ency — has the moth away from the heroine s mouth as if she’s now allowed to speak.Even though the show is a period piece, Breeds said that this image is “representative of the time we re in.”“It s not that the moths aren t there,” Breeds said. “The traumas in our experience are still present as women in the workforce — with gender and race particularly. We go into [those issues] a lot on the show. It s not that the trauma isn t there. It s just, we re not silenced by it anymore.”(Photo by Brooke Palmer / CBS)Clarice also has a friend in the series, Devyn A. Tyler’s Ardelia Mapp, who happens to be Black — but whom Lumet has stressed will not be a “black best friend” stereotype. Tyler’s character is not just the “girl on the phone,” Breeds said.“She s not just the one in the basement, doing the background work that pops up every now and then when we need her,” Breeds added. “We talk about her not wanting to be relegated to the basement in the show. And she says what we re all thinking.”There are some things about Clarice’s history that cannot be undone.One is the character’s West Virginia dialect — something Dr. Lecter notes in Lambs that she’s “tried so desperately to shed.” Breeds said she had no idea what it meant when her audition script had the note “with a hint of Appalachia,” and her husband, actor Luke Mitchell, originally advised her to skip it and just do an American accent.(Photo by Brooke Palmer/CBS)After practicing the regional dialect, “it just kind of worked in my mouth, Breeds said. It just felt really right to me. And not only that, it really brought the character home for me.”It also helps her shed the character at the end of the day, Breeds said, because “it s not just an accent. It s a culture, it s an upbringing. It s a childhood that informs so much of who she is.”Another ghost from Clarice s past appearing in the series is Catherine Martin, the woman she rescues from Buffalo Bill’s clutches in Lambs. Played by Brooke Smith in the film, Catherine is now played by Marnee Carpenter.“Catherine could be Clarice if Clarice wasn t so stubborn in not letting her trauma get to her,” Breeds said. “Catherine is the dark side of the way our trauma can take us over. And it s everything Clarice is fighting against, but it s also haunting her. Because deep down, being a very intelligent woman, she knows that suppressing and avoiding trauma is not dealing with it. It s only suppressing it. And eventually it s going to come out and get you.”(Photo by Brooke Palmer/CBS)The most enticing adversary of all is not planned to have an impact on Clarice’s television longevity. Due to complicated licensing deals, the character Hannibal Lecter will not appear in the series — even if he is vaguely mentioned. (The opposite problem plagued creator Bryan Fuller s NBC series, Hannibal, which — ironically enough — also shot in Toronto. Breeds said some of Clarice’s crew members have worked on both shows, but she s not sure if they ve filmed in any of the same locations.)Despite being a sadist cannibal who is both on the loose and who knows a ton of personal information about our heroine, Breeds said the madman is barely a blip on the radar.“It is the ghost of her trauma from her childhood that she needs to deal with, more than she needs to deal with Dr. Lecter,” she said. “He was just a part of the process that is triggering her to go back to the real demons that are in her life.”Clarice premieres February 11 on CBS.
The curtain closed on the 44th Toronto International Film Festival this past weekend, and while several crucial pieces of the awards season puzzle are still missing, we can just about decipher the image, and it is looking glorious. Taika Waititi s Nazi satire Jojo Rabbit rebounded from a mixed initial critical reception to win the Grolsch People’s Choice Award, while previous festival favorites Marriage Story and Cannes Palme d Or winner Parasite were the first and second runners-up, respectively. A few notable contenders were missing from Toronto’s screens this year, including James Gray s Ad Astra, the yet-to-be-completed Little Women starring Saoirse Ronan and Meryl Streep, the Fox News sexual harassment tale Bombshell, and the Martin Scorsese gangster epic The Irishman, featuring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci.As the unofficial end of the festival season s opening act, the Toronto International Film Festival remains an essential stop on the way to Oscar glory, and the Grolsch People s Choice Award has become an increasingly prescient indicator of Best Picture chances nine of the last 10 winners of the former have earned nominations for the latter, including last year s eventual Best Picture-winner, Green Book. As we move into the heart of awards season, it will take more than just star power and reputation to take home that golden statuette, but with such heavyweights as Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Meryl Streep, Joaquin Phoenix, Leonardo Dicaprio, Laura Dern, and Brad Pitt in the mix, competition will be fierce. Here are our key takeaways from this year s Toronto International Film Festival.Festival Favorites Continue to Impress