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Elizabeth Perkins steps out for HBO’s Emmy 2018 After Party!

Tuesday, Sep 18, 2018

Elizabeth Perkins strikes a pose while hitting the carpet at HBO’s Post 2018 Emmy Awards Reception held at the Plaza at the Pacific Design Center on Monday September 17th in Los Angeles, California. Photos from the after party have been added to the photo gallery.

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Elizabeth Perkins On The Deleted “Sharp Objects” Scene That Explains Adora’s Fate!

Tuesday, Aug 28, 2018

In “Sharp Objects,” our final glimpse of Jackie O’Neill, the ever-drunken busybody played by Elizabeth Perkins, finds her sauntering up to prison for a visit. She’s there to see the incarcerated Adora (Patricia Clarkson), who’s been accused of murdering the two Missouri teen girls at the center of the case Camille (Amy Adams) spent eight episodes investigating.

In typical Jackie fashion, she appears not to have a care in the world ― part of the well-worn armor that masks her dark, vulnerable solitude. Strip the edge away, and Jackie is nothing if not fun, especially in the hands of Perkins, a chronically underrated actress who has barely gotten her due after more than three decades of feisty supporting parts. A few days before the finale brought this incredible show to a close ― or did it? ― Perkins called me to chat about all things “Sharp Objects,” including a nixed scene that would have revealed more of Adora’s fate.

Maybe we’ll see it in a second season that has yet to be confirmed, Perkins revealed. Along the way, we also talked about “The Flintstones,” “Big,” why she hasn’t made a movie since 2005, her unwavering paranormal beliefs and Amy Adams’ excellence.

When’s the last time you were part of something that got this much attention?

Oh, “Weeds.” It also hit the zeitgeist at the time and was one of Showtime’s first series. I was just blessed with that incredible role of Celia, who was more fun to play than anything I’ve ever done.

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Vulture Interview: Elizabeth Perkins on Sharp Objects Adora’s Shocking Secret!

Monday, Aug 20, 2018

In Sunday’s episode of Sharp Objects, Jackie O’Neill, played to wry, boozy perfection by Elizabeth Perkins, finally tells Camille Preaker (Amy Adams) that she knows the truth about Adora Crellin (Patricia Clarkson) and what happened to Camille’s late sister, Marian (Lulu Wilson). It’s a confrontation scene that the show has been building toward all along, but, in true Sharp Objects fashion, it still keeps certain details shrouded in mystery.

Perkins took some time to talk to Vulture about shooting that scene with Adams, why she thinks Jackie kept Adora’s secret for so long, and what it was like to work with director Jean-Marc Vallée, who’s known for his unique creative approach. “there is no blocking, there is no rehearsals, there are no lights,” she explained. “There’s no beginning, middle, end to a scene.” 

Had you read the book before you did the show?
No, I had not. I had read Gone Girl even before the movie of Gone Girl came out, so I was a big Gillian Flynn fan and, of course, loved what they did with the adaptation of Gone Girl. It was an amazing movie. But no, as soon as I got the role, I went right out and read Sharp Objects, and I thought, “Oh, my God, how are they going to expand this into eight episodes?” I’m pretty impressed with what Jean-Marc did, to be honest, because the role of Jackie in the book is described so differently. When they meet Jackie in the book, she’s just had a facelift, and she still has bandages on and she’s described as, like, her bandages were oozing. I thought, “Wow! That is so fantastic.” But I don’t think they wanted to do that with her. We just had to give the impression that she was one of those people, you know.

How much did the book stick with you as you tried to bring this character to life? 
Well, you have to put everything out of your head when you work with Jean-Marc Vallée, because nothing he ever does is literal.

I read the book, but the minute we started shooting, Jean-Marc was like, “This is going to be almost a dream state that we’re in all the time.” So I know who did it, and I know how the story ends, but that’s not the way we’re really telling the story. It’s not like point A, point B, point C. It’s sort of like start at A, go to F, go to E, go to C. Continue reading Vulture Interview: Elizabeth Perkins on Sharp Objects Adora’s Shocking Secret!

Sharp Objects Star Elizabeth Perkins says her character knows all the secrets!

Tuesday, Jul 31, 2018

As HBO’s Sharp Objects continues to expose the many secrets of Wind Gap, Missouri, one thing has become perfectly clear. The majority of the residents conform to Adora Crellin’s (Patricia Clarkson) way of doing things and those few who don’t are often either shunned or eliminated altogether. This week Adora fired one man—Taylor John Smith’s John Keene—and threatened another—Matt Craven’s Chief Vickery—effortlessly flexing her control over the town. On this week’s episode of Vanity Fair’s companion podcast, Still Watching, everyone’s favorite Wind Gap rebel, Elizabeth Perkins a.k.a. Jackie O’Neele, explains how her loud, brash, boozy character may be the key to unlocking the show’s many mysteries.

Towards the end of “Ripe,” Chief Vickery visited Jackie’s house to get some background information on Camille (Amy Adams). While the old family friend may have stayed quiet in the moment, audiences can bet there is a lot going unsaid. “Jackie knows everything that’s gone on in the [Crellin] house, what’s going on in the house,” Perkins tells Still Watching co-host Richard Lawson. “She absolutely knows everything.” Continue reading Sharp Objects Star Elizabeth Perkins says her character knows all the secrets!

Elizabeth Perkins on big hair, big wigs and why pounds of makeup can’t compensate for a life lived hard!

Monday, Jul 30, 2018

Even if you’re only somewhat up-do-date with the stockpile that is TV’s most binge-worthy shows, you’ve probably noticed that Elizabeth Perkins keeps popping up. She plays funny in Curb Your Enthusiasm as Marty Funkhouser’s new girlfriend; serious and stoic on This is Us as Mandy Moore’s mother; and “over-the-top” in Netflix’s Glow. Now, the new HBO mini-series Sharp Objects with Amy Adams also gets to count Perkins as a costar. Always the chameleon, the 57-year-old recently sat down with us to dish on behind-the-scenes beauty and style secrets from her most noteworthy roles.

Big
It’s hard to believe it’s been 30 years since Big debuted and, according to Perkins, the single-word title is also synonymous with her hair in the film. “‘Big’ was all about “big” hair. I have very curly hair naturally, but this was back in the day when Julia Roberts was queen and we all wanted the full-haired, scrunched look that she made so popular,” she says. “So, not only did we scrunch it with firm-holding gel, with my head upside down with a hair dryer, but I was also given a ‘root perm’ prior to shooting to get it as large as possible. The higher the hair, the closer to God.”

The Flinstones
Perkins says since she was playing an animated character in the cartoon-come-to-life, all of the hair had to follow suit. “It was all about the wigs and getting them as high as possible to match the cartoon Wilma. They were heavy and fell over several times! We weren’t allowed to wear shoes though—even though we had cars, satellite TVs and shopping malls, shoes somehow hadn’t been invented yet.”

Weeds
“I loved playing the evil Celia Hodes. Amoral, ruthless and conniving, her hair and makeup always stated exactly where she was emotionally. Long blond hair when she was successful, a harsh wig following her chemo therapy, and dirty, matted hair when she was in her downfall. Each morning in the makeup trailer we would assess where Celia was psychologically and style accordingly.”

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Elizabeth Perkins would have played the gardener to be on Sharp Objects!

Monday, Jul 30, 2018

Sharp Objects | Sunday, 9 p.m., HBO
When newspaper reporter Camille Preaker (Amy Adams) returns home to report on a double murder in Wind Gap, Mo., in the HBO limited series “Sharp Objects,” she meets a lot of people who have known her since she was a child. One old friend, Jackie (Elizabeth Perkins), becomes her confidante. She weaves in and out of the story, intimating that she knows everything about how Camille’s sister Marian (Lulu Wilson) died so young. Seeing how she is also the town drunk, Jackie doesn’t present the most respectable image. As we get closer to realizing that Camille’s mother, the high-fashion monster Adora (Patricia Clarkson), has been plagued by an illness that fatally affected her judgment, all of Jackie’s secrets spill out.

Elizabeth Perkins, 57, who memorably played Mary-Louise Parker’s neighbor on “Weeds” for many seasons, spoke to The Post from LA, where she is filming her new Apple TV series, “Are You Sleeping.”

This is a pivotal role in a very disturbing story. Why did you want to play Jackie?Because it was Patricia Clarkson and Amy Adams. I would have played the gardener to share the screen with them. And the whole project was female-centric. [Author] Gillian Flynn. [Screenwriter] Marti Noxon. We’re showing a lead character who’s deeply flawed. The [movie] studios will only make films where the female is heroic or totally positive. The good side of the female psyche. It’s rare to be involved in something that goes into the underbelly.

What time of the day does Jackie start drinking? Is she soused all day?
Mornings. She’s an alcoholic and a pill popper. I don’t think she walks very much. She squashing a lot of pain and knowledge. And a lot of secrets. Which may or may not be answered in Episode 8.

What is Jackie’s exact relationship to Adora? Are they friends?
They are frenemies. They grew up together. Adora has a lot of money. Adora has children. Jackie has been in Camille’s life since the day she was born. She was at Marian’s funeral. She’s been on the scene for a very long time. She was probably closer with Adora in the past until a lot of stuff went down. If Jackie could, she would expose everything.

Why did Jackie stay in Wind Gap, Mo.?
Jackie lives alone. Jackie has no husband. No children. She’s sort of alone in her pain. Adora has such a hold over her. She’s kind of trapped there. Jackie played a part in Marian’s demise or merely covered it up. She knows everything. What would propel somebody not to reveal it? Psychological blackmail.