Patricia Arquette On Embodying Real-Life Women In ‘Escape At Dannemora’ & ‘The Act; How Writing Her Memoir Feels Like “Swimming With Sharks”

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Patricia Arquette On Embodying Real-Life Women In ‘Escape At Dannemora’ & ‘The Act; How Writing Her Memoir Feels Like “Swimming With Sharks”
Last time Patricia Arquette was staring an Emmy in the face it was 2007, and she was on her second nomination for playing Allison Dubois in Medium—the pretty mom who has it all, with psychic powers to boot. What could have been a hackneyed stereotype became, in the hands of Arquette, a nuanced and moving portrait of a woman torn. She didn’t win back then, but this year she just might, with two astoundingly challenging real-life roles under her belt: abusive mom Dee Dee Blanchard in Hulu’s The Act, and dissatisfied prison worker-turned-criminal Joyce “Tilly” Mitchell in Showtime’s Escape at Dannemora.

With the two limited series shoots, and her new Netflix film Otherhood crammed into a few months, Arquette found she leaned on the network TV training she had on Medium to run that marathon. “Absolutely it prepared me for that,” she says. “I think it gives
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