Hannah Marks On 'Dirk Gently' And Learning To Play The Drums

The show premieres on October 22

Photographed by Ellie McLean. Styled by Laura Mazza.

The following feature appears in the September 2016 issue of NYLON.

“You’re not going to be impressed by this at all,” says Hannah Marks as she searches for a video that shows off her newly acquired drumming skills. Sitting in the shade at a coffee shop in Studio City in Los Angeles, Marks continues to scroll through her phone with purpose. “Where is it? Oh no, hold on. This is crucial.”

The 23-year-old actress learned to play the drums for her latest role in BBC America’s Dirk Gently, an eccentric dark comedy about an unusual detective and his assistant, Todd (played by Samuel Barnett and Elijah Wood respectively), who solve one sprawling mystery per season. Marks plays Amanda, a former drummer in a punk band who is also the title character’s sister. “It was really fun and wild,” Marks says of her experience shooting the Max Landis-penned show, which is inspired by the Douglas Adams book series. 

Her character, she explains, is plagued by a nerve disease that leaves her agoraphobic. Marks admits it’s not too far off from her own personality, citing the “death machines” that are cars as her main phobia. It was her father who kindly drove her to this interview. “Everyone jokes that I’m perfect for this character because I’m so useless,” she says. “I am very afraid of a lot of things. I get scared easily and I have a lot of anxiety, so I can easily channel Amanda.”

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