Candy Montgomery was charged with the murder of one of her best friends and companions at the church they both attended. Jessica Biel is starring in the title role, and a new episode will be played every night until Friday.
Biel is famously married to Justin Timberlake, and stories about them can sometimes make people forget her considerable gift as a performer.
“Candy” is a great reminder, but the new show also elevates her acting career to a new level. She began as the 14-year-old daughter of a priest on the TV show “7th Heaven.” The star is returning to church this time, but under completely different circumstances.
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Biel and Melanie Lynskey play best friends who are supposed to be God-fearing people in Dallas around 1978-80, but Candy Montgomery, who is married and has children, betrays her friend Betty Gore by having sex with her friend’s husband.
The series is based on what is described as “disturbingly true events”. This is not an exaggeration, because in real life Montgomery has been charged and tried for the brutal murder of Gore.
“It was challenging, very challenging,” Biel said.
It both makes us worry about a few deeply troubled women. Acting someone who is depressed is hard, Lynskey said.
“Because you put yourself in the main space,” she said. “And it can be a little difficult.”
Biel said that although it is difficult, an actor can play a role without liking the character.
“I think you can play a character and not love a person,” she said. “I mean, there are aspects of the characters I’ve played, including Candy, that I didn’t like, but, at the heart of it, basically, I understand them and I can find my way through them and feel empathy for them in some way.”
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She achieves that and more. In fact, Biel and Lynskey are giving two of the most interesting and most interesting appearances on TV this year.
“Candy” is not so much about death and chaos as it is about characters being pushed to their limits. It is not so much about corruption as it is about explaining why this tragedy could have happened.
“Candy” streams on Hulu, owned by Disney, the same parent company as this ABC station.
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