WATCH Magazine: June 2022: Isabel May

“Sometimes you just have to walk with faith and not sight.”

She gave me some advice about how to operate and carry myself as a young woman in Hollywood. She’s been working in the entertainment industry for 30 years, and the industry is tough! With 1883 , you had to present and deal with some heady themes yourself. What were your takeaways? IM: You know, it’s so complicated. There are all these moral conundrums between right and wrong. And as a young person, I think about that quite a lot and I’m not really sure what to make of so much that’s happening in the world. It’s so confusing. And when you find yourself as an actor and as an artist playing those things out in a different era, it feels very real and relevant even though it’s fiction. Every day I’d ponder my character’s conversations and interactions on a bigger playing field. I still think about it. Where do you go from here personally and professionally? IM: Well, look, it’s always about trying to find a project and work that has meaning and value. That’s particularly difficult as a young actor. I felt very fortunate with 1883 because it was [made by] a creator who genuinely loved and cared deeply about his work. So to find another story like this one is my dream. I feel like there are a lot of things being made with no passion behind it. The motivation is off. It’s going to be an interesting ride!

From top: (l. to r.) McGraw, Hill, May, Dawn Olivieri, and Emma Malouff as the Dutton party in 1883 . May channeling the Carnaby Street vibe in a colorblock mod mini dress and boots

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MAY/JUNE • 2022

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