Kaya Rose Scodelario (born Kaya Rose Humphrey; March 13, 1992) is an English actress. She is known for her breakthrough performance as Effy Stonem in the E4 teen drama Skins and as Teresa Agnes in The Maze Runner film series. She played Carina Smyth, the female lead in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
Pirates of the Caribbean
Dead Men Tell No Tales
In January 2015, Kaya Scodelario was reported to star in the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film, and was confirmed on February 17, when production began. After filming concluded on July 2015, Kaya Scodelario's character was confirmed as Carina Smyth during the D23 Expo presentation for the film.
Scodelario explained the character's motivation and role saying, "[Carina] is an astronomer, and she is an academic, she's fighting for the right to study at university, because women couldn't at that time. So she's on her own journey - looking for the trident of Poseidon - and she has a diary with clues." She was keen to express the difference between Carina and Elizabeth Swann (portrayed by Keira Knightley), believing that she was not just a carbon copy of that character, saying "I respect Keira’s career greatly, but we’re playing two very different characters and I come from a very different world, I really love her career and think she’s done great things but kind of want to put my own spin on it." Kaya herself grew up watching the franchise, which made it "surreal" to become part of it, she said. "You step on a set that you recognise from being 10 years old and there’s something really magical about that. It takes you back to the basics of film and entertainment and losing yourself for a few hours, and it really felt like we were doing that."
Notes and references
- Skins star Kaya Scodelario joins the Pirates of the Caribbean crew - BBC Newsbeat
- Breaking – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is Now Filming | Disney Insider | Articles
- Kaya Scodelario: 'It'll be much more like the first film' - Digital Spy
- Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Who is Kaya Scodelario playing?
- Kaya Scodalario: I want to 'put my own spin' on Pirates Of The Caribbean 5 Role - BT