The new HBO horror comedy The Baby brings a concept like Rosemary’s Baby to the modern world.
Set in the UK on Sunday April 24 (10:30pm), The Baby follows Natasha (Michelle de Swarte, The Duchess), a snarky 38-year-old who doesn’t want children. To her dismay, her close friends all have babies and that takes over all their conversations and interactions – and ruins the poker night in their view.
When she goes to a secluded spooky cabin to relax after a fight with a friend, a baby literally falls from the sky into her arms.
“I don’t have any kids and I’m about Natasha’s age too, so figuring out how Natasha was feeling was pretty easy,” de Swarte, 41, told The Post.
“I think everyone has that moment with your friend group where they move on or do something different than you, whether you have a kid or not. Whichever end of the spectrum you are on, there is something about the feelings of everyone in the room that you can relate to, especially in the poker scene. There are things I can relate to Natasha. Although I would think I’d be a bit more accommodating to my friends who have children because you have to be if you want to continue the relationship.
It soon becomes clear that this baby is surrounded by spooky happenings. When Natasha tries to get rid of the tot, he keeps turning up, and people who come into close contact with him often meet horrible ends. When she goes to the police, they too are at a loss.
De Swarte said she didn’t just have a minor co-star, although there is a baby on screen.
“We had twins and then a few more. So there were probably about four to five babies on call any day,” she said.
“Strangely, babies have zero respect for being on set. So there were a lot of tears because they are babies and there is a lot of stimulation, lights and sounds. In general, I began to learn that you have about three takes. I just got used to the baby’s rhythm. You have to work around them somehow. When the baby was well behaved and relaxed, I would say, ‘Be careful not to misunderstand your line, because this is your moment.’”
This is only de Swarte’s second acting career – before that she was mainly a model (for brands like Burberry and Tommy Hilfiger), stand-up comedian and TV host of series like Woman with Gloria Steinem.
“I’m really happy that the first show I did was ‘The Duchess’ with Netflix, I got that through stand-up comedy and I had written and directed short films before that. I didn’t think I would end up becoming an actor,” she said. “I didn’t think it was a feasible thing to hedge on that. I thought, ‘Wow, that seems like a real long shot.’ So, it’s pretty new, in the last three years. And so far it has been extremely random.”
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