Mackenzie Davis showed off her rugged survivalist look on Thursday in the first set images to emerge from her upcoming HBO Max miniseries Station Eleven.
The 34-year-old Canadian actress stars on the show as part of a traveling theater company traversing the US in the wake of a deadly pandemic that has wiped out most of the world’s population.
She was spotted filming a scene in which her character Kirsten runs into another person in the woods while sporting a hefty tree pruning saw.
Roughing it: Mackenzie Davis, 34, showed off her rugged survivalist look and a tree pruning saw Thursday on the set of her HBO Max miniseries Station Eleven
Considering that her character is living in a post-apocalyptic society, it made sense for Mackenzie’s wardrobe to be a hodgepodge of whatever her character could find.
She wore a blue-and-gray one-piece swimsuit as a top while also wearing a dirty gray floral skirt.
The Halt And Catch Fire star wrapped a coral striped shawl around her waist and wore her golden brown locks in a braided ponytail.
To add to the sense of realism, she also sported unshaved underarms for the role.
She could be seen walking through a campground and into the woods, where she met another person while holding the saw.
Mix and match: Her character had a hodgepodge look with a blue-and-gray one-piece swimsuit top, plus a gray floral skirt and a coral striped shawl wrapped around her midriff
Au naturel: She added some veracity to her post-apocalyptic style by showing off her unshaved underarms
There wasn’t much in the campground set to distinguish it from a contemporary camping setup, though one pickup truck features a cover with ‘Survival is Insufficient’ written over one window.
Mackenzie’s new series is based on the acclaimed novel Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, which takes place around North America’s Great Lakes region and follows a traveling theater company.
Two decades earlier, a swine flu pandemic known as the Georgia Flu swept across the globe, killing most humans.
Mackenzie plays Kirsten, who was just a child when the pandemic devastated the world.
She’s now part of the Travelling Symphony, a group that acts out the plays of Shakespeare and gives classical music performances in two-year tours.
When she’s not busy performing, Mackenzie’s character obsessively researches an actor who died of a heart attack before her eyes when she was eight, played in flashbacks by Gael García Bernal.
Survivor: Mackenzie stars as one of the members of a traveling theater company two decades after a pandemic wiped out most of the world’s population
On set: She was seen walking through the woods and a camp set before meeting another person while carrying the pruning saw. The show also stars Himesh Patel and Gael García Bernal
Station Eleven was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pen/Faulkner Award, and it earned the Arthur C. Clarke Award for science fiction and the Toronto Book Award.
Starring opposite Mackenzie in the series is Yesterday’s Himesh Patel, who plays Jeevan, an unemployed man who takes on a leadership role as society collapses amid the Georgia Flu.
The series is being directed by Hiro Murai, best known for helming much of Donald Glover’s acclaimed FX series Atlanta, as well as his This Is America video.
Production first began in January of 2020 in Chicago, before the coronavirus pandemic halted filming. It resumed in February of this year, and is expected to wrap up sometime in July.
Despite its timeliness with the ongoing pandemic, Station Eleven was originally envisioned as a film years earlier, and the series was ordered for HBO Max back in 2019.
Acclaimed performance: The Halt And Catch Fire star had a banner 2020, culminating in the hit romantic comedy Happiest Season, which she starred in with Kristen Stewart
Although the ongoing coronavirus pandemic kept many actors out of work for months, Mackenzie was lucky enough to have multiple films completed prior to film set shutdowns.
She starred in the Turn Of The Screw adaptation The Turning early last year, before appearing in Jon Stewart’s political comedy Irresistible, which also starred Steve Carell and Topher Grace.
Her holiday comedy Happiest Season debuted on Hulu and earned the biggest debut to date for the streamer, according to Deadline.
She stars as a lesbian woman who forces her girlfriend (Kristen Stewart) to go back into the closet when they visit her seemingly conservative family, who still think she’s straight.
The movie was also a hit with critics, who singled out the strong cast, which also featured Allison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, Dan Levy and Mary Steenburgen.