Jenna Cole­man

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What was the most chal­leng­ing as­pect of play­ing sus­pected child mur­der­ess Joanna on Sun­dance Now’s “The Cry”?

I think the psy­cho­log­i­cal thriller as­pect of telling the truth of the story in a way that could be per­ceived as – the viewer watch­ing it, you need to know this is some­one who is go­ing through the cir­cum­stances of the baby who has gone miss­ing. And then if you re­watch it, you can also be­lieve it from a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive. So you’re con­stantly play­ing du­el­ing per­spec­tives.

Al­most like you’re play­ing two dif­fer­ent per­son­al­i­ties?

Yeah, and two dif­fer­ent ver­sions of the story.

How were you able to put your­self into Joanna’s de­pressed state?

To be hon­est, I don’t re­ally know. I read some books, so I had the books to go off. I emailed a lot of my friends and new moth­ers and kind of tried to ask about the ex­haus­tion and the hor­mones and the day-to-day re­al­i­ties of be­ing a new mom and how it feels and what it does, and that was a lot of the stuff that came up. So I re­lied on a lot of my friends, I sup­pose, for real-life source ma­te­rial.

And re­ally as well, I think the chal­lenge of tak­ing on and not be­ing a mom and think­ing this is a woman who (is) just be­gin­ning the worst thing you could ever imag­ine, the most unimag­in­able cir­cum­stances, I think the pres­sure (of try­ing) to re­ally tell the truth of that in a way. So I think it was pure fear on my be­half as well.

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