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Making A Scene: ‘Baby Reindeer’ Stars Richard Gadd and Jessica Gunning Break Down the First Time Donny Met Martha, Gunning’s Audition Tapes and That Laugh

"Baby Reindeer's" stars Jessica Gunning and Richard Gadd break down the first meeting between Donny and Martha, Gunning's audition and more.

That innocuous gesture between a failed comedian turned barhand named Donny ( Richard Gadd) and his soon-to-be stalker, Martha ( Jessica Gunning) would spark a chain of events eventually culminating in the streaming success of “ Baby Reindeer ” on Netflix. “I went to a comedy club back home and it was cabaret seating and I was like, ‘Oh no, I hope I don’t find this guy too funny because it might be a bit scary hearing my old laugh in the background.’” After four months of chemistry tests and one random audition after Netflix sent notes asking if Gunning could be “aged up,” inspiring the actor to hire a makeup artist, find a wig, and send out an older taping of Martha, eventually, she landed the part.

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