She doesn’t just play an ordinary assistant in “Feud.”
In the highly-acclaimed drama series, actress Alison Wright plays Pauline Jameson, director Robert Aldrich’s (Alfred Molina) assistant.
“It was an easy sell,” Wright stated in her recent interview with Entertainment Tonight. “I got a phone call and [Murphy] asked me to do this show, which blew my mind in itself that he gave me the part,” she went on to say.
Created by Ryan Murphy, the show follows the behind-the-scenes conflict between two actresses, Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) and Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon). The two women were at odds while filming “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” a 1962 film based on a horror novel of the same name. Crawford originally pitched the adaptation to Aldrich.
The series depicts how hard it is for women at their 50s to land an acting job in Hollywood.
“[Murphy’s] a real champion of women, and he proves that with the characters he writes,” said Wright, 40.
In the latest episode, Jameson showed Crawford a screenplay that she wrote and hoped to direct. Sadly, the latter turned it down, saying she had no interest in working with a female director.
“People are talking to me already about how much that episode affected them, whether they are writers, directors or producers. I hear from people every day that it resonates with them so deeply because it’s still very much the same experience they’re having today,” said the English actress.
Wright also claimed that Jameson’s case is very touching and relevant to the individuals who are hoping for a shot in the entertainment industry.
Meanwhile, “Feud” is heading to its season finale episode. Regardless of her failing health, Crawford becomes a lead star in a new film. Additionally, Davis needs to face a new adversary. The episode showed both women reflecting on their old dispute.
The next episode of “Feud” will air on April 23 on FX.