Oh, how I love this article… She is brilliant (and by she I mean Bellamy and Mellie).
"Her mannerisms are similarly inviting — she could easily take the stage at a press conference — but there’s an authenticity to Young that Mellie could never quite manage."
"It’s a tribute to Young’s acting skills that she’s so convincing in her role."
"Mellie’s brilliant behind-the-scenes manipulation is a highlight of the series."
"…flawed women remain, for some, a tougher pill to swallow. …female characters are held to different standards than male characters, and judged far more harshly for their transgressions."
“‘We just haven’t had a history of watching complicated women, except in our own lives. Everybody knows that we’re all just human beings, and we have drives and wants and we have flaws, and we mess up, and we try again, and we mess up again, and it’s super fun to watch that in a drama. The flaws are the juicy bits. But it’s stretching people’s comfort.’”
“‘It’s almost a cautionary tale, right? Because when you repress a part of yourself completely, you can’t be a full human being. The negative space, that’s an important part of the story.’”
"These characters thrive not in spite of their flaws, but because of them."
“’Mellie is always aware. She’s very careful with her words,” Young says. “Even when she’s making an enormous blunder, she’s making it grandly and she’s making it with precision. She’s surgical. So I think her use of ‘whore’ once, much less her repeated use of it, is a very well sharpened spear, aimed straight at Olivia’s heart, and to shame her. Because it’s such a word of shame, and you could never use it on a man.’”
"Mellie is not the “scorned woman” or the “bitch wife” she’s sometimes reduced to. Her multi-faceted, occasionally ugly interior may repel some viewers, but that’s what gives her agency past her pleasant veneer and her role as Mrs. Fitzgerald Grant. “’It’s so easy to disregard or underestimate Mellie,” Young says. “She can be so hyperbolic. She has big hair. But she is a smart, smart woman. She is often the smartest woman in the room.’”