On “Mozart in the Jungle,” the characters played by Lola Kirke, Saffron Burrows and Bernadette Peters represent three different generations of women involved in a New York City orchestra. But there's no diva behavior involved, in fact they get along and actually help each other.
During the Amazon Prime show’s second season, their characters — respectively, oboist Hailey, cellist Cynthia and orchestra director Gloria — struggle with their personal lives as well as with a rarified industry always in flux. We briefly spoke about changing times and not quite faking their instruments.
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Bernadette Peters: I did that with “Breaking Bad.”
Saffron Burrows: I just binge-watched four episodes of “Transparent” in one evening.
Lola Kirke: There are certain movies I wish were longer. Some movies I’m like, “I wish this was over half an hour ago.” But some I wish I could know those characters more and see their development.
Saffron and Lola, neither of you is a professional musician and you have to fake playing your instruments —
Burrows: We don’t fake.
Kirke: I fake. The only thing I can play is the solo from Beethoven’s Fifth. It’s four notes long. If I say I can play the solo in Beethoven’s Fifth then you’d think I’m really good. But there’s a big difference between playing a piece on the oboe and just sounding notes on it. It’s hard to even sound a note on an oboe because it’s a ridiculous instrument.
Burrows: You look like you’re playing it. I just learn 90 seconds of everything. And when the camera keeps rolling I’m really in trouble.