Pete Davidson is stepping out of his Saturday Night Live career and focusing on making movies and standup. His acting career took off last year when he dropped The King of Staten Island, a movie based on his life before SNL. Aside from his amazing acting in the movie, he has some very talented co-stars such as Bel Powley and Marissa Tomei. Bel Powley who plays his childhood friend and friend with benefits has shared how great her relationship with Pete Davidson is.
The King of Staten island follows Scott, a young boy whose father passed away on 9/11. Scott with the help of family and friends tries to move on from the death as well as figure out what he wants for his life.
Bel Powley & Her Character Kelsey
Within the movie, we learn that her character Kesley wants to help make Staten Island a bigger attraction. Those who live in New York City know that many people tend to judge Staten Island and don’t consider it part of the city. Kelsey on the other hand really wants to work hard and work for the city to help increase the image of the island. The character herself is also a huge embodiment of Staten island, with the accent, the fashions, and even the way she accessorizes.
Powley who is originally from London, England practiced how to get that thick Staten Island accent. She tells Refinery 29, “I’d say there’s one sound that makes everything sound inherently Staten Island,” she said. “People think it’s about the ‘o’ to the ‘aw,’ like coffee becomes cawfee. But if you change every ‘d’ to a ‘dj,’ it sounds really Staten Island. So instead of ‘don’t,’ you say ‘djont.’”
Getting to work with Pete Davidson we must assume is a lot of fun, as he is quite the character. Playing his love interest must be very overwhelming and Powley loved every second of it. Also, her character was a really big part of Scott’s (Pete Davidson) life and helping him become a better person. Powley’s character Kelsey wants to be treated with the respect she deserves and when she notices he doesn’t value her, she speaks up.
Bel Powley’s Relationship With Pete Davidson
Bel Powley also talks about working alongside Pete in such a fun comedy film. “A lot of this movie is an improvised comedy, and obviously that’s something that Pete is amazing at because he’s a comedian. I’m an actor and it was a way of working that I wasn’t used to, and I think if I had been doing it with anyone other than Pete it would have been a strain for me.”
“It’s kind of flipped from an old-school rom-com, where it used to be her wanting to help him get over his shit, waiting for him, and not realizing he was doing anything wrong. Now, from the outset, Kelsey’s like, No you’ve got problems. You don’t treat me right; you need to go deal with your shit and then come back.” She Tells Refinery 29.
Her real-life fiance is also a good friend of Davidson and connected her with him. “My boyfriend is a good friend of Pete’s, and then so am I. So, when I heard Pete was making this movie with Judd, I texted Pete and said, “Hey, can I please be in this movie? I didn’t say that but I told him that I was obsessed with Judd and would love to be involved in the movie. And so I went in for an audition with him and Judd and it went great.” She tells Entertainment Weekly
A Look Into Bel Powley’s Career
Aside from her fun experience working on The King of Staten Island, Powley has great acting experiences. For those of you who have Apple TV+ you know one of Bel Powley’s TV shows. She currently stars in The Morning Show with Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, and Steve Carrell. The show outlines what it’s like working on a morning talk show in the midst of a sexual harassment case.
After the #MeToo movement the show really helps give an insight into what women in these professions experience. Powley’s character, Claire is a PA on the talk show and is having a secret relationship with her older co-worker Yanko. Some other big acting jobs are her roles in Diary of A Teenage Girl, Wildling, Ashes in The Snow, and White Boy Rick.
You can check out The King of Staten Island currently streaming on HBO Max.