(Lesley White’s article appeared June 13 in the Times of London.)
Whatever Juliet Rylance is having, you’ll be wanting some of it too. She is as radiant playing a lovestruck Miranda as she is over a strong coffee and a cigarette on a sunny square in Madrid. The night before, in the faded baroque of the Español theatre, she starred in Sam Mendes’s minimal musical production of The Tempest, part of the Bridge Project, a company of American and English actors touring the classics from Brooklyn to Paris via Singapore, and landing at the Old Vic this month. Rylance’s happiness, however, is possibly more personal than professional. In 2008, at New York’s City Hall, she married the American actor Christian Camargo, who plays a darkly handsome Orlando to her Rosalind in As You Like It, the other half of Mendes’s double bill. When they get to her speech warning of how appalling a wife she might make — “I will be more jealous of thee than a Barbary cock pigeon over his hen, more clamorous than a parrot against rain” — he looks at her, nods and mouths a simple “Yep…”.
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