Camille crosses a line in her investigation of the prime suspect; Richard coaxes Jackie to offer up info about Marian Crellin’s death; Adora takes pains to keep an ailing Amma under her roof and in her care.
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
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 Street, The 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
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Golden Globe and Emmy nominated actress Elizabeth Perkins has distinguished herself with an eclectic mix of roles over the span of her career. Her critically acclaimed performance in Weeds as Celia Hodes earned her Golden Globe and Emmy nominations in 2006 and 2007 for Best Supporting Actress.
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