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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” Interview: Elizabeth Perkins is a good drunk!

Friday, Aug 17, 2018

A not-so-young-adult moving from the city to suburbia in 2018 might not face Betty Draper levels of drudgery and repression, but according to HBO, Showtime, Netflix, Hulu and FX, she’ll face a bunch of other modern indignities. Despotic wellness, interminable kid-shuttling, open relationships that are more work than fun. One small consolation is that she might live next to an Elizabeth Perkins character.

Perkins, 57, has perfected the art of upper-middle-class, dark-comedic relief. Audiences might remember her as the mom/friend from ‘90s movies like Miracle on 34th StreetThe Flintstones, and Must Love Dogs. Her long-running performance as Celia Hodes, Nancy Botwin’s drunk, sick and unfiltered BFF, earned her multiple Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. On Sharp Objects as Jackie O’Neill, Camille Preaker’s (Amy Adams) godmother-figure, Perkins leverages her hard-earned lightness to draw audiences into the dark psychology of small-town BFF-dom.

“I always thought of Jackie as a ghost on Scooby Doo,” Perkins told ELLE.com. “She just weaves in and out in giant muumuus going, ‘Woooooo.’”

The ghosts on Scooby Doo are always fakes—janitors in sheets who spare the gang from the true horror of the paranormal. Jackie serves a similar role on Sharp Objects. Just as Wind Gap becomes too dark to handle, Jackie swoops in offering gossip and spiked sweet tea. If Perkins were your neighbor in this hellscape, you think, you might actually be able to cope.

ELLE.com talked to Perkins about the freedom of playing drunk and Jackie’s hidden pain.

Jackie begins Sharp Objects as the lovable town lush, but this week we get to see her dark side.

You come to realize that she’s hiding a lot. I think she’s always medicating some really deep pain. She’s in so much pain because of what she knows. With Camille back in town, she’s not able to hold it in because she loves Camille. She’s probably the only person in town who really loves Camille.

I made the decision that Jackie’s always medicated, always on an opiate or a benzo or a mixture. Alcohol and benzo is probably her game. And I love playing drunk and inebriated. Continue reading “Sharp Objects” Interview: Elizabeth Perkins is a good drunk!

Sharp Objects: 1×06 -“Cherry” Screencaptures

Monday, Aug 13, 2018

Sixth episode of Sharp Objects called “Cherry” aired last night on HBO, so new  high quality screencaptures from the episode have been added to the photo gallery, enjoy!!

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Adora provides Chief Vickery with a key piece of evidence in the Ann Nash murder case; Richard probes for details about Camille’s dark past; John’s girlfriend, Ashley, looks to make news for herself; Amma bonds with Camille during and after a wild party.

Sharp Objects: 1×05 -“Closer” Screencaptures

Monday, Aug 6, 2018

Fifth episode of Sharp Objects called “Closer” aired last night on HBO, so new  high quality screencaptures from the episode have been added to the photo gallery, enjoy!!

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Despite a potential serial killer on the loose in the community, Wind Gap residents gather for Calhoun Day, an annual southern-pride festival hosted by Adora on the grounds of her house. As Amma and her friends act out a traditional play depicting the sacrifices made by the wife of a Confederate soldier, Adora shares some confidences with Richard that may impact his relationship with Camille.

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!

Sharp Objects: 1×04 -“Ripe” Screencaptures

Monday, Jul 30, 2018

Fourth episode of Sharp Objects called “Ripe” aired last night on HBO, so new  high quality screencaptures from the episode have been added to the photo gallery, enjoy!!

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Camille (Amy Adams) agrees to show Richard (Chris Messina) some of Wind Gap’s crime scenes, though the tour opens up old wounds. Alan (Henry Czerny) confronts Adora (Patricia Clarkson) about her sharing confidences with Chief Vickery (Matt Craven), who is concerned about the Crellins hosting the annual “Calhoun Day” attended by Wind Gap’s youth. Fired from his job at Preaker Farms, John (Taylor John Smith) shares off-the-record revelations with Camille that raise fresh concerns for her.

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.”

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