'The Act' Season 1 preview: After her star turn on 'Escape at Dannemora', Patricia Arquette deserves her own show
'The Act' shows that the talented Patricia who was presumed to be typecast as 'a wife character' in films, can do a lot more.
Patricia Arquette, the actor who has given a number of critically acclaimed performances before 'Escape At Dannemora' has truly grown into her own at the age of 50, finally playing roles that center around her. The first look of her upcoming Hulu show 'The Act', alongside Joey King, has been released and her part is based on real-life character DeeDee Blancharde. DeeDee is a mother who suffers from Munchausen by Proxy disease, which forces them to lie about medical conditions or manipulate the medical condition of people in their care to gain sympathy. The show is based on a Buzzfeed report, by Michelle Dean, who is also working on the show as a writer.
This show, coming right after 'Escape at Dannemora' in which Patricia played the role of Joyce 'Tillie' Mitchell shows that the talented Patricia who was presumed to be typecast as 'a wife character' in the films, can do a lot more. She was not merely Lyle Mitchell's wife, but much more. The one common thing between this show and her upcoming show 'The Act' is the fact that they are based on true events.
It is not that she did not give brilliant performances before, it is the fact that she usually played the role of a wife, in different shades with a lot of nuance for sure, but still the wife. She also played a mother of two kids in 'Boyhood', a film which was mainly about the high and low points of a boy who matures into an adult. Throughout it all, Patricia did great work with the roles that she had got, but rarely was there a film or show, in which she played the protagonist and 'Escape At Dannemora' changed that for the actor. Even as a mere pawn in the scheme of two inmates who plan a prison break, she nails her character and had the audience hate her character as much as they loved her.
It was a welcome change indeed, for Patricia's talent spoke for her. She could play a dutiful wife, who understood her husband who was a transvestite in the film Ed Wood and in the same year, she could play the wife who helps her husband rob a county fair of its daily earnings in the film 'Holy Matrimony'. We saw her in 'Goodbye Lover', 'Beyond Rangoon', and more, where she started off as a wife and built upon the layers of her character. Her career in the '90s and early 2000s could be a study in itself of how one could play the same role - that of a wife - many a time without repeating characteristics or behavior.
While the actor did some outstanding supporting characters in films, when it comes to television soaps, her most interesting work before 'Escape at Dannemora' would be 'Medium', which was about an author who claimed that she had psychic abilities. Otherwise, between 'Boyhood' and 'Escape at Dannemora', Patricia was seen in a couple of films and television shows including one season of 'CSI: Cyber', in which she played the role of one Avery Ryan.
How will Patricia play the role of a mentally ill mother? The trailer of the show was shared by Hulu on Sunday, and while it looks intriguing from the stills and video that have been shared so far, we will have to wait till March 20 to catch her show.