The first season of The Act was recently released on Hulu and it is a true crime TV series whose cast includes Patricia Arquette, Calum Worthy, AnnaSophia Robb, Joey King and Chloe Sevigny. Chloe Sevigny, who plays Mel in The Act, gave an interview to Collider and The Act was a big topic of conversation.
Here is what Chloe Sevigny had to say on whether she knew what The Act was based on:
“When this came my way, yes, I knew what it was. And when I heard that Michelle [Dean] was one of the main writers and producers, I became even more intrigued because while watching Mommy Dead and Dearest, I was fascinated with her, as a journalist. I find that kind of journalism, where you’re going somewhere and spending time there, so interesting.”
“Not that I’m dismissive of other kinds, but I spend so much time listening to different podcasts, like In the Dark and Serial, and that kind of immersive journalism, where you’re putting your life on hold to delve into the story to bring it to the public.”
“In the documentary, you could see her enthusiasm, but also how she seemed titillated by it while also being very respectful and empathetic, and the dichotomy of the story, where you love and hate both of them.”
“There was her passion for the story, and her complete immersion and how comprehensive it was, because of the work that she had done, and I was like, ‘If she is gonna be a part of telling this story, then I’m in.’ And then, there was Patricia [Arquette], and the other talent they had.”
“There were also three female directors attached. Just knowing that a big concern for Nick, as a showrunner and producer, is having a lot of female directors and giving lots of opportunity to young filmmakers, it was the complete package.”
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