HBO's 'Sharp Objects' star Patricia Clarkson reveals that playing the one-of-a-kind mother Adora was "grueling"
After Amy Adams, Patrica Clarkson reveals that playing the character in the show was indeed an uphill task
HBO's latest crime thriller 'Sharp Objects' isn't for the weak of heart. The tormented characters of the show are complex and cruel in their own way but nothing beats the dark character of the protagonist Camille Preaker's (Amy Adams) mother, Adora Crellin. Portrayed by the fantastic Patricia Clarkson, to say she has done justice to the role would be an understatement. In a recent conversation with Page Six, the 58-year-old revealed that the character was indeed a challenge. "We filmed long 14-hour days in LA. I’ve done dark characters before, but my character, Adora, the mother of all mothers, is powerful dramatic stuff. Growing up wholesome, I never knew her type. She’s one of a kind, and some of it was grueling because of the nature of the material."
She added, "Adora had so many issues. We’re talking damaged woman. Fragility. Look, memorizing I’m not as fast as before, but getting older we should work even more because we become better taking on dangerous characters. We’re freer in using imagination." Controlling, cold, calculated yet terrified of life, Adora goes around town making everyone's business her own. Clarkson's bang on performance makes her even more maddening.
"It’s a fabulous complicated role. That’s why I took it," said Clarkson before adding, "Amy, fun, loving, someone you enjoy talking to, and whom I know, wanted me. So did the producer." Clarkson added that she had a glass of wine closeby when she was prepping her lines. "Lots of lines. Well in advance I’d work on them. Up 5 a.m., breakfast — with a full kitchen I’d do oatmeal, yogurt, coffee — shoot all day then home, a glass of wine, memorize. Weekends I’d study, prep, run the many monologues with my assistant, which saved me, as did a driver who took me to the set." Her hard work has definitely paid off.
Speaking recently at TCA HBO president of programming Casey Bloys had said that the content of the show is too dark for another season. He had said, "Sharp Objects, it’s a very dark character, very dark material. Amy doesn’t want to live in this character again and I can’t blame her, it’s a lot to take on for an actress. So no plans for a second season. We are very happy with this living as a limited series." Clarkson also confirmed the news. "We’ve finished all our segments back to back. It’s a one-shot deal. Just eight episodes and won’t be extended. I’m on a 6 a.m. flight back to New York," she said.
The show deals with social demons as well as mental illness and addiction. Commenting on it, she said, "This industry can tear you. You must have life outside of performing. A great parent, child, sister or real core friend. A solid base. Someone who loves you. Takes care of you. On whom you can rely. You can be caught in a riptide. Addiction can catch anyone.”
'Sharp Objects' airs every Sunday on HBO at 9 p.m.