First Look at Apple TV+’s Lessons in Chemistry, premiering Oct 13! – TRAILER

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Apple TV+ unveils a preview of its new series Lessons in Chemistry, starring and produced by Brie Larson (Captain Marvel), based on the acclaimed best-selling novel by Bonnie Garmus. Let’s take a first look!

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SYNOPSIS

Set in the early 1950s, “Lessons in Chemistry” follows Elizabeth Zott (played by Brie Larson), whose dream of being a scientist is put on hold in a patriarchal society. When Elizabeth finds herself fired from her lab, she accepts a job as a host on a TV cooking show, and sets out to teach a nation of overlooked housewives — and the men who are suddenly listening — a lot more than recipes.

CAST

  • Brie Larson
  • Aja Naomi King
  • Stephanie Koenig
  • Patrick Walker

Showrunner: Lee Eisenberg

Executive Producers: Lee Eisenberg, Susannah Grant, Brie Larson and Jason Bateman.

How Brie Larson’s Costume Designer Made Lab Coats Fashionable

Costume designer Mirren Gordon-Crozier wanted to portray Elizabeth’s growth and journey from lab tech to eventual cooking show host of “Supper at Six,” showing a young woman with passion and drive, a woman who didn’t conform. She picked green as Elizabeth’s signature color.

The first time audiences see Elizabeth is at the top of the premiere episode in a flash-forward. In a long-shot take, Elizabeth enters the TV studio and the camera follows her in.

“That’s her signature green. I wanted to make that color iconic from the beginning. I also made sure the back was interesting with buttons down the back, a V-shaped neck and she’s wearing cigarette pants,” says Gordon-Crozier. “She puts on her lab coat with matching royal green silk piping – and that color is carried throughout.”

While Elizabeth is at the Hastings lab, Gordon-Crozier used dusty muted tones.

“I used teal, salmon pink and down-to-earth colors that had a certain brightness whenever light shone on them.” She adds, “I don’t really use much pink on her because she’s not much of a pastel gal.”

At the lab, Elizabeth has to attend a work beauty pageant. The secretaries are dressed to impress.

“They are dressed to meet a husband, and work for them is an interim solution until they become a husband,” explains Gordon-Crozier. “So, the beauty contest was autumnal-themed. They’re really looking forward to this every year, and they match a lot. It’s unprofessional and they had to do it in this work setting which is why Elizabeth dislikes it. So, she just wears what she has in her closet. It’s simple, not sexy and not revealing.”

When Elizabeth is caught off guard and falls in love with Calvin (Lewis Pullman), Gordon-Crozier softens her look a bit.

“She starts wearing beige and cream colors. When she’s in Hastings, she wears this beautiful linen circle skirt and a cream top to show she cares more about her appearance.”

As the show evolves, Gordon-Crozier has fun with Larson’s lab coats.

”She cooks in a lab coat because she considers an apron to be silly. The lab coat covers more surface areas and it has pockets,” Gordon-Crozier says. “We start doing a couture situation where every episode is a different lab coat. She starts to have fun with it and isn’t so oppressed by her fashion.”

Elsewhere, Gordon-Crozier picked warm fabrics such as linens and twills for Elizabeth’s wardrobe. “Knitwear was really important because it added texture and depth to her costumes.”

Showing that Elizabeth’s mind was on her work more than her clothes, she would simply piecemeal things together, unlike other women who matched shoes, gloves and bags.

As for her inspiration? Everything from Sears catalogs to the eternally glamorous silhouettes of Grace Kelly. Says Gordon-Crozier, “She has her hair in berets and out of her face. As she goes to ‘Supper at Six,’ she crops it a bit and gets up to date.”

Team Breaks Down Harriet’s Major Diversion From the Book

In Lessons in Chemistry’s two-episode premiere, a surprising star emerged: Aja Naomi King’s Harriet Sloane.

Since the series is told “through the eyes of a white woman trying to have people see her worth in a white male dominated world,” expanding Harriet’s story “felt like an opportunity,” showrunner and co-executive-producer Lee Eisenberg tells TVLine.

By diving deeper into Harriet, Eisenberg says that the series can shed light on a story that the book missed — that “of a Black woman who has all the same constraints placed on her that Elizabeth does, but then compounded by the fact that she’s living in a completely racist society.”

How did the series go about inventing a character who wasn’t in the novel? They turned to history.

The real-life controversy surrounding the construction of the Santa Monica Freeway — the westernmost stretch ofInterstate 10 — became Harriet’s central conflict. In the premiere, we watch Harriet formally oppose the freeway at a city council meeting as a community representative from the Adams Washington Committee.

“We learned the story of this association that, fictionally is led by Harriet, but in real life pushed back against this racist bureaucracy that was building the 10 freeway — and expanding it — and was going to destroy this Black community,” Eisenberg says.

Once the Lessons in Chemistry team discovered the story of the Los Angeles neighborhood, they couldn’t ignore it.

“We were horrified that we are from L.A., or we live here, and we did not know the history of Sugar Hill,” co-executive producer Sarah Adina Smith says. “We felt very compelled to try and bring that to screen through Harriet’s story.”

“Really wanted everything to be grounded in reality, especially for Brie and her character and her world. But we also wanted a stylistic twist to it so that it was aesthetically pleasing.” ,” costume designer Mirren Gordon-Crozier

“In movies during that time, women were shown as being quite glamorous. Audrey Hepburn was one of the first characters we would see more casually in a movie like Breakfast at Tiffany‘s or even Funny Face where she’s dressed down wearing cigarette pants and a frumpy sweater,” explains Gordon-Crozier. “So, the research I did was more off-duty actresses behind the scenes at home, and also focusing in on working women who did have families and women who had a different persona as well. So, Lauren Bacall, for instance, and the clothes that she would wear at home, and Grace Kelly — very simple and chic looks where she was usually wearing pants and a men’s button-down shirt.”

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“We have a very open dialogue, so she doesn’t have to beat around the bush if she doesn’t want to wear something,” says the costumer.

“But I’m really into character development and understanding what a character’s mental state is in a scene so she allowed me to really explore it on my own, and then when we had our long fittings, I think we were both able to help each other as well.”

“There’s a lot of similarities in the way that Harriet and Elizabeth dress, just in their color palette and their textures and patterns and things like that,” she explains. “Subconsciously, I wanted there to be a unity between the two of them. I can completely relate to Elizabeth in the sense of being a working mother. There’s always a push and pull between being a mom and providing for your family and also being passionate and good at what you want to do,” says Gordon-Crozier. “I think she’s quite an inspiration. Elizabeth never really gives up even though the world tries to bring her down.”

“We put our heads together and came up with every woman’s dream kitchen.” Production Designer Cat Smith

“One of my favorite kitchens from the ‘50s is this colonial style kitchen that has oak cabinets and strapped black wrought iron hinges,” says Smith. “I’ve always thought of it as a sort of weirdly cozy, but at the same time kind of impractical kitchen, but the problem was that it looked too cool and interesting,” she recalls of her first concept for the cooking show set. “When Brie saw it, she’s like, ‘You know, I almost want this kitchen. And really, I should be feeling the opposite.’”

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To conjure up that sentiment, Smith says she “leaned heavily into the things that I would dislike the most— like the pink.”

She also dramatized the structure of the elements in the kitchen to mimic a special effects trick that was used at the time. “There’s a Hollywood Regency style that they used to do where everything is a little bit exaggerated on set so that it would appear crisper on TV. For instance, a molding would be larger, or it would have bigger swoops so that the shadow lines would fall in the right place. I leaned really heavily into that as well.”

“A chemistry consultant that we had said, ‘You know, chemistry people just laugh all the time at what they set up for chemistry experiments on TV sets, because it’s all these different color liquids and thing and it’s really not like that,” Smith recalls. “He said, ‘But don’t stop doing it because we kind of love it.’ But we didn’t do a lot of that.”

“They wanted to shut down a freeway and film on the freeway, but the problem, of course, is this would have been a brand new freeway, and most of the ones you can shut down, they’re just not new,” Smith explains.

“Back then, when they were building a freeway, especially through a neighborhood, they were bulldozing. The trees and stuff would have been brand new. Most freeways now have giant hedges on the side, so that was a problem.”

The solution came in the form of a maintenance yard for freeways that was discovered by a location scout. “Above you are two freeways going into each other so there’s just so many bridges, and I’ve always wanted to shoot under a freeway because it reminds me in a weird way of Roman ruins,” says Smith. “When LA eventually becomes a ruin, the only columns that will be left are going to be these freeway structures.”

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