Jessica Brown Findlay has admitted she tried potato peel pie for her role in new movie ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’ but found the recipe to be unpleasant.Jessica Brown Findlay tried potato peel pie for her role in new movie ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’.
The 28-year-old actress plays Elizabeth McKenna in the British historical drama, which is based on the novel of the same name by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, which is inspired by American author Shaffer’s trip to Guernsey in the Channel Islands.
During filming, Jessica decided it was only right to taste the dish mentioned in the title but she didn’t enjoy the pie prepared on set, however, she had it again when it had been cooked to a different recipe and found it to be “lovely”.
The pie was created during the Nazi occupation of Guernsey during World War II when food and ingredients were in short supply and it was originally made with just potato, flour, eggs and milk. The dish is still cooked to this day but with more ingredients.
Speaking at the world premiere of the movie in London on Monday night, she told BANG Showbiz: “I tried the pie on set but it wasn’t nice at all. However, I tried it more recently and it was lovely.”
Jessica Brown Findlay was 17 and training with the Royal Ballet when two botched ankle operations put the kibosh on her hopes of becoming the next Darcey Bussell. Having danced since the age of two, she was devastated – although she admits the experience taught her something useful.
The film’s director Mike Newell wouldn’t even eat a mouthful of the pie because it looked and sounded so unappetising to him.
He said: “I didn’t try it, I don’t want to try it because it has no flavour.”
Jessica’s co-star Lily James also walked the red carpet at the premiere and admitted she was so excited to get to tell the book’s story on the big screen because the five-year Nazi occupation which took place between 1940 and 1945 is such an important period of the island’s history.
Lily, 29, said: “I feel so passionate about this story and about Guernsey and about the people. These people have been through so much, this history that they’ve had that some people aren’t even aware of – being occupied and surviving. It’s a story I think people should see and should learn about.”
‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’ premiere was also attended by fellow cast members Michiel Huisman and Glen Powell.