Riley Keough, the eldest child of the late Lisa Marie Presley, is currently starring in the Amazon limited series, “Daisy Jones and the Six”, which sees her character as the leader of an imaginary band, based off of Fleetwood Mac.
The topics explored in the series are ones that Keough, in her real life, is intimately familiar. As Daisy negotiates the heights and pitfalls of worldwide fame and the consequences that follow, she begins using drugs and alcohol heavily. Keough’s mother, Presley, had the same struggle.
“Because this is something I’ve experienced in my family,” she told Porter. “I wanted the moments in which you see Daisy’s addiction to not feel glamorous; to make sure that those moments had weight to them; that we’re seeing the humanity behind the closed doors of what people are perceiving to be glamour.”
Rallying against the “tortured artist” trope, Keough hopes to depict a fuller and more realistic portrayal of people struggling with chemical dependency. When a reporter from Vanity Fair asked her directly if art takes more benefit from turmoil or tranquility, her response was measured:
“You can make art when you’re tormented, and you can make art when you’re peaceful. Art is coming from a place that’s very spiritual, and I don’t think that there’s one way to get there. I’ve made art when I’m upset, and I’ve made art when I’m really happy. And I don’t personally see the difference in quality. There’s definitely a long period of time where poets and songwriters were just heartbroken. There’s no one truth in anything in life, and particularly not in art.”