The third and final season of the hit series Dead to Me, created by Liz Feldman, premieres on Netflix on November 17.
The series stars Christina Applegate (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy) as Jan Harding and Linda Cardellini (Avengers: Age of Ultron) as Judy Hale. After another hit-and-run, both women receive shocking news and are ready to risk their lives for a friendship that is above the law.
The new season will also see the return of James Marsden (“Disillusioned”) as Steve and Ben Wood, respectively.
Moviefone recently had the pleasure of speaking with Linda Cardellini, James Marsden and series creator Liz Feldman about the third and final season of Dead to Me, how they wanted to end the show, their characters, the challenges of playing two roles. , and their favorite memories of filming the series.
You can read the full interview below or click on the video player above to watch our interviews with Cardellini, Marsden and Feldman.
Moviefone: For starters, Liz, did you always plan to end the show after three seasons?
Liz Feldman: True no. I didn’t necessarily know how I was going to end the series when I started the series. But somewhere in the middle of the second season, this ending came to my mind, because I was racking my brain on how to complete these characters? How can I make this full circle?
Here’s how I decided to do it. I actually told Linda, the day I thought about it, I said, “I think that’s what I’m going to do.” I was just exploring the ideas you see in Season 3 and I really went into it with the hope that I would bring a closure and a satisfying ending to the viewers.
MF: Linda, when you start a new season, do you know your character’s storyline for the whole season, or do you go from script to script?
Linda Cardellini: I always ask a million questions. Liz knows, so she always tells me everything she knows, which is a lot of fun for us. This is our creative relationship. But there are always things in the script that I didn’t even know about. There are always big twists and turns, but there are also micro twists and turns that really surprise you as an actor and your character.
Something happens during the season. It happens to someone else and it really does happen. So, a lot of things happen that you cannot predict. There are small things and big things. I always know more important things, I think for the most part. But smaller things still surprise me day after day. Sometimes she says, “I’m not going to tell you this because I want you to be surprised when you read this,” and then I know it’s something good.
MF: James, can you talk about the challenges of playing two different characters on the same show?
James Marsden: Yes, it was, but it was fun. I’m honored that Liz believed that I could get through this together, we’re doing this together. The writing is such that it really keeps you on your toes, and it’s less scary when the writing is really strong. I mean that. I think, again, part of the fun of being an actor is being able to transform yourself and play different characters with different personality traits. I think the more different they are, the easier it is to go in the other direction.
But it’s tricky because you don’t want it to look like a gimmick. You don’t want it to look like a gimmick or anything like that. You want it to feel authentic and real. It’s just looking at each of these characters as two separate people, almost like two separate projects. For example, who is this person completely, and then who is this person completely.
MF: Finally, now that the series is coming to an end, what is your favorite memory from the entire production?
LF: I mean, it’s almost impossible to boil it down to one. The truth is the gift that I will take with me is relationships, because I didn’t know these wonderful people before we started working together. Now I know them, but in addition to knowing them, I love them and they are my friends. I will carry them with me for the rest of my life.
I think of the moments we shared on set, too many to list, very often at 3:00 in the morning, huddled together over hot tea, in big puffy coats, and looking at each other with misty eyes, but just happy. that we can hang out. So, this is what I will miss and this is what I will take with me.
DM: I love it. I feel the same. It was one giant beautiful moment from the first day of this show. Anytime, Liz, because she knows you don’t have to invest a dime in me to make a fool of yourself, I’ll do it in no time. So every time my character is just an absolute buffoon, I just love it.
I don’t know as an actor, I love playing these characters when they think they’re fine, but they’re not. I think I like to play pranks on myself, and she allows me to. But that’s my personal take on the character. But traveling through these three seasons has been so wonderfully rewarding. I have wonderful friendships that came from this experience. Here’s what I’ll take with me.
OK: My favorite memory? I mean, there are so many, I don’t know. But I will say what I will miss. I will miss Jen and Judy. I will miss them. There’s something about Jen and Judy that’s very similar to Linda and Christina, but the script, the community, and the relationship we have with each other is so special. Then because of what you wrote about these two women and their friendship, I will miss this game so much. I had such a good time doing this.