‘Yellowjackets’ Cast Break Downs Shauna’s ‘Intense’ Stillbirth Episode

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Sophie Nélisse.
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Warning: This story accommodates spoilers from season 2 of Yellowjackets.

The Yellowjackets solid opened up about how the group got here collectively to movie Shauna (Sophie Nélisse)’s emotional stillbirth episode.

Samantha Hanratty recalled being “nervous” about how not solely the solid — however the crew — would deal with the tough material. “[They’re] individuals that individuals may not at all times advocate for as a lot as they do for the actors,” the actress, 27, who performs younger Misty, completely advised Us Weekly at PaleyFest. “I used to be extra nervous about [how] you by no means know what anyone’s gone via. And [the crew is] caught on set having to undergo this. So, my entire factor was ensuring that everyone was in a secure area.”

In the course of the episode, which aired on Friday, Could 5, Shauna went into labor whereas the group remained stranded within the Canadian wilderness. Misty used her medical information to assist Shauna ship the newborn — which is what the Showtimes sequence initially led the viewers to consider occurred.

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Sophie Nélisse, Jasmin Savoy.
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Shauna’s recollections in regards to the first days of motherhood — and a stunning second the place her associates seemingly ate her child — had been revealed to be hallucinations. The highschool scholar regained consciousness solely to seek out out that her toddler didn’t survive.

In response to Hanratty, the present relied on specialists to assist movie such a heavy story line. “All people was OK. We had an intimacy coordinator [to address the] very heavy subjects that individuals really undergo each day. I do know it’s hit my household with loss earlier than like that. So, I believe that simply being cautious of one another, being there for one another, being loving towards one another was very, crucial,” she continued. “And simply having lots of care towards ourselves and towards everyone.”

In the meantime, Liv Hewson recalled checking in on Nélisse, 23, all through the method.

“Filming that episode was attention-grabbing as a result of all of us knew that we needed to have one another’s backs rather a lot. Everybody particularly was very targeted on supporting Sophie — ensuring she had all the pieces she wanted,” the Australia native, 27, who performs teenage Van, detailed to Us. “So, it was intense, tough days, however we had been all actually locked in and actually protecting one another afloat.”

Hewson, who prefers they/them pronouns, referred to the expertise as “rewarding” as an actor, including, “[It is] intense. And it was a tough, difficult week, however I’m very pleased with the work all of us did.”

Earlier than the episode premiered on Showtime, Nélisse warned followers to organize for darker sequences in season 2.

“There are scenes which might be graphic, to say the least, and I bear in mind simply doing it, and [the cast] all sat and checked out one another, and we had been like ‘What the f—ok are we doing. Like, actually, what the f—ok are we doing,” the E book Thief star, who performs teen Shauna, stated throughout a panel in December 2022. “You’ll have a look at it, and also you’ll perceive, however I don’t suppose you’ve ever seen such a scene in TV earlier than.”

The Canada native famous that episode 6 affected her on an emotional stage, telling Selection that very same month, “After I learn this particular episode, I bear in mind being terrified. I learn it, and I used to be like, very excited, after which instantly sobbed. I used to be speaking to my psychologist, and I used to be like, ‘I can’t do it, I’m not ok for this.’ I used to be freaking out.”

Yellowjackets is offered to stream on Fridays and airs on Showtime Sundays at 9 p.m. ET.

With reporting by Stephanie Webber