Bloodline Season 2 on Netflix: Linda Cardellini and Sissy Spacek on Playing Meg and Sally Rayburn0 Comments

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Posted on 28 May 2016 at 5:06am
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This interview gets dark fast—but if you’re reading it, then you’re probably a Bloodline fan. And if you’re a Bloodline fan, then you’re prepared for anything when it comes to deep and troubling truths about humanity. Right? Nonetheless, I want to reassure you that Sissy Spacek and Linda Cardellini were giggling and glowing as we talked about Rayburn craziness and mother/daughter dynamics a few weeks back, ahead of the Netflix drama’s highly anticipated second season. Those gals are gonna be OK. But what about Sally and Meg? Before you watch to find the answer (season two is available now, and you’ll excuse me for skipping Memorial Day outdoorsiness to binge), read our Q+A with the queens of Key West.

GLAMOUR: You guys seem so happy to be in the same room right now.

LINDA CARDELLINI: We didn’t get much sleep last night because Sissy got in late, and we hadn’t seen each other in a month. So we burned the midnight oil.

SISSY SPACEK: We almost had a slumber party.

GLAMOUR: You seem so natural being together, which is perfect because I wanted to ask: How did the cast build this very believable family dynamic? It’s easy for actors on a family comedy to have fun with each other, but you guys had to dive in immediately to the worst parts of being a family. What was it like when you first met?

SS: We had this meeting [before we started shooting] in Key West. Remember that?

LC: Oh God, do I? It was so hot.

SS: It must have been a hundred degrees. I looked around and thought, “Oh my God. All of these grown men are my sons.” With Linda, it was easy. My [real] daughter, [Schuyler Fisk], had worked with you before and she said, “Oh, Mom. You’ll love Linda. She’s precious.”

LC: Aww.

SS: It’s true. She’s precious. The boys, not so precious. I remember thinking, “OK. I have to touch them. We’ll start there.” And Ben was just wringing wet, drenched with sweat.

GLAMOUR: So all that sweat we see onscreen is real, then, I assume.

LC: Oh, that’s all real.

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GLAMOUR: What do you think makes the Rayburns tick? They’re all a little bit dastardly on the inside, but surface-level, they’re looked upon as this model family.

SS: We’re in the hospitality business. So from the the time the kids were little, they had to learn how to behave and put on their public face—there’s certain things you don’t do in front of guests. No farting in front of the guests!

LC: Especially for Meg, that stuff comes up as an adult. I always say that she’s the type of person who has a telephone voice. You know those people who are talking [normally] and then answer the phone, like, [calm, professional voice], “Hel-lo?”

GLAMOUR: Season two begins with Danny dead, all the other kids complicit in his murder, and Sally completely shattered, about to learn how much she doesn’t know. How did that affect the vibe among the cast?

SS: Season two was much more difficult for me. I was like a little puppy season one, like, “Let’s do it!” But I’ve grown so close to these TV children of mine, and the fallout from the show affected me. The fact that our relationships were fractured and they were keeping secrets from me. Sally, at this point, doesn’t have any idea how much more horrible things are than she imagines. And she thinks it’s pretty horrible. It bled over. It spilled into our lives there. We didn’t see each other as much.

LC: We were much more fragmented, yeah.

SS: It was sad. Sad and lonely.

LC: I feel like I can’t look her in the eye the same way. Your mother can see through you. And that’s a relationship, I think, that Meg really feels the loss of.

GLAMOUR: This show is largely dominated by men at times—I’m thinking about the John/Danny faceoff dynamic that runs through season one. But the mother-daughter relationship feels so authentic to me. What about mothers and daughters do you think Bloodline gets right?

LC: We hurt each other because we care about each other.

SS: Yes. I remember I was in the grocery store once [years ago] with my four-year-old. She was standing in front of the shopping cart and I said, “Would you please get out of the way?” And this elderly woman said to me, “Oh, I’m so sorry.” And I said, “I wasn’t talking to you, I was talking to my daughter.” It’s weird the way we are. We’re so flawed.

GLAMOUR: After a long day as a Rayburn, how do you get rid of the stress of the stories?

LC: I go home to my family. I’m lucky enough to bring them with me. And you know, you have a little four-year-old who doesn’t understand you carrying home your work—she doesn’t understand that. She’ll say, “Are you happy, Momma?” So I can’t be thinking about what Meg’s doing when I have a little life looking at me.

SS: Your darling little child. She was two when this all started, and Linda would come into work to do a huge scene after having been up all night with a baby.

LC: It turns out it’s great that it’s not a comedy when you’re up all night with a sick toddler.

GLAMOUR: Right—exhaustion mode is perfect for this kind of drama. Sissy, how do you unwind?

SS: I do pilates.

LC: You’re so good. You’re so healthy.

SS: And I drink.

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