Jessica Biel on Candy’s “Funny, Weird, Heartbreaking” Finale

This post contains spoilers for the finale of Candy.

Nothing is simple in Candy, from the quirky playful set design to the story structure that jumps in the timeline. True crime series that explores the events surrounding the death of Betty Gore (do Melanie Lynskey), which opens with the premiere on the day she was killed, before turning back the clock to uncover the complicated inner lives of both the victim and the killer, Montgomery Candy (Jessica Biel). (The jury acquitted Montgomery of self-defense murder.) Friday’s finale pushes the action back into the aftermath of the macabre incident, but not before opening the door for a re-enactment. now almost strangers: As the two investigators on the case, Biel and Lynskey’s real-life husbands, Justin Timberlake and Jason Ritter, “Playing the characters played by their wives,” staging what could have happened between Candy and Betty — “a very meta statement” on the theme of the show in general, the co-creator and showrunner said. Robin Veith.

Indeed, the finale played out like a Candysimulated courtroom drama, delving into Candy’s self-defence claims before imagining what her stated version of events might look like in real time. This leads to an intricate and deadly dance between Biel and Lynskey, before the episode’s final note quietly reminds us that there’s one side to the story that can’t be told – that of Betty.

Vanity Fair spoke to Biel and Veith, both executive producers on Candy, about the plot of the finale, the big themes of the whole show, and how close this true crime horror show is to being a complete comedy.

Vanity Fair: Robin, I’ll start with you. We talked earlier about the first episode of Candy is constructed very deliberately as the “day of” and the finale are equally intentional. Can you talk a little bit about the broad outline of the episode?

Robin Veith: It is actually the result of many conversations with my collaborators, Jessica and Melanie and Michael Uppendahl, Manager. It’s been very important to all of us to really make it clear to the audience that what we’re presenting here isn’t the truth — it’s Candy’s version of the story. And in the end, we did our best to keep Betty alive so that when we heard Candy’s story, we remembered there was another woman who was a very real person who couldn’t tell her story. she.

We’ve had a lot of conversations going around, How can we make that clear? Because often when you film something, it’s presented as the truth — if you could see it in front of you, you’d take it for granted. We experimented a lot, and hopefully we tried to make it fun and visually appealing, but still didn’t get the audience hooked. You decide what you think happened and who you believe.

Jessica, what would it be like to play a version of the events that we are being told, implicitly or explicitly, not necessarily the truth?

Jessica Biel: You just play it like the truth. At least that’s my point: I really loved her and still do on so many levels. I sympathize with this character. I have parallel problems that I struggle with, which she is struggling with. And on a really basic level, I just had to believe her and I did most of the days. There are some days that I am not entirely sure…. But reducing it to the basic way to find your way in, it’s just that you really believe the story. I was able to suspend my skepticism about other things I had read, studied, or discussed with Robin or the other actors — when we were shooting that big movie, I could only fall into pocket and trust. Believe the story.

Let’s talk a little bit more about that setup, the reenactment of the murder as it could have happened. Have you talked about how it feels, how to prevent it, how is its mechanism?

Biel: The real idea is not to glorify this violence. That’s the opposite of what we want to do. Obviously, Robin could say more about how deeply you feel about not glorifying violence. But in my opinion, it only felt so important after we decided that we wanted to really shoot the fight scene and show the whole thing, that we do it step by step like Candy said. in court — from documents, evidence, all court documents.

So almost every movement in that fight was exactly what Candy said happened. We even had some parts that our choreographer skipped because we were trying to find a transition or something, and Robin said, “No, we didn’t do that. . That’s not what Candy said happened.” It was very specific to what she said happened.

Veith: It’s a responsibility we all shoulder: If we’re going to show this, let’s not give Candy any arguments she didn’t come up with herself. If we’re going to show her the side of the story, let’s show it exactly how she said it went down. If that means something doesn’t quite make sense from one motion to another, it’s something to think about, you know? [Laughs.] From the beginning, I wrote the fight scenes because another thing that was important to me was depicting the rage of women, which isn’t talked about much and people like to pretend they don’t exist. It has become the balancing act to get both. That’s how it ended up being together the way it was.

Jessica, can you talk a little bit about exploiting that element of rage? That’s a really strong line in the show.

Biel: Oh, yes. Well, I got mad. So I had no problem. [Laughs.] I’m joking and I’m not joking, am I? I feel like women have been marginalized and forced to be a certain way, and told that their body has to do a certain thing at a certain time, etc. Forever. I feel angry about so many things that have happened to me in life that I am still trying to understand how to communicate. That I have no problem exploiting. The release of things that happened to us, all historical things, I understand. I also feel it. I think we all do. So are men. You guys don’t go extinct with that.

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