Broad spoilers for Alias Grace Season 1 are below.
True crime has experienced a significant boom in recent years, both in scripted and unscripted forms, as audiences have shown a deep passion for diving in and trying to determine the guilt or innocence of a given subject or character. That's not necessarily what Netflix's Margaret Atwood adaptation Alias Grace is about in the grand scheme of things, however. In fact, star Sarah Gadon addressed Grace Marks' ambiguous guilt during a roundtable discussion at a press event attended by CinemaBlend, and she explained that she actually cared more about getting to the root of the character than discovering the truth, though she has her suspicions. Gadon said:
Alias Grace is a show directed by American Psycho helmer Mary Harron, so as you can probably assume, there's a profound emphasis on ambiguity here. Was our heroine involved in the murders, or was she purely a victim? Those are questions that Alias Grace never really answers throughout its limited run, so they weren't questions that Sarah Gadon needed to focus on in her research.
Instead,Sarah Gadon focused on finding the authenticity of everything else that had less to do with the deadly crime itself. That wasn't just a personal preference, but something that author Margaret Atwood (whose work also inspired this year's hit new series The Handmaid's Tale) specifically requested in the live-action depiction of the character. As for what she actually thinks about the crime? Gadon is sworn to secrecy for now.
In developing her line-toeing performance, Sarah Gadon spent quite a bit of time focusing on the inner drive of a woman like Grace Marks. Doing thorough research on the real-life woman, Gadon learned just how strong, funny, and unflappable she was in the face of adversity. The actress continued:
Alias Grace is now available to stream on Netflix, make sure to check out CinemaBlend's review of the new series and check out our fall premiere guide to see what else is coming to the world of television this season. To hear everything else we have to say about everything in the realm of streaming content, you can also listen to The Cord Cutter Podcast.
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