Cast Soundbites: Jessica Williams

Transcript of interview taken on the set of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore – all copyright to Warner Bros.

– On Her Excitement For The Project

“It is so exciting to be apart of the Wizarding World. I mean, it’s something I’ve fantasised about probably since I was nine yeas old, like everyone else. I think that being apart of this movie is kind of a dream come true. I started reading the books when I was in the third or fourth grade, my teacher started reading it to us, and I think the magic of that series is in imagining that you are this witch or wizard, and what House you’d be in, what your alter-ego would be; and so, it’s really incredible to be a part of that. And I feel like I’ve known about this part for a couple of years, and so it’s just been this sort of like waiting in anticipation of getting to play Eulalie, and I’m really excited to be here.”

– What’s Captivating About The Wizarding World

“For me, it’s something that, it’s a story and world that’s been imprinted in my life since childhood, and I know it’s like that for so many people, and I think there’s something that feels like a cup of hot cocoa, you know, with this world. It feels like, even down from the costumes, to the names, to the spells, to the wands, to the aesthetic – like, the story, everything about it feels like it’s returning home.”

– On Eulalie Hicks’ Character

“I play Professor Lally Hicks, aka Eulalie Hicks – that’s her whole MACUSA name, her government name. She is a Charms Professor at Ilvermorny and she is very forthright, she’s very moral, she has a great sense of humour, and I think with her, she’s always walking on the forward foot, so she has a bit of an independence about her which I really love. Lally is always, no matter what, trying to do what is right, because I think there’s something inherent in her that understands that things sort of need to be done because they need to be done. And when they go to Berlin they actually don’t know what’s going to happen and I think they have to keep things random because of this vow that Dumbledore has with Grindelwald. And I think Lally, because she’s known Dumbledore for a long time, actually has an easier time trusting Dumbledore without knowing, really, what the endgame is. So there is this trust between them that I think is really strong, and it was really fun to play with Jude and try to and capture that relationship between them too.”

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore will be available to buy on DVD/BluRay/4K from Monday July 25th.