SCANLEN SHARPENS HER EDGES
Two girls are dead, the police have no clue who the murderer is and the rural community is simmering with gossip, secrets and family dysfunction.
Eliza Scanlen is not in Summer Bay anymore. The Australian actor has swapped the Australian beachside sets she started her career on as Tabitha Ford in Home and Away for the fictional town of Wind Gap, Missouri in Sharp Objects.
The dark drama, based on the Gillian Flynn ( Gone Girl) novel of the same name, tells the story of reporter Camille Preaker (Amy Adams), fresh from a stint in a psychiatric hospital, who is sent back to her hometown to cover the murders of two pre-teen girls.
It’s also a story of three complex women – Camille, her mother Adora (Patricia Clarkson) and half-sister Amma (Scanlen) – and their tumultuous relationship.
Scanlen, who has been praised by her co-stars, labelled a “scene stealer” by Entertainment Weekly, and dubbed one of television’s 10 rising stars by The Hollywood Reporter, says it was an honour to work alongside her on-screen family.
“Amy and Patricia in particular were my mentors, they were my rock,” she says.
“They really taught me the basics of the industry and gave me a lot of great advice that I will take on for the rest of my career.”
Sharp Objects airs Mondays at 11am and 8.30pm on Foxtel’s Showcase channel.
Eliza Scanlen in new drama Sharp Objects.