How did you work out the schedules to do both True Detective and Rectify?
Honestly, I don’t even know how that happened. It was kind of magical. [Executive producer] Nic Pizzolatto offered me the part. He thought of me for it, and he’s good friends with Rectify’s producers. True Detective was so lovely. They were just like, “We’ll make it work. We’ll work around your schedule.” I was like, “Really? Okay!”
Do you know why Nic thought of you?
It’s so funny: He knows me from Burning Love, this [Bachelor parody] show that Ben Stiller produced. Nic loves comedy. It’s kind of a niche to be a superfan of that show.
TheWrap: What was the toughest thing you had to do last season?
Abigail Spencer: There’s a scene in Episode 4 and it’s basically when Amantha — the whole episode feels like one scene — has a whole day where she binge-eats and smokes, like, 23 cigarettes and finds herself in Thrifty Town and asking for a job. There was something about that scene and that episode, I feel all of Amantha, I feel all of it. Her pride, her guilt, her weakness, her strength, I feel all of it.
You’re working with Chris Messina on The Sweet Life movie right now?
Yes. It’s this great little film. Chris Messina is awesome. He’s amazing. I’ve always wanted to work with him and he and I kind of became friendly a year and-a-half ago. I was cast in this movie, and the producers and director went to him with it. He’s one of the greatest actors I’ve ever worked with. He’s so awesome. It’s like this dark romantic comedy about two people that meet in Chicago and decide to go on a road trip to throw themselves off the Golden Gate Bridge together.
Yeah, it’s super light fare.
You grew up in a small beach town.
In Gulf Breeze, right across the three-mile bridge from Pensacola. The sand is like sugar. The water is pure turquoise. It’s like the Caribbean. Every time I go back, I see the area thriving but keeping that Gulf Coast beach culture you find in Mississippi and Alabama, too.
Your father, Yancy, has been called the father of Gulf Coast surfing.
He was very much on the forefront of the surfing scene down there. He was on the beach one day when he was fifteen with a friend who had some surfboards. His friend seemed more interested in the girls on the beach, so my dad took out one of the boards. He caught his first wave and got tubed, but he noticed that everyone on the beach was watching him. He fell totally in love with surfing that day. He eventually ran a surf shop, called Innerlight. I think one of the reasons my dad got so good [he won the East Coast Pro in 1972] was the Gulf Coast surf conditions. Florida surfers learn how to be great on mediocre waves. It trains you, gives you endurance. He was such an artist when it came to surfing. He was my biggest influence
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The correct screening times are as follows:
Saturday, March 21 @ 8:30 pm
Saturday, March 28 @ 4:30 pm
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SundanceTV’s ‘Rectify’ Season 3 Starts Production & Sets Summer 2015 Premiere
Entertainment Weekly’s #2 TV show of 2014 is back for a third season
SundanceTV’s critically-acclaimed “Rectify” begins production
New York, New York – February 20, 2015 – SundanceTV announced today that production has commenced on the third season of its original drama series “Rectify.” The hour-long episodic drama was created and written by WGA Award-nominated Ray McKinnon (The Accountant, “Deadwood”, “Sons Of Anarchy”). It is executive produced by McKinnon, as well as Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein, the award-winning producers behind “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul.” It begins shooting Monday, February 23, and production will, once again, take place in Griffin, Georgia, near Atlanta. The new season, 6×60, will air in Summer, 2015.
Entertainment Weekly cited “Rectify” as the #2 Television Show of 2014, and it appeared on many “Best of 2014” lists, including TIME, Los Angeles Times, Variety, Huffington Post, Vox and Grantland. Alan Sepinwall of HitFix characterized Rectify as “one of the most spiritually rich and thoughtful shows anywhere on television at the moment” and Daily Beast’s Jason Lynch called it “an emotional marathon unmatched by anything else on television.”
“Rectify” follows the life of Daniel Holden (Aden Young), recently released from prison after serving nineteen years on death row for the rape and murder of his teenage girlfriend. When DNA evidence casts doubt on his conviction, Holden returns to his family and his hometown where the murder occurred and where many still believe he is guilty. Daniel spent all of his adult life waiting to die; now he must learn how to live again or decide if he even wants to while others determine whether or not he will have that chance.
Season 3 picks up where Season 2 left off, on the very afternoon of Daniel’s plea deal. Will the deal be accepted? Will Daniel be forced to leave town? And when the body of a missing person is discovered, law enforcement once again turns to him for answers. Amantha attempts to have a life outside of Daniel’s situation and is offered a promotion at Thrifty Town. Tawney and Ted Jr., meantime, struggle to decide if their marriage has a future. As they both delve into their pasts for answers, parental ghosts abound which may help them understand how to navigate the present.
“Rectify” stars Aden Young (Killer Elite, The Tree) as Daniel Holden; Abigail Spencer (Cowboys and Aliens, “True Detective”) as Amantha Holden, Daniel Holden’s younger sister who’s devoted her entire adult life to securing his release; J. Smith Cameron (“True Blood”, Margaret) as Janet Talbot, Daniel’s loving mother, who has been living with the impending death of her son for nineteen years; Luke Kirby (Take This Waltz, “Show Me A Hero”) as Jon Stern, Daniel’s lawyer who works for an organization dedicated to exonerating the wrongfully convicted; Clayne Crawford (A Walk to Remember, “24”) as Ted Talbot, Jr., Daniel’s stepbrother whom he had never previously met; Adelaide Clemens (Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, The Great Gatsby) as Tawney Talbot, Ted’s kind-hearted wife; Bruce McKinnon (Lawless, “The Wronged Man”) as Daniel’s step father Ted Sr. and Jake Austin Walker (The Chaperone) as Daniel’s half-brother Jared.
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