I feel complete trust and confidence in their vision, and want to participate fully in that experience.”
That director is Esmail, the creator of the conspiracy TV drama Mr. Robot, which concludes with its fourth season next year.
Roberts’s agent sent her a link to the Homecoming podcast before it was released. She was delighted by its feeling of an “oldfashioned radio play”. Then Esmail called the 51-year-old Oscar winner. “The story was so great and meeting Sam, he felt the same way I did about the piece,” she says.
Esmail directed all 10 episodes of the first series, a rare thing in television. That was Roberts’s “big ask”, to ensure consistency and familiarity. “Because that’s what I know, that’s what I’ve based a 30-year career on and it was really important to me,” she says. Consequently, the series became a TV production made like a film, as Esmail prefers too. “To me, it felt like a feature film production and that’s how my brain works,” he says.
And TV might become more familiar if audiences embrace the small-screen version of Roberts. Certainly, she feels she’s grown out of romantic comedies, despite her love of the genre. “Sometimes they don’t work for you at a certain point of life experience,” says the mother of three, who has been married to husband Daniel Moder for 16 years.
Right now, life is bigger than a Hollywood backlot – and even Australia could be getting a look in. “My youngest son’s best pal has moved to Australia, so I think there’s a trip in the making,” she says. “I’ll keep you posted.”