"With TV, it's so quick and things change so much," the 'Daisy Jones & the Six' star said during a Sundance panel
Riley Keough prefers a film set to a TV one!
Hot off of her first-ever Emmy nomination for her titular role in Daisy Jones & the Six, the actress, 34, headed to Park City, Utah, to promote her movie Sasquatch Sunset at Sundance Film Festival — and opened up about why she prefers film as a medium.
On Saturday, Keough was one of five female filmmakers highlighted in a panel at The Indigenous House, which was presented by IllumiNative, a social justice organization she frequently supports.
During the panel, she revealed that she isn’t particularly fond of TV’s fast pace.
“In my experience, that's where I've struggled the most, because it's so fast. You're not getting that time,” Keough explained. “With film, you're usually lucky enough to get rehearsal time. With TV, it's so quick and things change so much.”
While chatting with her friend and War Pony collaborator Gina Gammell, host Tazbah Chavez, and fellow panelists Jana Schmieding and Alexandra Lazarowich, the Zola actress revealed that the thing she values most while working on any project — film or TV — is creative freedom.
Describing her own filmmaking “approach,” Keough underscored the importance of doing “so much prep that when you get there, you are allowed the freedom to just live in the moment.”
“It's the same with acting,” she said. “I will obviously learn my scenes very well, but I also really like being spontaneous. I'm not somebody who does it the same every time."
"I don't like hitting my mark," she continued. "It's one of those things, I don't want to do that. I can, and especially with TV, you have to, but I think that I really thrive when I'm allowed to have freedom.”
So, when Keough helms a project — like her directorial debut, War Pony — she tries to “create that for myself, because you don't always get that.”
“Whenever I'm allowed the freedom of feeling like I'm doing it the first time every time, is what I'll do,” she added.
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Daisy Jones was Keough’s first lead role in a TV series, but it wasn't her first foray into television, as she had previously appeared on series including The Terminal List, Riverdale and The Girlfriend Experience.
Chatting with PEOPLE about her experience playing a musician in Daisy Jones at the series' premiere, Keough — the granddaughter of Elvis Presley — said, "I mean, it was amazing because I'm passionate about music and we had rehearsed for a year and a half."
"So by the time we got to the stage, it was very exciting and we were all just like thrilled to be able to test out the thing we'd been practicing for so long and it was wonderful," she added.
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