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12/03/2018 Comments Off on Dirty John: Interview + Screencaps from Episode 1

Took me more than a week, but here are the screencaps from the first episode of ‘Dirty John‘:

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Below this line, you can read Juno’s thoughts about the series, her role, internet-culture and other things (I’ve cut out all the spoilers and added some of my own opinions in brackets):

This past summer, English actress Juno Temple was shooting a film in Los Angeles when a new TV script arrived in her hands. Before reading, there was homework to be done: listen to the original podcast. “It was a Friday afternoon, I put on the podcast and I literally didn’t move until I finished it, I was completely immobilized.” Of course, she’s referring to Dirty John, the Wondery/Los Angeles Times-created podcast that made multiple best-of charts in 2017 and reached a Serial-level of popularity among listeners.

Cut to late-November: Juno is part of an all-star cast in Bravo’s adaptation of Dirty John, which tells the real-life story of how con artist John Meehan won the heart of a successful Newport Beach-based businesswoman named Debra Newell after the two met on a dating website in 2014. Juno plays one of Debra’s daughters (whose name was changed from Jacquelyn to Veronica for the show).

The Bravo series is packed with plenty of twists and snappy one-liners from Juno’s Veronica, who serves as the much-needed comic relief throughout the eight episodes. She’s also the voice of reason, even when she sounds unreasonable. Heck, she’s got a safe to hold all her designer purses! From the moment you meet Veronica—or rather, from the moment John meets her, it’s pretty much set in stone that she will never be a fan of her mom’s new man.

Below, Juno opens up about the dangers of the internet, eBay, and why it’s important to see women supporting women on TV.

On being the comic relief of ‘Dirty John’:

“It was something I was really attracted to when I read the script. To have the conviction in what she says is what makes her funny. The challenge for me was I haven’t done a lot of comedy. And I remember being 17 and there was one comedy called ‘Year One’ [with] Jack Black. This guy I went to school with was like, ‘Oh really? They cast you? You’re not funny.’ I remember thinking, ‘Oh, you don’t think I’m funny? Fucking watch this.’ In my opinion, comedy is even better when it’s a character who has no idea they’re being funny.”

(I can’t confirm if she’s funny or not as an actress, but as a person, she has good humour, you can see it from her interviews. I didn’t really thought about her as a comedic element in this series. And ‘Year One’ is not funny…)

On whether or not ‘Dirty John’ made her more skeptical of people:

“I’m sure it will cross my mind when I meet somebody new. But you don’t really entirely know anyone, do you? In a weird way, I don’t mind that either… Yeah, I kind of like that. But I don’t have as many skeletons in my closet as John.”

On the online dating culture:

“I’ve never done online dating. I’m a bit of a technological idiot, actually, so I’m sure I would [mess] that up. But I do have friends who are in the online dating universe. In this day and age, it’s the way most people meet people and it seems to have such a big success rate. We grew up [being told] not to talk to strangers and definitely don’t get in their car. And now we have Uber, we give them our addresses, our credit card details, and get in their car, and it’s just a given thing. It’s crazy how the universe has changed so much now and people fall in love and get married to people on the internet. It’s wild.”

On Instagram deep dives:

“I don’t really spend a lot of time on Instagram, I have to say. I have an Instagram and I know it’s important to post and it can be great for marches and movements, I think that’s really amazing. I spend more of my time on eBay, looking for collectibles. I’m an eBay junkie. I like finding weird vintage pieces of clothing. I really love eBay. Sometimes it’s a little too extreme. Earlier this year I was searching for early-2000 Galliano Dior. It’s all coming back in fashion. It’s a hot commodity again. I [also] found an amazing vintage neon lamp and a 1920s art deco collectible… it’s for my house.”

(Important to post if you want to sell yourself out…)

On the show’s strong female characters:

“I love my girlfriends so much and I would do anything for them. I love the women in my family so much. So that’s not out of the ordinary for me. I don’t really think about how good it is to see that. When I think of movies and TV shows, you don’t see a lot of women helping women, which is bullshit, it should be happening all the time. But that came naturally. That was the part that felt easy.”

On her biggest hope for ‘Dirty John’:

“I don’t want it to make people too paranoid about the idea of falling in love. I think we also have to remember Shakespeare and be a hopeless romantic sometimes. Putting yourself out there in the world, be honest about who you are. Don’t be afraid to be who you are. I think it’s something the internet and social media can take away from us and make us pretend to be a version of ourselves that we’re not. That can be frightening.”

On that designer purse safe and meeting the real-life Veronica (Jacquelyn):

“That is a real fact. I saw her at the premiere and she said that the safe was bigger in real life.”

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