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Sarah Snook ATT Succession Entertainment Image Credit: New York magazine
Sarah Snook ATT Succession Entertainment Image Credit: New York magazine

It's Shiv's Turn

Sarah Snook has made Succession’s hard-nosed heiress somehow sympathetic. It must be the side-eye.

Carl Swanson

Shiv Roy would so not put up with this. “Did you know that AT&T doesn’t work in Greenpoint? It’s like you literally cross past McCarren Park and then it cuts out,” says Sarah Snook, who plays the skeptical, implacable, yet oddly sympathetic media heiress Shiv Fucking Roy (as the character puts it on her wedding day, while wearing her wedding dress, to her side piece, Nate, who dared challenge her on one of her schemes) on the HBO series Succession. But I’m meeting Snook far from the show’s usual corporate-power-and-family-money locations. On a day when they aren’t filming, the 31-year-old Australian expat wanted to get lunch near her apartment in tweeist Brooklyn. She’s been living there while filming the show’s second season, with two roommates—a married couple, good friends of hers—her ukulele, and, apparently quite happily, no reliable cell signal. “I’ve really committed to the artisanal lifestyle,” she says.

At the end of the first season, the character, who worked outside the family business as a political consultant, operated as more of an acerbic observer, a onewoman Statler and Waldorf to the farcical family scrum. But when the show returns in August, the narrative spotlight will be more on Shiv. “From the first episode” of season two, “people can see that Shiv is going to be more central,” confirms the show’s creator, Jesse

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