“Too Close” star Emily Watson has a private relationship to the supply materials for the three-part psychological thriller, premiering Thursday (May 20) on AMC+.
It’s primarily based on the titular 2018 novel by Natalie Daniels, the pen identify utilized by Clara Salaman — considered one of Watson’s oldest mates.
“I’ve known her for pretty much 50 years. We were at school together,” the British-born Watson, 54, informed The Post. “Clara is considered one of my oldest childhood mates. I learn the ebook earlier than it was printed — Clara and I set and talked about it over lunch. She mentioned, ‘It hasn’t been printed but. Will you learn it? I believe it’d make for an fascinating undertaking and there are some nice components in it.’
“I said yes, of course I would love to read it, but you’re always in that situation where you feel nervous and it’s a friend of yours and what if you don’t like it and it’s awkward? But I found myself really interested.”
In the sequence, Watson performs Dr. Emma Robertson, a married forensic psychiatrist who’s treating Connie Mortensen (Denise Gough), charged with tried homicide after purposely driving off a bridge right into a river throughout a torrential downpour — taking her younger daughter and a neighbor’s daughter together with her. All three survive; Connie, emotionally and bodily scarred and in a psychotic state, claims to don’t have any reminiscence of the incident and reacts unusually when confronted by Emma, who makes an attempt to attach the whys and hows of what occurred that night time.
The sequence performs out as a recreation of emotional cat-and-mouse between Emma and Connie, who chide, provoke and manipulate one another throughout their sparring remedy classes — whereas unlocking secrets and techniques each of them have saved from themselves and from others.
“I think Emma has been like a closed porcelain structure that’s got a crack in it and is just waiting for the right encounter to break it open, and that’s Connie,” Watson mentioned. “Emma has this idea of her self as being a very solidly secure professional person while, in fact, she hasn’t really dealt with something in her past.”
“It’s a typical view of psychosis that anyone like Connie who’s in that [emotional] place seems threatening and harmful, and over the course of the three episodes I hope the viewers is result in a really empathetic understanding of how that occurs — and the way somebody reaches that place.
“In the psychotic state she’s in, she’s terrified of looking into the reality of the situation,” she mentioned. “When I talked to a forensic psychiatrist, she said the hardest moment of all is when someone dealing with this comes down, because that’s the moment they come back to reality and realize what they’ve done. Everything is working incredibly hard in that person to deny they’ve done anything…and a lot of that, unfortunately, involves harming people they love. That’s the sort of mental energy and acuteness that state takes — and, in a way, it renders Connie intensely perceptive.”
Watson mentioned that Connie additionally forces Emma to confront her demons, significantly one incident in her latest previous that continues to hang-out her.
“I think [Emma] has undoubtedly gone through all the processes she’s supposed to go through — grief counseling, the stages of grief — but does she know how to process those things? No, and there’s a secret at the center of it she’s never confessed to her husband about exactly how things happened — because the guilt is too terrible.”