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‘Candy’: How Melanie Lynskey Prepared to Play Betty Gore — ‘Not Sugarcoating Anything’


Melanie Lynskey as Betty Gore in Hulu's Candy.
Melanie Lynskey as Betty Gore in Hulu’s ‘Candy.’ | Tina Rowden/Hulu

‘Candy’ showcased Betty Gore’s life leading up to her death

In Candy, viewers saw Betty Gore’s life with her husband, Allan (Pablo Schreiber), in the year prior to Betty’s death. The two shared a daughter, Christina (whose name is Alisa in real life), and Allan traveled often for his work. Meanwhile, Betty worked as a grade-school teacher.

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Hulu‘s Candy tells the shocking and true story of the 1980 axe murder of Betty Gore, a housewife in Wylie, Texas. The five-part series begins with the day of the murder, showcasing the actions of Betty’s killer, a close friend and fellow housewife named Candy Montgomery, immediately after the crime. However, the following episodes take a step back to observe Betty’s and Candy’s lives before that day. In a recent interview, Betty Gore’s actor, Melanie Lynskey, shared how she respectfully approached her character in Candy.

Melanie Lynskey as Betty Gore in Hulu’s ‘Candy.’ | Tina Rowden/Hulu

‘Candy’ showcased Betty Gore’s life leading up to her death

In Candy, viewers saw Betty Gore’s life with her husband, Allan (Pablo Schreiber), in the year prior to Betty’s death. The two shared a daughter, Christina (whose name is Alisa in real life), and Allan traveled often for his work. Meanwhile, Betty worked as a grade-school teacher.

As Texas Monthly noted in its reports on the case, Betty often felt lonely during Allan’s travels, and she didn’t enjoy her job. Betty wanted to have another child with Allan, but their “sex life had dwindled to almost nothing.” Still, they began fertility planning and tried Marriage Encounter, and Betty became pregnant. By this time, though, Allan had already begun an affair with Candy Montgomery (Jessica Biel), whom he met at a church function.

Betty’s feelings of loneliness continued through her pregnancy, and she later experienced post-partum depression. Candy had been a close friend to Betty in recent months; however, their friendship fizzled out when Candy stopped seeing Allan due to Allan’s guilt.

On Friday, June 13, 1980, Candy visited Betty’s home to pick up a swimsuit for Betty’s daughter. Betty, having learned about the affair, confronted Candy with an axe. The two engaged in a struggle until Candy took the axe and struck Betty. Still, Betty survived and threw herself in Candy’s way. Candy then took the axe and struck Betty 41 times, killing her.

Allan had been away on business during the incident. He called Betty several times throughout the day, but she never picked up. He then had his neighbors check on Betty, and they found her dead.

Melanie Lynskey wanted to make sure Betty Gore would ‘feel represented’

Teach children to be louder? Well bless her heart. Stream a new episode of Candy now on @hulu.#CandyOnHulu @jessicabiel @melanielynskey pic.twitter.com/UsdoMPBA7D

— Candy on Hulu (@candyonhulu) May 11, 2022

While attending the Candy premiere in Los Angeles, Melanie Lynskey spoke with Variety about her approach to Betty Gore. Betty was a real person, and Lynskey wanted to respect her by portraying her life as accurately as possible.

“I wanted to make sure I was playing as true as I could version to life of her,” Lynskey shared. “Which meant not sugarcoating anything that she went through. I think it’s an important conversation to have, she had …read more

Source:: Showbiz Cheat Sheet

      

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