What if everything you thought you knew about your life was a lie?
This is exactly what happens to 30-year-old Andy Oliver (The Man in the High Castle‘S Bella Heathcote) in Netflix’s upcoming thriller pieces of her (which drops all eight episodes on Friday, March 4th).
Based on the novel of the same name by Karin Slaughter, the series tells the story of Andy and her mother Laura (Incredible‘S Tony Collette) after the women survive a horrifying near-death experience at a small-town Georgia diner. Media coverage of the situation sets off a chain of anticipated events, leading Andy to make a dangerous nighttime escape from town. Hungry for answers about her mother’s mysterious past, she soon discovers shocking secrets that will shatter her entire existence.
But even before all the trauma, violence, and persecution sets in, the relationship between mother and daughter isn’t exactly what you would call perfect.
“It’s a little bit tense, a little bit distant,” says Collette. “My character spends her entire life protecting Andy from all sorts of truths, and that doesn’t work for anyone. You can’t do that in life! Andy suffers from it. She has low self esteem. She is disillusioned with life and unable to connect properly. We go to this diner and I try to draw her out and let her know I’m there for her and she’s just so dismissive. Then something much bigger and heavier happens and we are forced to do something else.”
Media attention turns the women’s lives upside down and soon Andy is alone and on the run, questioning everything she ever knew about her mother and their life together. As a result, the connection between the two “changes and changes and changes,” says Heathcote, changes.
“You’re only as sick as your secrets,” she says. “The revelations that are taking place and the nature in which they are coming their way … Andy barely had time to process one truth before something else is revealed.”
After their traumatic experience together, Laura quickly detaches from her daughter for reasons that are slowly revealed over time. But to say anything else would be far too spoilery.
“Once she’s visible from afar and Laura’s face is everywhere, she knows her past will be knocking at her door, so she tries to push her daughter away,” says Collette. “She’s trying to save her. It’s a bit of panic and protection. She’s built a house of cards and it’s starting to shake. She’s trying to hold it up, but it’ll all fall down.”
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