Since Glenn Close boiled a bunny in revenge, “the other woman” has gotten a bad rap – often described as mad, stormy, lascivious or just downright wrong. There is an aura of misogyny surrounding the archetype – as if a woman is just a lover drove away from losing their minds and destroying everything in their path.
Which is why it is interesting to talk to up-and-comer Jaz Sinclair (the “other woman” of When the Bough Breaks), the speed with which it justifies the actions of the character of a rational place and surprisingly benevolent.
It would be easy to portray Anna, the surrogate mother holding hostage unborn baby of a couple well-to-do, as unrepentantly evil and malicious; but Sinclair approached the character of the opposite view – a woman who wants to do good and help this couple, but loses its way in the process. It is a progressive take on what may be a type of character rather worn.
In the following interview with Sinclair, she discusses her character’s motivations, how her approach changed over the course of production and her favorite femme fatales.
- Jaz Sinclair on her favorite femme fatales
- On finding the motivations for her enigmatic character — Anna
- On how Anna and her approach to the character changed during production onWhen the Bough Breaks
- On her research process for the role