‘Guilty Party’: Kate Beckinsale, Others Talk Privilege in Dark Comedy


The Dark Comedy, premiering this Thursday on Paramount+, follows Beth, a terrific journalist performed by Kate Beckinsale, who’s disgraced amid a serious scandal. Her redemption arc serves as a place to begin and turns into an unlikely team-up stuffed with twists and turns.

Season 1 follows Beth’s makes an attempt to rebuild her title by taking over the story of a lady incarcerated for homicide, and he or she makes an excellent larger mess of her life alongside the way in which.

“She’s had a hard time,” Beckinsale informed TVLine. “She is very humiliated and hurt. Her identity is in question [and] she tries to find her way in her career, in her marriage, in herself. She doesn’t necessarily make the most rational decisions, and she’s pretty reckless and impulsive, and does stupid things, but she’s actually a good person. She just has a lot of blind spots.”

Beth’s plan to assist the imprisoned Toni, who declares her innocence, is flawed. She sees this as a chance to wash up her fame, not realizing that she is doing this due to a black girl’s ache.

“I often say she’s not our hero, but she’s the protagonist,” explains sequence creator and showrunner Rebecca Addelman. “It was a conscious decision to make her a very privileged white woman. She enters the situation with Toni thinking, “This story can help me.” It’s one thing Toni can detect instantly, and Beth isn’t used to individuals calling her out. She is [not] accustomed to having a few of her privilege checked.”

When Beth first meets Toni, “she asks me all these questions,” explains Jules Latimer, who performs Toni. “By the end of [the interview]I’m like, ‘Did you visit me? Do you know who I am?’ You can just see that these are two flawed people trying, for myself, to live a free life, and for her, to be a respected journalist, and we continue to fail at both things. During the season you just see two people trying their best and not getting it. It doesn’t stick, and for some reason how imperfect they both are, we have a bond that is almost indescribable. It’s like, ‘I don’t know why I’m staying with you,’ and she doesn’t really know why she’s staying with me, but we need each other.”

Jules Latimer in Guilty Party Season 1The unlikely partnership forces Beth to look inside and understand she is probably not in as dangerous as she thinks. “That’s one of the interesting parts of the show: seeing someone who is very absorbed in the drama of their lives, and then meeting someone who has really, really hard things that she hasn’t been through,” Beckinsale added. “It makes her grow a little bit.”

While a comedy, the sequence touches on a myriad of points equivalent to race and sophistication, the carceral system, America’s gun fetishization, and even the way in which we eat information.

“What fascinated me was the ability to talk about perspective and who gets to tell the story and whose story is told,” Addelman says. “We have historically attributed objectivity to journalism, that there are facts to be found. And yet what the show does, what the Beth character is our channel to help us say and do, is that objectivity doesn’t exist. Everything is subjective and everything you’re going to see in this show comes from one’s point of view and one’s experience. We were very conscious of creating characters from very specific backgrounds and lives so that we could filter the show through their perspective.”

Addelman additionally notes that there are “certainly some episodes and scenes that are very funny, absurd and ridiculous, and there are times when we allow ourselves to get serious and dramatic.” Fans can anticipate distinctive characters this season, together with a lady named Patti (performed by vet Linda Kash on the large display). “I look forward to everyone seeing Patty’s many personalities emerge,” she concludes.

The Dark Comedy, premiering this Thursday on Paramount+, follows Beth, a terrific journalist performed by Kate Beckinsale, who’s disgraced amid a serious scandal. Her redemption arc serves as a place to begin and turns into an unlikely team-up stuffed with twists and turns.

Season 1 follows Beth’s makes an attempt to rebuild her title by taking over the story of a lady incarcerated for homicide, and he or she makes an excellent larger mess of her life alongside the way in which.

“She’s had a hard time,” Beckinsale informed TVLine. “She is very humiliated and hurt. Her identity is in question [and] she tries to find her way in her career, in her marriage, in herself. She doesn’t necessarily make the most rational decisions, and she’s pretty reckless and impulsive, and does stupid things, but she’s actually a good person. She just has a lot of blind spots.”

Beth’s plan to assist the imprisoned Toni, who declares her innocence, is flawed. She sees this as a chance to wash up her fame, not realizing that she is doing this due to a black girl’s ache.

“I often say she’s not our hero, but she’s the protagonist,” explains sequence creator and showrunner Rebecca Addelman. “It was a conscious decision to make her a very privileged white woman. She enters the situation with Toni thinking, “This story can help me.” It’s one thing Toni can detect instantly, and Beth isn’t used to individuals calling her out. She is [not] accustomed to having a few of her privilege checked.”

When Beth first meets Toni, “she asks me all these questions,” explains Jules Latimer, who performs Toni. “By the end of [the interview]I’m like, ‘Did you visit me? Do you know who I am?’ You can just see that these are two flawed people trying, for myself, to live a free life, and for her, to be a respected journalist, and we continue to fail at both things. During the season you just see two people trying their best and not getting it. It doesn’t stick, and for some reason how imperfect they both are, we have a bond that is almost indescribable. It’s like, ‘I don’t know why I’m staying with you,’ and she doesn’t really know why she’s staying with me, but we need each other.”

Jules Latimer in Guilty Party Season 1The unlikely partnership forces Beth to look inside and understand she is probably not in as dangerous as she thinks. “That’s one of the interesting parts of the show: seeing someone who is very absorbed in the drama of their lives, and then meeting someone who has really, really hard things that she hasn’t been through,” Beckinsale added. “It makes her grow a little bit.”

While a comedy, the sequence touches on a myriad of points equivalent to race and sophistication, the carceral system, America’s gun fetishization, and even the way in which we eat information.

“What fascinated me was the ability to talk about perspective and who gets to tell the story and whose story is told,” Addelman says. “We have historically attributed objectivity to journalism, that there are facts to be found. And yet what the show does, what the Beth character is our channel to help us say and do, is that objectivity doesn’t exist. Everything is subjective and everything you’re going to see in this show comes from one’s point of view and one’s experience. We were very conscious of creating characters from very specific backgrounds and lives so that we could filter the show through their perspective.”

Addelman additionally notes that there are “certainly some episodes and scenes that are very funny, absurd and ridiculous, and there are times when we allow ourselves to get serious and dramatic.” Fans can anticipate distinctive characters this season, together with a lady named Patti (performed by vet Linda Kash on the large display). “I look forward to everyone seeing Patty’s many personalities emerge,” she concludes.

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