Lauren Ridloff had the chance of a lifetime when she met Chloe Zhao, Oscar-winning director of “Nomadland”, about the possibility of playing a superhero in “Eternals”. Ridloff began connecting with Zhao immediately and even gave her a name in American Sign Language. Ridloff was particularly blown away by Zhao’s casual nature and recalled her second encounter with the filmmaker as very peaceful while chatting with W Magazine.
Ridloff was able to bring aspects of her real-life personality into the role of Makkari, from her love of reading, her deafness and the fact that she is a runner. While the Makkari character is traditionally portrayed as male in the comics, Zhao swapped the role for the role because of how well Ridloff suited the role, much like Salma Hayek’s Ajak and Lia McHugh’s Sprite.
Makkari has made it past the events of “Eternals” and is currently on the ship with Thena (Angelina Jolie) and Druig (Barry Keoghan) as they begin their search for their kind. Ridloff’s character is definitely a fan favorite, and MCU members hope to see more of the character in the future.
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