So you found out about Emma’s death while watching the movie?
Yeah, yah-yah-yah-yeah. I wasn’t expecting it but it made it much—it made it painful in a different way when I was reading it.
What was your reaction?
It was weird because I was in a lot of pain because I had slipped a disc in my back. So I was like waddling around everywhere. And I just remember, my jaw dropping and being very, very shocked. And very, very sad about it. When I started to get closer to the role, I felt even more when, you know, when I was reading it because there’s a beautiful line that kind of ends her life.
And it just says, “And Emma Morley dies,” and it’s—[Woodall’s breath hitches]—Ugh, I’m kind of feeling it just now. It’s very painful.
How did you slip your disk?
It’s a long story but I did it years ago. I was on a plane from LA to Sydney [in 2019]. And we hit turbulence and the plane dropped like 100 feet, three times. And the first time, I was asleep, and my seatbelt was undone. So I woke up midair. And like, everyone was screaming, and I didn’t fully feel it.
You always felt a little bit like crappy when you get off a long flight but it was only when I got to the hotel and I was really struggling to breathe. I went down to the hotel desk and I said to them, like, “I’m really struggling—something’s very wrong.” And they said they were going to call a masseuse for me. It was like midnight. So I went back to my room—I’d been given some painkillers—and I fell asleep. And then I woke up to like, four hotel staff over my bed, because they’d obviously been calling my room to say the masseuse had arrived and I didn’t answer because I was fast asleep. And they came to my door, they knocked…Nothing. And they were like, Oh my God, this kid has just died in our hotel. And we’re gonna have to go in…and they shook me awake.