Red-Carpet Voices: Patricia Clarkson for HBO’s ‘Sharp Objects’

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CHICAGO – The HBO miniseries “Sharp Objects,” based on the novel by Gillian Flynn (“Gone Girl”), will broadcast its third episode on Sunday, July 22nd, 2018. It features Amy Adams in the lead role as Camille Preaker, and also features the incomparable and shining movie star Patricia Clarkson, as Camille’s disparaging mother Adora.

Patricia Clarkson at the Chicago History Museum for HBO’s ‘Sharp Objects’
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for

Camille Preaker (Adams) is a crime reporter in St. Louis, who is assigned to a murder story in her hometown of Wind Gap, Missouri. She is a psychological mess, having just been released from a psychiatric hospital for various ills, and still cannot shake her acute alcoholism. The assignment comes with some baggage, as Camille’s small-town socialite mother Adora (Patricia Clarkson) is back in her life. Further complicating matters is Detective Richard Willis (Chris Messina) as a Kansas City law officer brought in to help solve the murders. Camille is about to be tested in her hometown.

Patricia Clarkson was born in New Orleans, and studied drama at Fordham University, before getting her Masters of Fine Arts from the Yale School of Drama. She broke into the movies in a big way, playing opposite Kevin Costner in the 1986 classic, “The Untouchables.” She has had a solid and memorable career track in diverse character roles in “Everybody’s All American” (1988), “Jumanji” (1995), “The Green Mile” (1999), “Far From Heaven” (2002), “The Station Agent” (2003), “Pieces of April,” (2003, nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar), “Good Night, and Good Luck.” (2005) “Married Life” (2007), The “Maze Runner” Series (2014-18) and “Learning to Drive” (2014).

Chris Messina, Author Gillian Flynn and Patricia Clarkson of ‘Sharp Objects’
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for

Patrcia Clarkson appeared on behalf of “Sharp Objects” at a screening of Episode Two, presented by HBO, at the Chicago History Museum. Photographer Joe Arce of shot the Exclusive Photo for this article on July 13th, 2018.

In the following segment Red Carpet Voices, with Patrick McDonald of, Patricia Clarkson talks about playing “mother” in general, and Adora specifically, plus which role she feels was most memorable for her.

Episode Three of “Sharp Objects” will premiere at 9pm EST/8pm CST on HBO on Sunday, July 22nd. See TV providers for channel or download. Featuring Patricia Clarkson, Amy Adams, Chris Messina and Elizabeth Perkins. Based on a novel by Gillian Flynn. Created by Marti Noxon. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée. For more information the series, click here. senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

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