Ryan Murphy’s Feud has a bonkers cast
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Ryan Murphy’s new anthology series, Feud, sounded great from the beginning. Susan Sarandon, Jessica Lange, and Stanley Tucci starring in a miniseries about the legendary rivalry between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford? Sign me up. But just in case that wasn’t enough to get you excited for “Camp Christmas”, the cast has grown to include Alfred Molina (Robert Aldrich, director of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?), Catherine Zeta-Jones (Olivia de Havilland), and, most recently Sarah Paulson as Geraldine Page. This an incredible cast and if you’re not excited about Feud, I don’t want to know you.
The piece of casting that has me most stoked, though, is Australian actress Judy Davis as legendary gossip columnist Hedda Hopper. You might not know Davis’s name, but you probably recognize her—she’s a classic “That Guy/Gal” character actor who has been in a bunch of stuff over the years, but never really broken into the celebrity mainstream. One of the most exciting aspects of the “platinum age” of television is how many of these tremendous actors are finally getting showcases. As Hopper, Davis won’t be the star of Feud, but she is positioned to have the breakout moment on the show. We already know the others, but most people don’t know Judy Davis. One of the (many) potential joys of Feud will be watching everyone discover the enormously talented actor that’s been right in front of us all along.
Check out Davis as Elsa Schiaperelli, from a series of short films made for the Met: