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

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.

Sharp Objects: 1×02 -“Dirt” Screencaptures

Second episode of Sharp Objects called “Dirt” aired last night on HBO, so new production stills and high quality screencaptures from the episode have been added to the photo gallery.

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Camille (Amy Adams) searches for clues at the funeral and wake for Wind Gap’s latest victim, and clashes with her mother (Patricia Clarkson) over Camille’s presence in the town. Richard (Chris Messina) finds a surprising way to arrive at a conclusion about the murderer’s profile. Camille pays a visit to the working-class home of a young boy (Matty Evers) who says he witnessed the abduction, and confronts Chief Vickery (Matt Craven) about why he ignored the boy’s claim.

You can now get a sneak peek at next week’s episode “Fix”. Watch “Sharp Objects” Sundays at 9PM on HBO.

Sharp Objects: 1×01 -“Vanish” Screencaptures

The first episode of “Sharp Objects” aired on Sunday July 8th and HQ screen captures of the episode Vanish have been added to the photo gallery. Watch “Sharp Objects” Sundays at 9PM on HBO.

Camille Preaker (Amy Adams), a reporter for the St. Louis Chronicle, is sent to her rural hometown of Wind Gap by her editor, Curry (Miguel Sandoval), to file a story about two missing girls, one of whom was found dead and presumed murdered. The assignment, which reunites Camille with her overbearing mother, Adora (Patricia Clarkson), stepfather, Alan Crellin (Henry Czerny), and half-sister, Amma (Eliza Scanlen), brings back traumatic childhood memories, including the death of Camille’s younger sister, Marian (Lulu Wilson), when both were schoolgirls. Tormented by her past and seeking refuge through alcohol, Camille joins Detective Richard Willis (Chris Messina) and Chief of Police Vickery (Matt Craven) in following leads around town that might shed light on the fate of the most recent missing girl.

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You can now get a sneak peek at next week’s episode “Dirt”. Watch “Sharp Objects” Sundays at 9PM on HBO.

Interview: Elizabeth Perkins and Patricia Clarkson on Watch Watch What Happens Live!

Watch the interview and photos of Elizabeth Perkins and her Sharp Objects co-star Patricia Clarkson in the Bravo Clubhouse with Andy Cohen! During the Show, actress Elizabeth Perkins talks about working with Elizabeth Taylor on “The Flintstones” movie and says she once brought Michael Jackson to the set. She also said she is a #RHONY fan, she made a great performance alongside a hologram Dorinda Medley for a #RHONY scene from the infamous Berkshires fight and talked about meeting Tiffany Haddish while with Brad Pitt at Chateau Marmont.

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