In December 2022, Emma Dutton actress Marley Shelton, along with her co-star (and on-screen husband) James Badge Dale, spoke to Decider about their characters’ arcs and their experiences working on 1923. During the discussion, Shelton described what it was like working with Helen Mirren.
Noting that they met during “cowboy camp,” Shelton said, “She swam in during breakfast and came to our table before our morning horseback ride. She said, ‘You must be the actors’ and asked if she could sit down. We were all pretty impressed with the stars and she just put everyone at ease straight away like she does. She has such a great sense of humor. So we were on our way to the races.
After their first meeting over breakfast, Shelton and Mirren had the same task: learn how to drive a buggy. Of course, they bonded over the experience. Shelton said: “Both Helen and I needed to learn how to drive a buggy, so we bonded over the challenges of buggy driving. She was so brave and willing to embrace that work ethic and playfulness.”
Describing what the bonding experience looked like from the outside, Dale chimed in: “We were at Cowboy Camp just hanging out with the wranglers and horses and you would see Marley and Helen going 60 miles an hour in a buggy. It was wild!”