You demanded everything of me, except sex
“Jean-Marc Vallée, you demanded everything of me, except sex, which is exactly as it should be in our industry,” said Patricia Clarkson of her Sharp Objects director, while collecting her Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress In A Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made For Television.
In the second HBO hit series in a row from the Big Little Lies director, Patricia played Adora, the mother of newspaper reporter Camille Preaker (Amy Adams), who returns to her small town to investigate the murders of two young girls. Adams was also nominated for the Globe for Best Actress for her role in Sharp Objects, which was also up for Best Limited Series.
During the subsequent press room interviews, Patricia came across as much more jolly than her Sharp Objects character. Asked if she found Adora a difficult role to play, Patricia said, “Very… I realised I had to become something I’ve never been. I think that as actors, that’s the greatest challenge we can ever have.”
During her acceptance speech, Patricia thanked her parents. “This really is for my extraordinary mother and father and I share this with you mom and dad, in New Orleans,” she said, sending a kiss to the camera.
During the press interviews, she added, “I think I’m able to play these incredibly compromised, fractured, brutal women characters because I had a beautiful life growing up. I think that feeds you in an odd juxtaposition and an odd way. Adora was one for the books – literally and figuratively – but she’s a character that I love, still, with all of her foibles, all of her faults, all of her troubles. I still love her.”
Patricia was quick to share credit for her win in her acceptance speech. “Every single person who worked on this miniseries, I thank you with all my heart. Amy [Adams], I owe you so very much.”
I think I’m able to play these incredibly compromised, fractured, brutal women characters because I had a beautiful life growing up.
This was a sentiment she repeated in the press interviews afterwards. “When we’re honoured, we celebrate all the people who work with us. This isn’t false modesty,” she said. “I’ve done a lot of work at this stage of my career and I will say working on Sharp Objects, I had the most remarkable group of people around me that I can remember: Amy Adams, Jean-Marc Vallée, HBO, Chris Messina, Matt Craven, Elizabeth Perkins, Eliza Scanlen… I feel like I’ve won for everybody; I’m here tonight to celebrate Sharp Objects.”
Patricia looked gorgeous in a dress by Lebanese fashion designer Georges Chakra. “This is what fifty-nine looks like,” she told the media proudly. Later, she joked, “My Golden Globe… weighs more than I do. Right now I haven’t had anything to eat in about fourteen hours… This belt is very tight… I’m going to be eating bolognese tomorrow…”
She also owned up to being superstitious about the award in the lead-up to The Golden Globes. “I won’t let anybody say anything about winning,” she said. “If they do, I make them turn around three times and spit. I swear to god. Ask anybody in my life. Anybody says, ‘Oh Patty, I think you might win,‘ I say, ‘No, no, turn around three times and spit,’ which is an old theatre superstition.”
Clarkson beat out Alex Borstein (The Marvelous Mrs Maisel), Penélope Cruz (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story), Thandie Newton (Westworld) and Yvonne Strahovski (The Handmaid’s Tale).
Although Clarkson had already won two Emmys for her role as the free-spirited sister in Six Feet Under, this is her first Golden Globe win. She’d previously been nominated as a cold-hearted cancer victim in Pieces of April, which also earned her an Oscar nomination.
Some of her other iconic roles include her big screen debut as Mrs Elliott Ness in Brian De Palma’s Oscar-winning The Untouchables; starring opposite Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry in The Dead Pool; her Sundance-winning work in The Station Agent and All The Real Girls; her New York Film Critics Circle-winning performance in Far From Heaven; her Saturn Award-winning performance in The Green Mile; her role as Emma Stone’s mom in Easy A; and her recent turn as Jane Davis on House of Cards, where she starred opposite her Golden Globes date Darwin Shaw.
Asked what she was going to do to celebrate, she said, “I’m going to lift my dress high over my head – in private – just with the gorgeous man I’m here with tonight – Darwin…”
Sharp Objects, which has a 92% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, comes to Showmax on 1 February 2018.