Dakota Fanning really felt like she was living in the 19th century on the set of new TV drama The Alienist, because the show’s set and costume designers refused to cut corners.
The War of the Worlds star portrays the New York Police Department’s first female employee as she helps a leading criminal psychologist, played by Daniel Bruhl, and a newspaper illustrator, portrayed by Luke Evans, solve a series of murders in the Big Apple in 1896, and she reveals award-winning costume designer Michael Kaplan ensured they all looked the part with meticulous attention to detail.
“He’s so incredible and so talented and very detail-oriented,” she gushed. “I always say when you’re filming things, if there’s 50 buttons on a shirt, they (costume officials) might make them snaps to make it easier to get them on and off; not Michael!
“Fifty real buttons that are from the 1800s! Everything was very real, which was a privilege to wear, and I think that you can tell when you watch the episodes, the amount of detail on the sets, on the costumes, and the props – everything was authentic.”
The Alienist, based on the 1994 novel of the same name by Caleb Carr, premieres on Monday (22Jan18).