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

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!

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!

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

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

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

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

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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