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‘The Flatshare’ stars did their own stunts: writing post-its


LONDON — “The Flatshare” stars Jessica Brown Findlay and Anthony Welsh got to do all their own stunts in their new rom-com TV series.

The stunts in question? Writing post-it notes, which sometimes required multiple takes: “I’ve sent so many back like, ‘It’s great, but that’s not how you spell that word,'” laughed Brown Findlay.

Based on Beth O’Leary’s bestseller which has been translated into more than 25 languages, “The Flatshare” revolves around two strangers who live in the same apartment – one at night and the other during the day. They communicate through the sticky notes. It airs on Paramount Plus on December 1.

“We’ve already created our own handwriting,” Brown Findlay explained.

Welsh added that they should write out about five of each note.

“Jessie knows this now, but I was secretly competing with her because every day the props department would say, ‘You’ve got a lot to do today.’ And I thought, ‘How many do we have?’” he described. “‘We have 40.’ “Okay, 40—damn it. How many has Jessie done already?” ‘She’s done them all.’”

The television series follows the relationship that develops between Leon and Tiffany, played by Welsh (“Fleabag”, “The Great”) and Brown Findlay (“Downton Abbey”, “Brave New World”).

Most of the show is set in the London apartment the characters share, with panels that could be removed to allow filming in the small space.

Once Tiffany moves in, she takes over the space, Welsh said.

“It felt like Tiff’s flat from day one. And I was like, ‘Okay Peter (Cattaneo, director), tell me what’s mine and what’s hers,’ and 85% of this stuff belongs to Tiffany,” he said. “Leon almost lives a very, simple, minimalist life, but she brings a lot of color to the set.”

Brown Findlay said she had “lots of roommates and stuff, crazy flats.”

“I once rented a flat because there was Harry Potter wallpaper in the toilet. I just didn’t see anything else, everything else about the flat was horrible and I just ignored it all,” she said.

She admitted to worrying that she was “kind of a weird roommate who wouldn’t come out of their room very often” in her past flat-sharing arrangements.

“Sometimes you’re like, ‘I just need some space,’ or you like taking really long baths and stuff, and they’re like, ‘You’ve used all the hot water,'” she said. “Yeah, I don’t know if I was always great.”

But for their own flatsharing arrangement, the protagonists – who had not met before – happily worked together.

“We kind of fangirled each other out,” Brown Findlay said.

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