- Adams’ character is a trauma survivor who drinks and self-harms as a form of self-medication.
- At HBO’s TCA event in Beverly Hills, Adams said she suffered from insomnia while filming.
- “I’d have these insane conversations with myself at four in the morning trying to decide what was my anxiety and what was Camille’s,” Adams said. “So I felt crazy. I did.”
HBO’s new mystery-drama series “Sharp Objects” follows the story of Camille Preaker, played by Amy Adams, as she navigates her traumatic past while confronting her antagonistic family in a small town. During HBO’s TCA panel on Wednesday morning, Adams discussed how her hours spent playing Camille affected her once she left the show’s set.
“For me family is the most grounding thing, so going home to my daughter and my husband and making dinner or doing something domestic always helps me reground myself and get back into my own reality,” Adams said. “But I had extremely bad insomnia and would wake up with anxiety and have to realize that I didn’t own it — it belonged to Camille.”
Adams plays Camille, an alcoholic who drinks throughout the day and is also recovering from time spent in a mental health facility after she turned herself in for self-harming. Her contentious relationship with her mother combined with her task of reporting on the disturbing murders of two girls in her hometown means Camille spends much of “Sharp Objects” in a state of re-traumatization.
“I’d have these insane conversations with myself at four in the morning trying to decide what was my anxiety and what was Camille’s and what I needed to let go of and what could work the next day,” Adams said. “So, I felt crazy. I did.”
According to “Sharp Objects” showrunner and screenwriter Marti Noxon, Adams won’t have to reprise her role (and therefore re-experience Camille’s anxiety) in the future. The eight-episode miniseries won’t have a second season.
“We’re not talking about a season two,” Noxon said during the TCA panel. “This is it, so bask in it while you can.”
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