J. Smith-Cameron (Janet Talbot) discusses playing Janet’s wilder side in RECTIFY’s final season, the inner pros and cons she weighed in regards to selling the tire store and the mother-daughter relationship that J. and Abigail Spencer call “Jamantha.”
On the heels of the RECTIFY season three finale, sundance.tv has launched the second installment of The RECTIFY Short Film Festival, bringing fans an expanded array of diverse shorts produced, created and/or headlined by the cast of the Peabody Award-winning series. This installments brings shorts from Ray McKinnon, Aden Young, J. Smith-Cameron and more.
J. Smith-Cameron–who plays Daniel’s mother, Janet Talbot, on RECTIFY–knows a thing about being a mom. And not just onscreen. Here she shares her insights about Janet’s outfits, her mothering style and her own signature dish (hint: It’s not pecan pie).
Q: Janet always seems on the verge of breaking down or bursting into tears. How do you maintain that kind of emotional tension?
A: That’s one of the challenges of the part. She does put a lot of energy into keeping it in, keeping that wall up, yet maintaining some kind of grace. She’s got a lump in her throat at all times; it’s her coping mechanism. This show is an actor’s dream–the man who created it, Ray McKinnon, is an actor as well–and that’s definitely written into the part.
Q: She has these very put-together outfits, and she often seems to be clutching her purse. Do those physical details help define the character for you?