In our Q&A series Last Call, we get down to the bottom of every last thing with some of our favorite celebs — from the last time they were starstruck to the last song they listened to. This week, Gideon Adlon takes our call.
NBC’s “The Thing About Pam” explores the real-life 2011 murder of Betsy Faria. Based on the “Dateline” podcast of the same name, the series stars Renée Zellweger as convicted murderer Pam Hupp; Glenn Fleshler as Betsy’s husband, Russ Faria; Josh Duhamel as criminal defense lawyer Joel Schwartz; Judy Greer as Lincoln County prosecutor Leah Askey; and Gideon Adlon as Betsy and Russ’s 17-year-old daughter, Mariah Day.
You may recognize Adlon from 2020’s “The Craft,” in which she starred as Frankie. Adlon’s previous projects also include Netflix’s “Pacific Rim: The Black,” Netflix’s “The Society, and 2018’s “Blockers.” But her latest project is quite the departure from her previous roles, mainly because the show is centered around a true story.
Adlon first got involved with “The Thing About Pam” when she auditioned for the role of Mariah over the summer in Austria. “I started my research, and that’s the first time I had ever heard about this,” Adlon tells POPSUGAR. “After booking it, reading the scripts, learning more, and speaking to Mariah, I became very invested, obviously, and really worked hard in trying to portray this story in a respectful way.”
Prior to getting involved with the series, Adlon was not familiar with the Faria family’s case. “NBC sent me a lot of assets. I watched the ‘Dateline’ episode, and they sent me articles. I read everything and did my own research on Mariah and Leah — just tried to be as well-versed as I could before I flew out to start filming,” Adlon explains.
Since getting involved with the show, Adlon has developed quite the close bond with the cast. Read more about that and more in her Last Call interview ahead.
“The Thing About Pam” airs Tuesdays on NBC.
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