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After debuting to critical acclaim in 2019, Dickinson is going out on a high note. The coming-of-age series starring Hailee Steinfeld as American poet Emily Dickinson kicks off its superb third and final season with three episodes on Friday, Nov. 5. And as the star prepares to say goodbye (and hello to playing Kate Bishop on the Disney+ series Hawkeye), Steinfeld tells ET’s Denny Directo it’s been “a great honor to play this literary icon and introduce, or maybe reintroduce, her unbelievable work to the world through the show.”

While there have been several iterations of Dickinson’s life told onscreen, including in A Quiet Passion and Wild Nights With Emily, none have told her story in such a unique or profound way. Especially thanks to the modern sensibility and tone creator Alena Smith brought to the Peabody Award-winning dramedy paired with Steinfeld’s Clueless-like comedic timing. 

Over the course of the first two seasons, the series dealt with the young poet finding her voice in a less-than-modern society and dealing with the ideas of fame as the third season explores her creative period amid a growing divide sparked by the Civil War. 

“The time of the Civil War was known to be her most productive time as a writer. And to think about the fact that she was so wildly and deeply affected by what was going on in the wider world from this confined space is incredible and just says so much about who she is,” Steinfeld says of the reclusive poet, while drawing parallels to her own experiences of being in isolation during the coronavirus lockdown.  

“I was playing a character who was really good at being in her room and doing her thing, being by herself,” she continues. But I will say... This show has these uncanny parallels, which have never really been a coincidence, but have always come as a shock to me for some reason. It’s wild to think that the fact that this show takes place in the 1860s and it feels so real and so relevant still is wild. But I am so fascinated by how Emily was able to continue to write.” 

Meanwhile, the 24-year-old actress says she “went through waves and feeling inspired and confused and very frustrated by not being able to do things as we normally do. Although, I feel like playing this character through seasons 1 and 2 sort of prepared me for lockdown.” 

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While Steinfeld is proud of bringing so many aspects of Dickinson’s story to life, including the poet’s relationship with best friend Sue Gilbert (Ella Hunt), she says one of the things she’s enjoyed the most is her time spent with Jane Krakowski, who portrays her mother, Emily Norcross, as the two played “this really complicated mother-daughter relationship.” 

When it comes to season 3, “it’s come to a very beautiful place,” the actress says. “This has always been a coming-of-age story for Emily, but in a way, it is for everyone else in a sense. And Mrs. Dickinson as well.” 

Steinfeld adds that Krakowski has also become someone she’ll turn to for guidance. “She gives some great relationship advice, let me tell you,” she says. “I will say she is just so wonderfully supportive. And I’ve loved being able to spend time with her in between takes and be able to have real conversations… I feel so lucky to be walking away from this experience with real friendships. And that’s not every time that you get to feel that way.”

In a separate interview with ET, Krakowski joked that, despite their undeniable friendship, Steinfeld doesn’t forget about her now that she’s moving on to Hawkeye. “First of all, I don’t think the show could’ve found a better person to be our Emily Dickinson,” she said. “I will miss her terribly. My favorite scenes were always the ones I got to film with her, and I hope she remembers me when she becomes a big Marvel star.”

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“I will never forget Jane,” Steinfeld says before opening up about joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Kate Bishop opposite Jeremy Renner on the Disney+ spinoff series. “She’s such an interesting and fun character. And it’s been really so exciting bringing her to life. She is a New York City girl who has looked at Hawkeye and idolized this person her whole life. And she finds herself in a very fun, crazy, possibly life-threatening situation, where she is face-to-face with her hero. And they embark on what ends up being a very wild journey right around Christmas time.”

“It’s very fun, and I’m very excited for it to come out,” she continues, adding, “I still can’t find the words to describe just how incredible it feels.”  


New episodes Dickinson premiere every Friday. Want to watch more? Seasons 1 and 2 are now streaming on Apple TV+. (We may receive an affiliate commission if you subscribe to a service through our links.)

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If there's one thing Tracee Ellis Ross is, it's comfortable in her own skin. The 48-year-old actress looks stunning on the cover of Harper's Bazaar's November issue where she opens up about loving herself and living life on her own terms. 

The Black-ish star, who has never had a high-profile romance nor been married, talks about living for herself. 

“I didn’t see enough examples of different versions of how a woman can find happiness and joy and power and sensuality, sexuality, all of that, without it being through the lens of how I’m seen by a man," she explains. "People are like, ‘You’re the poster child for being single.’ And I was like, ‘Great.’ But what I would prefer is that I’m the poster child for living my life on my terms. And that there’s a version of that for everyone." 

Ross adds, "I don’t live my life for other people. I just totally live it for me. This is something that has really solidified itself into an unbreakable, unshakable foundation in the last four or five years.”

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Finding out who she is has been a "really long journey" for the sitcom star. 

"I tried being small and feeling things in little ways. It took me a long time to get to know myself, to accept myself, and even on some days to really like and love myself," she says. "And then it took me a whole other load of years to have the courage to actually live in the world as that person. And it’s been trial and error, chewing on ground glass. It’s been a hard-earned journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance."

As she ages, Ross is finding more and more beauty in herself.  

“I’m the sexiest I’ve ever been. And when I say that, I mean I feel the most myself," she says. 

Ross recently opened up to ET's Kevin Frazier about her struggles saying goodbye to Black-ish after eight seasons. 

"I don't know [how we'll make it through]," she said while at the 2021 Emmy Awards. "I can tell you I drove off the lot the other day crying. ...We're a family. We've been working with this incredible group of people for eight years now." 

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Cecily Strong's future at Saturday Night Liveis still unclear, but it may be rosier than before. As the Oct. 2 premiere of season 46 fast approaches, Strong -- who has been on NBC's late-night sketch series for nearly a decade -- still doesn't know if she'll be asked back for the new season.

"It's still... we're still figuring it out," Strong, rocking a black long-sleeved V-neck gown with a plunging neckline and high slit, admitted to ET's Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner on the Emmys red carpet Sunday. "What does that mean? I know. Well, it means I'm thinking it will probably happen." But she did caution that "nothing's for sure" until she signs on the dotted line.

That's relatively positive news, considering many viewers believed her sketch as drunk Jeanine Pirro on the May 23 finale may have marked her "goodbye performance." Strong reflected on the "magical" experience, confessing that she didn't mean it to be perceived as a potential farewell. "It was a goodbye to the year is what it was," she assured.

Strong is just one of many SNL cast members nominated for Emmys this year, along with Kate McKinnon, Kenan Thompson, Aidy Bryant and first-time nominee Bowen Yang.

"It was a tough year and I'm really proud of everyone. I'm really proud to be here with them," she said of her fellow co-star nominees.

Strong previously stated to ET while promoting her Apple TV+ musical comedy, Schmigadoon!, that her return to SNL was still unclear. 

“I’ll be thrilled if I go back, I’ll be thrilled if that was my last show,” she said back in June. “I feel good either way.” 

While Strong said that “things are a bit more up in the air and I’m OK with that,” she noted that she was content with whichever direction the decision falls. “My lesson from last year is sort of see what happens.”

The 2021 Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, aired live Sunday, Sept. 19 on CBS and Paramount+. For complete Emmys coverage, stay tuned to ETonline.com.

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