Hulu is bringing us four more weddings and an additional funeral next week with their 10-episode Four Weddings and A Funeral adaptation. Mindy Kaling co-created the show and its new characters who attend the five events in question. Game of Thrones‘ Nathalie Emmanuel plays Maya, a woman who may find love when she travels to London for a wedding.
Emmanuel was on Hulu’s Television Critics Association panel for Four Weddings and a Funeral. She shared some of the homages she made to the classic Hugh Grant/Andie MacDowell film and what makes the modern show stand out. Four Weddings and a Funeral premieres Wednesday, July 31 on Hulu.
Nathalie Emmanuel begins ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ with the same words as Hugh Grant
Fans who’ve seen Four Weddings and a Funeral hundreds of times in the last 25 years probably know every word by heart. You don’t have to be a die-hard fan to remember the first words Hugh Grant speaks in the film. His first words are a series of F words. Emmannuel got to recreate that as she began Four Weddings and A Funeral.
“I think my preparation was just being British,” Emmanuel joked. “We swear a lot. We curse a lot.”
Grant’s F-bombs were so memorable, Emmanuel did try to make them her own.
“Yeah, there’s lots of ways you can say the F word, and I enjoyed exploring those,” she said. “There’s something very cathartic about yelling that word a lot. You should try it. It’s good.”
The one classic line Emmanuel tried to get into ‘Four Weddings and A Funeral’
The F word montage is a direct quote from the original film, and Kaling pays tribute to other Richard Curtis films like Love Actually in different episodes. The cast had their own favorite lines from Four Weddings and a Funeral they were trying to slip in.
“There was one scene where I kept going at the end of the take, I’d be like, ‘Is it raining?’” Emmanuel said. “And then they were like, ‘Stop.’”
London reprises its role in ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’
The cast and characters are different, it’s updated for modern-day, but some things still make it Four Weddings and a Funeral. There are the weddings and funeral of course, and also London plays itself once again.
“I think London, as well, is very much a character in the show,” Emmanuel said. “It was such a beautiful tribute to London, really and I think the show really reflects London in its casting, and like the stories that we tell. I was really excited as a person who lives in London.”
Maya was always Nathalie Emmanuel’s role
The cast includes Rebecca Rittenhouse, Sophia La Porta and Zoe Boyle, all great roles for great actors. Emmanuel said Maya was the only role she auditioned for and was happy to land her.
“I can’t say I particularly was drawn to any other character,” Emmanuel said. “Maya is somebody that I related to pretty instantaneously.”