‘His Home’: Wunmi Mosaku & Sope Dirisu break up essentially the most unforgettable scenes of the Netflix movie
Just in case you missed my talk with writer and director Remi Weekes earlier this week, I love his house. Right now it’s one of my favorite 2020 films. I’m very confident that Weekes has quite a career ahead of him, and I see his two stars, Wunmi Mosaku and Ṣọpẹ Dìrísù, as well. There’s a good chance you’ve seen some of her work before – perhaps Mosaku in HBO’s Lovecraft Country and Dìrísù in Gangs of London – but the level of chemistry and talent shown at His House is especially undeniable.
Dìrísù and Mosaku play Bol and Rial, a Sudanese couple seeking asylum in the UK. After making the harrowing journey and spending time in a British internment camp, they are given a ramshackle home in a small English town. While there is initial hope that they can start a new life there, they soon find that their home is haunted. The problem is that because of the extremely flawed system, moving is not an option for them.
I had the chance to chat with Weekes, Mosaku and Dìrísù in January when the film premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. During this conversation it became very clear that Mosaku and Dìrísù held one another in high esteem. Now that His House is on Netflix, I had the opportunity to reconnect with Mosaku and Dìrísù and just had to ask more about what made the other such a great scene partner. This is what Dirísù said:
“We filmed the trip they make from the detention center to the house. And we’ve been in a minibus all day just driving around and there’s this take on the two characters holding hands. Wunmi was so generous in sharing something that was personal to her, as she had met her husband. Just sharing this story – well, I mean, I’ve loved Wunmi for ages, so it would be wrong to say I fell in love with her then – but her vulnerability with me really helped me get along with her connect and then Bol who connects with Rial, so it was just about Wunmi being open and generous and sharing her life and being open and free with me and vulnerable with me. I think she prepared us for an excellent journey for the rest of the shoot. “
Mosaku stepped in to further emphasize Dìrísù’s point and highlight a specific element of this scene:
“I wanted to say the openness and the generosity of the spirit. We really bonded as brother and sister in this job, and [that] has continued. You know, lying on someone’s lap isn’t easy when you don’t know a person. It’s just not. And we could find that physical vocabulary between us just because we opened up and shared one another. “
Read our in-depth conversation at the top of this article to learn more about Mosaku and Dìrísù’s experiences in making his house. The chat also includes a spoiler section where they share their thoughts on some of the film’s most memorable moments.
Wunmi Mosaku and thank you:
- Mosaku and Dìrísù highlight the moment when they knew that their collaboration on this film would be a special one.
- What is Weekes doing behind the monitor that signals to them that he loves a setting?
- Spoilers start here! Mosaku reveals the film’s key scene that was part of her reshoot schedule.
- Dìrísù reveals the meaning of the word Bol Rial yells at, which is not translated in the film.
- Mosaku says that a touch of comedy shines through such a dark scenario.
- Dìrísù discusses the frenetics while filming the scene in which Bol takes Nyagak.