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.