Why Melanie Lynskey “Needed” to Play Betty Gore in Hulu’s Candy

“There’s so much that she has been terrified to discuss, that she’s never talked about with anybody, that she’s holding very close that fills her with shame, fills her with regret, and she’s just not processing anything ever,” Lynskey said. “She’s just kind of pushing forward and moving on and then things will crop up and she’ll push them back down.”

But even this role has been comforting for Lynskey in that it affirms how she deals with her emotions. She explained that she is all about processing feelings, saying that she cries “all the time” and she can “never make small talk” with others. As she said, “All I want to talk about is people’s trauma and terrible things that happen.”

In all fairness, it’s not hard to see why Shauna doesn’t talk about her trauma—surviving a plane crash and being stranded in the woods with a bunch of possibly cannibalistic teenage girls doesn’t seem fun. 

The first season of Yellowjackets is streaming on Showtime Now and Candy is on Hulu.


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