Stephanie Szostak has essentially the most resilient tear ducts on tv.
For the primary six episodes of ABC’s “A Million Little Issues,” she cried her approach via scene after scene as her character, Delilah Dixon, coped with the sudden suicide of her husband, Jon (Ron Livingston). “I by no means go after the crying,” says Szostak, 43. “I believed, ‘If it occurs, it occurs.’ We truly did shoot a scene the place she utterly breaks down and that didn’t go into the present. In real-life, there’s some extent when you don’t have any tears left.”
Delilah isn’t fairly there but, however luckily for Szostak, she’s not the type of widow who wears black for a 12 months. She has two kids to boost. And there’s one different factor. Let’s name it Huge Secret No. 1: On the time of Jon’s workplace balcony leap, Delilah was in mattress together with her lover, Eddie (David Guintoli), considered one of Jon’s finest pals, an unhappily married 40-year-old guitar instructor.
“Jon was the supplier and the accountable one, however he didn’t hear or see Delilah,” says Szostak, 43. “Eddie is in the identical state of affairs. Their spouses don’t admire them. They discover a actual connection.”
“A Million Little Issues” wouldn’t be ABC’s reply to “This Is Us” if there wasn’t a Huge Secret No. 2: Delilah is pregnant. Delilah was so tortured that she tried to terminate the being pregnant — the present’s most graphic scene. “It was an uncomfortable second to movie and an uncomfortable second to stay in,” she says. “Whereas I used to be doing the scene, I felt how your thoughts says one factor, however your coronary heart says one thing else. You didn’t know what Delilah was going to do till the final second. It felt like an eternity.”
Szostak was born in France, within the Parisian suburb of La Celle Ste. Cloud, to a French mom and American father. She moved to the US after highschool to attend the School of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. “We don’t have liberal arts schools in France and we don’t have school sports activities and I play golf competitively,” she says. Her father launched her to the sport and he or she credit golf with bettering her powers of focus.
“A spherical of golf is 4 hours. You possibly can’t let the unhealthy pictures get in the way in which of the great ones.” she says. “I believe golf is a extremely good approach to develop a very good psychological recreation.”
Earlier than she went into appearing, Szotak modeled and had a profession in advertising and marketing, working at Chanel, a useful reference level for her position reverse Meryl Streep’s beastly Miranda Priestly in “The Satan Wears Prada.” Szostak performed Jacqueline Follet, the editor of French Vogue, and says their rapport was simple sufficient that she was in a position to improvise en francais with Streep. “I stated she had earrings just like the Eiffel Tower,” Szostak says. “She stated, ‘Deux Tour Eiffels.’ Didn’t make it into the film.”
“A Million Little Issues” movies in Vancouver, taking Szostak removed from her husband, Britt, and their two sons, who stay in Connecticut. She flies dwelling as usually as she will be able to. With the present wrapping early subsequent 12 months, she’ll get a break from the sobbing. “Delilah and Eddie are two characters the followers have a tough time understanding and forgiving,” she says.
“All of us make errors. I really feel for Delilah.”