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.