How these creepy infants impact HBO horror-comedy series ‘The Baby’

The new HBO horror-comedy “The Baby” takes an idea like “Rosemary’s Baby,” into the fashionable world. 

Premiering Sunday, April 24 (10:30 p.m.), “The Baby” is ready in Britain and follows Natasha (Michelle de Swarte, “The Duchess”) a snarky 38-year-old who doesn’t need youngsters. To her dismay, her shut mates are all having infants, and that’s taking on all of their conversations and interactions — and in her view, ruining poker evening.

When she goes to a distant spooky cabin to unwind after an argument with a good friend, a child actually falls out of the sky and into her arms. 

“I don’t have children and I’m also around Natasha’s age, so it was quite easy to tap into what Natasha was feeling,” de Swarte, 41, advised The Post. 

Michelle de Swarte stands in a field on a cell phone holding a baby.
Natasha (Michelle de Swarte) tries to determine what to do with a sudden child.
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“I think everyone has that moment with your friend group where they move on, or they do something different to what you’re doing, whether you have a child or not. Whatever side of the spectrum you’re on, there’s something relatable about the feelings of everyone in the room, especially that poker scene. There’s things I can relate to with Natasha. Although, I’d like to think I’m a bit more accommodating of my friends who have kids, because you need to be if you want to continue the relationship.”

Soon, it turns into clear that sinister occasions encompass this child. When Natasha tries to ditch the tot, he retains turning up, and individuals who come into shut contact with him typically meet grisly ends. When she goes to the police, they’re baffled as properly. 

Michelle de Swarte cradles a baby.
Natasha (Michelle de Swarte) and “The Baby’s” namesake toddler.
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De Swarte mentioned that she didn’t have just one toddler co-star, though there’s one child onscreen.

“We had twins, and then we had a few more. So on any given day, there was probably around four to five babies on standby,” she mentioned.

“Weirdly, babies have zero respect for being on set. So, there were a lot of tears because they’re babies and there’s a lot of stimulation and lights and sounds. Generally, what I started to learn is that you have about three takes. I just got used to the rhythm of the baby. You’ve kind of got to work around them. If the baby was being good and chill, I was like, ‘Make sure not to get your lines wrong, because this is your moment.’” 

Michelle de Swarte and an infant.
Michelle de Swarte as Natasha and a maybe-evil toddler in “The Baby.”
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This is barely de Swarte’s second performing gig – earlier than this, she was largely a mannequin (for manufacturers resembling Burberry and Tommy Hilfiger), humorist, and TV host of series resembling “Woman with Gloria Steinem.”

“I’m really lucky that the first show I did was ‘The Duchess’ with Netflix, I got that off the back of doing stand-up comedy, and I had been writing and making shorts leading up to that. I didn’t think I was going to end up acting,” she mentioned. “I didn’t think it was a feasible thing to hedge your bets on. I thought, ‘Wow, that seems like it would be a real long shot.’ So, it’s quite recent, in the last three years. And so far, it’s been extremely fortuitous.”

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