. We are all upset at times in our lives and are sometimes not far from making a terrible mistake. There are things in life that can just happen and turn your whole life upside-down.”