This is the most dangerous secret. Jessica Biel plays a housewife with a killer instinct in Hulu’s upcoming miniseries CandyBased on a shocking true story from the 1980s.
The real Candy MontgomeryIn June 1980, she was arrested for murdering Betty Gore. Betty Gore was a middle school teacher that she had become close friends with after meeting at church. At the time, Candy was also having an affair with Betty’s husband, Allan GoreSome speculated that she was the one responsible for the killing. Although she claimed self-defense, Betty was eventually found guilty of stabbing Betty 41 times with an electric axe. She became a pariah within her community.
Biel is the titular role in the series. Melanie Lynskey‘s Betty, a seemingly kind and outgoing woman who spends her time helping her friends and going to church. Candy is eventually dissatisfied and starts an affair that will soon ruin her life as well as the lives of everyone around. “In this community, it’s been a big shock,” Biel says in the trailer, which was released on Wednesday, April 13. “We were friends.”
The clip hints at Candy’s double life, beginning with Betty offering up a toast in her friend’s honor. “I am so touched by your generosity,” she says. “The compassion and friendship you’ve shown — you’re just a sweetheart.”
However, Candy doesn’t seem quite so sweet as she sits in an interrogation room and stares down the cops interviewing her. After one of them points out that she has “a couple” broken nails, Biel’s character’s demeanor turns chilling. “Oh, they’re just so brittle. I really try to grow them, but I can’t,” she says with a smile, before clearing her throat and steeling herself for more questions.
Following 2017’s The Sinner and 2019’s LimetownCandy is Biel’s third series. After realizing that she wasn’t happy with the path she was taking in her career, the Minnesota native decided to take the reins, finding new roles and opportunities for herself.
“I just thought, ‘Nobody would ever think of me for something like this,’” she told BackstageMay 2018: Making The Sinner. “Nobody would ever offer me something [like this]I would never be allowed to audition. And if they would, I probably wouldn’t get it because it’s just not what you’re used to seeing me do.”
Speaking about her decision to begin producing her own content, she continued, “I’ve had a great career, and I’m very proud of my career, and I feel very lucky — but [my manager and I] were looking at the titles of the movies that I’ve done, and I just didn’t see myself in there. … I really need to step out in a big way, and I was just not getting the opportunities that I wanted.”
Candy Montgomery is an iconic role that no one would refuse to play. HBO Max also approved a drama series about Betty Gore’s murder. Love and deathStarring Elizabeth OlsenCandy Montgomery
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