Julianne Nicholson, 42, has carved out a career on television, with long-running roles on “Ally McBeal,” “Law and Order: Criminal Intent” and more recently, on HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” and Showtime’s “Masters of Sex.”
She has also starred in independent films including 2009’s “Brief Interviews with Hideous Men” and 2012’s “Keep The Lights On.”
The actress will next be seen playing a schizophrenic mother on the Sundance Channel’s new series “The Red Road”, a gritty crime thriller exploring tensions between a small town community and a Native American tribe, premiering February 27.
At the Sundance Film Festival earlier this month, the actress spoke to Reuters in between parties for “The Red Road” about exploring drama on screen and who she really bonded with on “August: Osage County.”
Q: Your character Jean in “Red Road” has a multitude of issues to tackle. What drew you to her?
A: I just thought Jean was amazing. She’s got so much stuff going on. She’s an undiagnosed schizophrenic, which she has been trying to keep on top of for 17 years. She’s been able to and now the pot boils over and it’s time to deal with that.
Q: What was your biggest challenge in the role?
A: I found this job to be very hard, mostly just the character and trying to be true to her experience but also living in that place for nine weeks. I don’t bring it home with me but it’s still - I don’t want to give anything away - but some of the things you go through, obviously it’s fake, but your body is going through the actions of these things. So it was very exhausting and I just was trying to do it right.