Linda Cardellini, who plays Judy in Netflix's new dark comedy series 'Dead to Me,' feels that her character is a "walking contradiction" at all times on the show.
In an exclusive interview with MEA WorldWide (MEAWW), Cardellini said that it was fantastic coming back to a comedy role with 'Dead to Me'. The show follows the friendship between Jen (Christina Applegate) and Judy and explores the emotion of grief, seamlessly interwoven with humor, mystery, and drama.
Cardellini said she has never played a character like Judy, who had so much going on at the same time and loved how layered and deep the character was.
Judy brings in most of the drama in the series -- with her quirks, spirituality and mysterious past, and like her ex-fiance Steve says, "chaos follows Judy wherever she goes."
Applegate and Cardellini beautifully portray the powerful bond of female friendship that they share on the show, which starts off with Jen and Judy's sharing grief and an affinity for 'The Facts of Life'.
Cardellini said that she and Applegate became great friends almost immediately on the show. "We have spent decades in the business and never met, so it was wonderful," she added.
Cardellini balances the ambivalent humor and mystery on the show that is also a major part of Judy's character and makes it look effortless.
Cardellini is known for her roles in the hit show 'Freaks and Geeks' (2000) and received an Emmy nomination for her role as Meg Rayburn in 2017 series 'Bloodline'. She also found recent big-screen success with roles in Oscar-winning 'Green Book' and 'A Simple Favor'.
'Dead to Me' is created by the writer of 'Two Broke Girls' Liz Feldman and also stars James Marsden, Edward Asner, Sam McCarthy, Diana Maria Riva, and Max Jenkins.
It premiered on May 3 on Netflix. Season one of the show ends on a cliffhanger, so it looks like we can definitely expect a season two.