Sarah Gadon is a Canadian actor you might know from films like Denis Villeneuve’s Enemy or David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Mind, or maybe you remember her from the CBC-TV series Being Erica. Gadon’s latest role has her starring as the notorious Grace Marks in Alias Grace.
The character, who serves as the protagonist of Margaret Atwood’s famous book that the TV series is based on, tells the story of a real woman. Marks was an Irish immigrant to Canada who was convicted of murder in the 19th century for potentially being involved in the brutal killing of her employer and a fellow servant. In Atwood’s book, as well as the series, Marks is a complicated character with many different sides and narratives, which proved to be a rewarding but challenging task for Gadon.
Today, Gadon joins host Tom Power to talk about Alias Grace, working with Atwood and writer Sarah Polley, and finding complex, three-dimensional roles for women in film and TV.
Sarah Gadon is the lead Grace Marks in the upcoming Netflix series based on Atwood’s novel “Alias Grace.”
WWD – Sarah Gadon’s latest project was at once the hardest thing she’s ever done and a “mind f–k all the time” at that. Luckily for the actress, the shoot schedule in her native Toronto meant both the comforts of her own bed to crash into each night and, of course, some help from mom.
“I don’t think I would’ve made it through the project if I didn’t get to sleep in my own bed and have my mom help me out,” she says.
Gadon is the lead character Grace Marks in “Alias Grace,” the TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel, which comes to Netflix on Nov. 3 on the heels of the Emmy-winning success of the Atwood-adaptation “Handmaid’s Tale,” done for Hulu.
Alias Grace is based on Margaret Atwood’s award-winning novel. The six-hour miniseries follows Grace Marks, a poor, young Irish immigrant and domestic servant in Upper Canada who, along with stable hand James McDermott, was convicted of the brutal murders of their employer, Thomas Kinnear, and his housekeeper, Nancy Montgomery, in 1843.
EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Gadon, who most recently co-starred with Logan Lerman in the James Schamus’ Sundance film Indignation, has signed with CAA. Previously with WME, Gadon also appeared opposite James Franco in Hulu’s nine-part miniseries 11.22.63.
Her upcoming project slate includes the title role in Netflix’s Margaret Atwood-novel based miniseries Alias Grace, Sook-Yin Lee’s drama Octavio Is Dead, and Xavier Dolan’s The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan.
Other film credits include Dracula Untold, Denis Villeneuve’s Enemy, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, period drama Belle, directed by Amma Asante, and David Cronenberg’s pics Maps To The Stars, Cosmopolis, and A Dangerous Method.
Gadon, who made her directorial debut with documentary series Reelside, will continue to be repped by longtime manager Dani De Lio at Creative Drive Artists.
Today, April 4th, Sarah is celebrating her birthday! I’d like to wish a very Happy Birthday to Sarah!