On the heels of his Critics’ Choice Award nomination, we sat down with RECTIFY’s Aden Young to talk about all the attention the show’s been getting, his on-set spiritual mentor and what he’s learned from playing Daniel Holden.
The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) announced the Critics’ Choice Television Award nominations today, and actor Aden Young earned a nomination for SundanceTV’s RECTIFY.
Clayne Crawford, who plays Ted Talbot Jr. on RECTIFY, discusses his theory about how Ted and Tawney met, his directorial aspirations and life on his 50-acre farm.
Q: Some fans see Teddy as the bad guy on RECTIFY. How do you seem him?
A: I see Teddy as a guy who never really had a true family unit… knowing that he came into the Talbot family around 10 or 11 and was never truly accepted by his sister and had that looming cloud hanging over the family’s head with Daniel being incarcerated. And then my little brother Jared was born not too far after, so I think Teddy is a guy craving attention and love as a result of that experience.
Q: Teddy is very devoted to Tawney. What has the writer told you about their back story and how they met?
RECTIFY’s Adelaide Clemens (Tawney Talbot) talks about how she relates to Tawney and trusting people before judging them.
Q: Are there aspects of Tawney that personally you relate to?
A: There are so many traits of Tawney that are very similar [to me]. I think she had to think for herself a lot in her childhood and also find community. She grew up as a foster child, so the church is literally a source of stability and a community and something to latch onto. Just personally, from moving around a lot, wherever community is offered, I’ll take it.
Q: You’ve played characters with a darker side in movies like Generation Um… and The Great Gatsby. Has it been fun to play a less jaded character?
Johnny Ray Gill, who plays Kerwin Whitman on RECTIFY, talks about his emotional scene with Aden Young, the challenges of shooting in a jail cell and tapping into your nerdy side.
Q: Kerwin and Daniel become close friends in prison. Is it weird when your costar is on the other side of a wall?
A: Yeah, it can be. You have a camera right up against your face and then you have a wall that’s right up next to you, so you really get an idea of how restrictive it is to live in one of these rooms and how few places there are to go. I almost found myself sectioning off the room, saying okay this is the living room, this is the dining room, this is where he reads his books, this is where he goes to recess and all these other things. But it can be claustrophobic until they move the walls and say “take five.” [Laughs]
Q: You were actually a very studious kid who grew up in Portland, Oregon. What did you do to tap into the mindset of a convict? What kind of research did you do to prepare for the role?
Daniel is visited by the ghost of Kerwin, who tells Daniel to wake up.
At an Atlanta hospital, Amantha and Janet panic as Daniel struggles to emerge from an induced coma. Nurses rush in to put him back into the coma.
While at the scene of Daniel’s attack, Lid tells Carl that a witness saw a blue truck leave the cemetery. Carl insists on finding the attackers despite Lid’s warning that it will hurt his reelection chances.
Abigail Spencer, who plays Amantha Holden on RECTIFY, talks about the key to her character’s style and working alongside co-star Aden Young (Daniel Holden).
Q: Amantha is a very unusual name. Do you know how Ray came up with it?
A: Ray and I have never spoken about this, which is so funny. But I heard through someone who heard that Ray has a friend who has a daughter named Amantha and the character is named after the daughter… And I was surprised, I was like Oh, a human is actually named this? Actually there was a version of the script in Season 2 that explains the name, but the scene got cut, so we will continue to ponder the origins.
Q: Amantha’s style on RECTIFY is adorable. Does Amantha’s style match your personal style at all? Is there anything from her wardrobe that you’d like to steal?
Aden Young, who plays Daniel Holden on RECTIFY, talks about the complexities of his character, the most unusual scene he shot in Season 1, his own teenage hobbies (hint: it’s not BMX riding), and working opposite Clayne Crawford (Ted Jr.).
Q: You grew up in Australia. Are there any similarities between Australian culture and Southern culture?
A: I was born in Canada and my father is from Missouri and my mother is from Australia and when I was about 9 we moved out to Australia. But there always was within me this mystery land where my father was from that I wanted to explore, and that was especially true when he passed away… it was perfect for me to come to play a Southerner in his home town, but a Southerner who has of course been locked away from that town for many years. So what was being revealed to me as an Australian was similar in the experience that Daniel might have had in coming out of prison.
Q: It must be a mixed bag getting recognized from the show. Do fans expect you to be as eccentric as Daniel?
RECTIFY's upcoming second season wins acclaim from Entertainment Weekly for its "engrossing meditation on the complexities of redemption," while The Denver Post highlights the "fine cinematography, great acting and probing character development." See what the buzz is all about, watch the first 12 minutes of RECTIFY Season 2 on Buzzfeed now.
Though some of the actors are from the South, the RECTIFY cast hails from all over the globe. Some embraced the challenge of adopting an accent while others just “let their accents loose.” Check out a few approaches below.
Adelaide Clemens (Tawney Talbot): It took a lot of research. With RECTIFY, we really try to steer clear of stereotypes. That’s really not what the show’s about, so I wanted to create a Southern accent that ties into the background of Tawney’s upbringing…. You know, it’s not a Texan accent. She’s from Georgia. I really wanted to pay attention to that and make sure that I was honoring that.
Bruce McKinnon (Ted Talbot Sr.): Over half of our regular cast they have Southern roots…
SundanceTV announced today that production has commenced on the highly anticipated sophomore season of its original drama series RECTIFY. The hour-long drama was created and written by Ray McKinnon (THE ACCOUNTANT, THAT EVENING SUN, MUD), who also serves as executive producer on the project under his shingle Zip Works. Production will once again take place in Griffin, GA. The ten-episode second season will air in Summer 2014.
Sundance Channel’s critically acclaimed scripted series RECTIFY will return for ten new episodes in summer 2014. The haunting story of a man released from prison after spending nearly two decades on death row, RECTIFY has been overwhelmingly well-received by critics and has landed on numerous year-end top ten lists.
In advance of the upcoming Golden Globe® and guild nominations, Sundance Channel will give the awards community a thought provoking “For Your Consideration” campaign that explores some of the risk-taking questions raised by the network’s first original scripted series, RECTIFY.
The premiere of RECTIFY raised plenty of questions, but one we keep hearing is: Wouldn’t retrying Daniel Holden (Aden Young) be double jeopardy? Well, our friends at Buzzfeed want to make sure you know the answer is: No. “If you go to trial in front of a jury and you’re found not guilty, that’s the…