Atlanta actress Danielle Deadwyler plays key role in HBO Max’s ‘Station Eleven’

Now, Deadwyler is getting high praise from critics for his role in “Station Eleven.” IndieWire’s Libby Hill calls her performance “magnificent” and writes that she “deserves every possible acting award for which she is eligible”. For Hill, Miranda “exudes a warm, yet wary energy.” Kathleen Newman-Bremang on Refinery29 praises “Deadwyler’s physicality and precision as a performer who elevates Miranda’s conflicting personality traits from mere quirks to a fascinating dissection of human complexity”.

Deadwyler, in a recent interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, explained how she portrayed Miranda. “I’m interested in discomfort,” she says. “With ‘Station Eleven,’ there’s a certain unease about investigating what it means to be human, what it means to be an artist.”

She continued, “How do we make our world? How do we take care of each other? How do you do more than just be there? How to do more than just survive? This is what Miranda explores. It’s also something I try to do in my work.

Deadwyler said she considers herself “part of the artistic fabric of Atlanta. It is now manifesting itself on a larger scale. She has worked with every major theater company in town including The Alliance, Aurora, Theatrical Outfit, Synchronicity and True Colors. She also spent time in Vancouver and New York honing her craft.

“I declare that I am an artist,” she said. “It’s intentional for me. I don’t take it lightly. It’s truly a privilege and a gift.

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The cast of “Goodnight, Tyler” at The Alliance includes Danielle Deadwyler (left to right), Chris Harding and Alex V. Gibson. Contributed by Greg Mooney

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The cast of “Goodnight, Tyler” at The Alliance includes Danielle Deadwyler (left to right), Chris Harding and Alex V. Gibson. Contributed by Greg Mooney

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True Colors Theater’s “Smart People” stars Danielle Deadwyler and Neal Ghant. PHOTO CREDIT: Greg Mooney

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True Colors Theater’s “Smart People” stars Danielle Deadwyler and Neal Ghant. PHOTO CREDIT: Greg Mooney

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And she’s not just an actress.

“I did a lot of experimental stuff in an effort to keep some control over what I was doing as an artist,” Deadwyler said. “I moved into performance art and visual art. This turned out to be a really significant development. These different mediums inform each other. I investigate things that cross the fine line of the media.

“Station Eleven” uses a common fictional device from yesteryear that may strike a little too close to home: a nearly world-ending pandemic. It is dubbed the Georgia flu but refers to the country, not the US state. It’s also based on a 2014 bestseller of the same title by Emily St. John Mandel that long predated COVID-19. The 10-episode series swings through time, including the time periods before the pandemic, leading up to the pandemic, the weeks and months after, and a time period 20 years later.

With life imitating art, the series shot its first two episodes in Chicago just before the real pandemic hit. She remembers sitting on the Chicago L train system and wondering about germs, much like her character does on a bus in Malaysia in episode three. “I wasn’t frantic like Miranda was,” she recalls. “But I was worried.”

The pandemic shut down “Station Eleven” and Deadwyler didn’t return to the set until March 2021.

Miranda’s graphic novel, who is a primary presence throughout the series even when she is off-screen, was never released. “I appreciate his need for it to be a private thing,” she said. “Some things are just for me.”

Her biggest outburst of anger, in fact, is when she finds out that Arthur showed his mistress his graphic novel. “It’s credit for burning down a pool house,” she said, referencing a major scene from episode three. “She’s trying to do something to get to the root of who she is, like everyone else on this show.”

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Miranda gives a toast. (Photo by Warrick Page/HBO)

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Miranda gives a toast.  (Photo by Warrick Page/HBO)

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Miranda gives a toast. (Photo by Warrick Page/HBO)

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WHERE TO LOOK

“Station Eleven”, all ten episodes are now available for HBO Max subscribers

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