Us Musts

Con­nie Brit­ton re­veals why she fell for her chill­ing new role


Af­ter friends told her about the LA Times’ hit true­crime pod­cast “Dirty John,” Con­nie Brit­ton “was im­me­di­ately pulled in.” But she never imag­ined she’d be a part of it. Now, in Bravo’s lim­ited-se­ries adap­ta­tion (pre­mier­ing

Nov. 25, 10 p.m.), the Nashville alum, 51, plays De­bra Newell, a sin­gle mother of two who meets con man John Mee­han (por­trayed by Eric Bana) and falls head over heels — de­spite creepy clues that he may be too good to be true: “She’s re­ally re­lat­able — she’s a won­der­ful hu­man be­ing who sees the best in peo­ple” even when those peo­ple turn out to be bad. Here, the mom of one shares more about her role with Us.

Q: Why were you drawn to the part?

I al­ways want to play char­ac­ters that show a dif­fer­ent facet of wom­an­hood. This one felt like a de­par­ture from a lot of what I’ve done. I was also re­ally in­ter­ested in what makes her tick.

Q: Have you met the real De­bra? I’ve ac­tu­ally spo­ken to her quite a bit, which was so help­ful and im­por­tant for me to re­ally un­der­stand her. She was ex­tremely gen­er­ous with her time and shar­ing her ex­pe­ri­ences.

Q: Do you re­late to her at all? I do. She’s nur­tur­ing and sup­port­ive, and makes sure ev­ery­body else is OK.

Q: Why do you think this story works right now? In light of the #MeToo move­ment, we’re all re­ally look­ing at how women are treated. And we’re liv­ing in a cul­ture where it’s harder and harder to know what the truth is and eas­ier and eas­ier to be conned.

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