Netflix’s binge-worthy new limited series is Behind Her Eyes and it has everyone talking about all the twists and turns. The series, which released on February 17, stars NYFA alum Eve Hewson as lead character Adele.
Eve Hewson studied at NYFA in 2008 in the Acting for Film program and has since appeared with Sean Penn and Frances McDormand in This Must Be the Place and Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies. Hewson also appeared alongside Taron Egerton and Jamie Foxx in Robin Hood. She recently appeared in the BBC adaption of Eleanor Catton’s novel The Luminaries as Anna Wetherell that premiered in the U.S on February 14, 2021, on Starz.
Eve Hewson as Adele in “Behind Her Eyes” (Netflix)
Hewson’s latest project, Behind Her Eyes, is a psychological thriller adapted from Sarah Pinborough’s 2017 novel of the same name. The story follows the love triangle of single mother Louise and married couple Adele (Hewson) and David. With a series of shocking twists, and a highly talked about ending, the story is nothing short of gripping, where nothing is what it seems.
Poster for “Behind Her Eyes” (Netflix)
Hewson’s character Adele is married to David, who is having an affair with the new resident to the town, Louise. Adele, surprisingly, is interested in forming a friendly connection with David’s new lover but sets off an entangled web of twisted circumstances and conspiracy.
New York Film Academy congratulates Acting for Film alum Eve Hewson on the release of her latest project and encourages everyone to check out the new limited series, now streaming on Netflix.
Long before the final school bell rings every year, kids and teens around the world are dreaming of a camp where they can do what they love all day, every day. At the New York Film Academy, camp means storytelling in the visual and performing arts. Since 1996, the visual and performing arts stars of tomorrow have found their way to NYFA, where we’ve welcomed thousands of young artists, performers, filmmakers, and designers from all over the world at our many international locations. Our campers collaborate with working industry professionals while creating their own original art, and the creative excitement can last a lifetime.
Even after summer ends and our campers go home, many take their passion for the visual and performing arts to the next level as they forge their own pathways as rising artists. Check out these incredibly inspiring stories from some of our NYFA summer camp alums.
Made famous by her breakout performance as April Ludgate on Parks and Recreation with Amy Poehler, Aubrey Plaza, attended film camp at NYFA — and even returned to the school as a Guest Speaker in 2015. Since then, she has skyrocketed from success to success, going on to astound audiences with her riveting performance as Legion to winning an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature for Ingrid Goes West in 2018.
Eve Hewson may come from a famous family, but the daughter of U2 rock star Bono has carved out her own space in the entertainment industry through hard work and talent — which she honed in NYFA’s summer camps for acting! Since her studies, Eve has acted opposite Sean Penn and Frances McDormand in This Must Be the Place, opposite James Gandolfini in Enough Said, and opposite Clive Owen in Steven Soderbergh critically acclaimed series The Knick.
New York Film Academy summer camp grad Michael Gallagher started out making hundreds of shorts on YouTube channel TotallySketch before going on to realize his dreams as a director. His directing credits include TV mini-series Interns, How to Survive High School and The Station. He’s also produced films Smiley, The Thinning, and Internet Famous. Despite being so busy, Gallagher found the time to return to NYFA as a Guest Speaker for a special screening of his film The Thinning in 2016.
An alum of NYFA’s filmmaking camps, Bex Taylor-Klaus now stars in the hit MTV TV series Scream — though savvy viewers may also recognize her from her appearances in popular shows like House of Lies, The Killing, and Arrow. And if you listen closely, you’ll be able to tell that Bex also voiced the character of Katie “Pidge” Holt in Netflix’s Voltron: Legendary Defender.
Jonathan Morgan Heit
After attending NYFA camps both as a kid and a teen, Jonathan Morgan Heit has gone on to great fun as the voice of Disney Junior’s Cubby and in commercials for Comcast, Zales, Dodge, Wal-Mart, Publix and Barilla Pasta. But you’ll also recognize him from TV smash hits including How I Met Your Mother, ER, and Close to Home, as well as films films Disney feature In Search of Santa Paws, Date Night, and Valentine’s Day.
After wrapping up NYFA’s musical theatre camp in 2010, Pati Amoroso starred as Sophie in Brazil’s production of the Broadway smash hit Mamma Mia! And in 2018, she is expanding her work from stage to screen, with production of first pilot, Don’t Dig.
Learn more about NYFA’s many summer and youth camp offerings here.
There’s nothing that makes the New York Film Academy family happier than welcoming back a former student who has gone on to major success. Thus far in her young career, former summer camp student Eve Hewson has had the privilege of working with some of the finest actors and filmmakers including the late James Gandolfini, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and Sean Penn.
Acting for Film Chair Glynis Rigsby with Eve Hewson
This Wednesday evening, December 3rd at New York Film Academy’s Battery Park location, Hewson returned to screen The Knick, in which she plays Lucy Elkins. Directed by Stephen Soderbergh and starring Clive Owen, the Cinemax series provides us with a look at the professional and personal lives of the staff at New York’s Knickerbocker Hospital during the early part of the twentieth century. Based on Hewson’s conversation with NYFA Acting Chair Glynis Rigsby, working with Soderbergh is both challenging and awarding. Often times he will only give his cast one take, so each actor must be extremely well prepared. Unlike other episodic shows, Soderbergh directs, D.P’s and edits every show. He’s very hands-on, to say the least. At the end of the day she says, “I trust Stephen so much. I love working with him.”
Hewson is a strong believer in jumping right into the audition process. She recalls going to auditions and bombing, even before and after her formal training at NYFA and other acting schools. “Try to do as much preparation as you can, so they’ll [casting directors] really like you. And try not to worry,” said Hewson.
She also recommends students tape themselves, even on their iPhones. Hewson landed many of her major roles through audition tapes, but it didn’t come easily. She says she often tapes herself doing monologues or acting out scenes, then dissects each and everyone of them to look for flaws or areas of potential improvement.
“I remember one teacher told me, when I was here at NYFA summer camp,” Hewson recalls. “She said ‘Be as rebellious as you want with your acting’. If someone tells you this is how you do it and it doesn’t work for you, say that doesn’t work for me. I don’t think that anyone has a set process. You have to find what works for you and what makes you excited because sometimes if you’re in this school—which I’ve been in and other acting schools—you can feel like if I don’t do what my teacher tells me to do, it becomes a labor. So, do the work that makes you feel confident because there are no rules.”
And last but not least, she believes its best to go into auditions without the sides—memorize the lines!
Thanks so much to Eve Hewson for coming back to NYFA and speaking to our acting students. As always it’s a proud moment to reconnect with our blossoming young talent.
St. James Place, a historical spy thriller, has quite the pedigree background behind it. Steven Spielberg will be directing a screenplay by Matt Charman and the Coen Brothers. Its cast includes Alan Alda, Amy Ryan, and frequent Spielberg collaborator Tom Hanks. Also included in the cast is Eve Hewson, 23, a rising star from Ireland who also happens to be the daughter of music legend Bono.
Hewson studied acting at the New York Film Academy in 2005 and has since found roles in music videos, thrillers and romantic comedies. She currently co-stars with Clive Owen in the Cinemax medical drama The Knick.
Spielberg’s hotly-anticipated film takes place in 1960 and stars Hanks as real-life lawyer James Donovan. Donovan was tasked with negotiating the release of a pilot shot down in the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War. Filming commenced last Fall in Hewson’s current hometown—Brooklyn, New York. Ironically, the plane shot down in both real life and in the movie was a U-2 spy plane, U-2 inspiring the name of Hewson’s father’s legendary rock band.
Dream of co-starring with Tom Hanks in a Steven Spielberg film one day? Check out New York Film Academy’s acting school program today!