'Sharp Objects': Eliza Scanlen says she is just as 'confused and baffled' by Amma as we are
Scanlen plays the role of Amma, a conflicted and confused teen who is as manipulative as she is naive
If you've been following HBO's 'Sharp Objects', one thing must be clear to you by now — while Amy Adams is the protagonist of the show, Eliza Scanlen, who plays her sister Amma, shines slightly brighter.
Amma's character is conflicted and confusing and there have been times in the show that you've thought as a viewer that she is capable of murder. Scanlen, in a recent interview, revealed that playing the character was confusing to her as well.
"The duality of her character is reflective of how she’s trying to explore different sides to herself and just how lost she is. She needs someone to rely on, and I think Camille was that saving grace for her," she said.
Recalling her own self at a younger age, she said, "I remember being a kid and wanting to be so many different things. There was even one point that I wanted to be a clarinet player, and I had never even touched a clarinet in my life. And then I wanted to be a chef. And then I wanted to be a vet. It’s hard to decide who you’re gonna be, as weird as that sounds, because we all do it.
"In a way, by deciding so young, you’re pigeonholing yourself into a certain career or a certain type of personality that makes life easier because you can follow this regimen of what people do. I think she’s just trying to explore all of those things, and she just feels really lost and confused about who she is."
While the rest of us wish we were the first to know about the way the show ends, she was actually pretty relieved when they wrapped up the shoot, she said. She also added that it was tough to decide what shade of Amma she was going to portray each day.
"When it finished, I was so relieved. One of the biggest challenges about Amma was deciding what side of her character that she was going to play. Exploring her, as a character, was interesting as an actor but at the same time it confused me. Amma confuses me, so trying to decide how I was going to go about the scene was difficult sometimes because there are just so many different versions of the truth with Amma. None of them are necessarily untrue, and she reveals different parts of her identity depending on the person, so the part was difficult to decide on. She still baffles me. I don’t know how I got through it. I was just a crazy lady shooting it."
Based on a novel of the same name by Gillian Flynn, the miniseries is directed by Jean-Marc Vallée. Amy Adams plays the role of a crime reporter Camille Preaker who goes back home to Wind Gap to write about the twisted murders of two young girls. Scanlen will also be starring in Greta Gerwig's upcoming remake of the iconic classic 'Little Women' by Louisa May Alcott.