If you were being about to star as the lead in a new clearly show dubbed the upcoming Recreation of Thrones, you’d almost certainly freak out, right? But then again, if you are Jessie Mei Li, you will probably just have on as usual. The up-and-coming 25-year-previous British actress stars in Netflix’s most current mega creation, the adaptation of creator Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone young-grownup (YA) series. The show follows Li’s character, the protagonist, Alina Starkov, as she navigates discovering and in the long run revealing her hidden powers. It’s a classic underdog-to-superhero tale.
I’m talking to Li more than Zoom only a week following the release of the show—the peak of Shadow and Bone’s buzz. Because landing on our screens, it is stayed at quantity a single on Netflix UK’s most-viewed exhibits and is at this time selection two in the U.S. I cannot assist but straight away talk to the noticeable: Has life adjusted right away? “I’ve hardly ever been drawn to the notion of superstar and that sort of thing. I’m not great adequate to be in the general public eye,” she laughs. When we chatted, Li, clad in an outsized T-shirt, shorts and her signature nose ring, instructed me that she was actually at her mum’s residence in Surrey, in which she grew up—surely the top signifier that she’s not been drawn into the superstar planet just still. “It is unusual mainly because I’m the very same, but people’s perception of [me] is diverse. And that is what I feel is essential to try to remember due to the fact I am just exactly the exact person and will, ideally, go on to be the very same person,” she says. “It is bizarre [that] as soon as your facial area is on Tv, absolutely everyone thinks, ‘Oh, I want to converse to you now.’”