February 3, 2023

Our 2022 Annual Report continues with the announcement of Rhea Seehorn as our TV Performer of the 12 months, who joined us for an interview about Higher Name Saul and past. Because the 12 months winds down, keep tuned for extra awards, lists, and articles about the perfect music, movie, and TV of 2022. Plus, take a look at our High 25 TV Exhibits of 2022 record right here.

After years of Higher Name Saul, there’s one query Rhea Seehorn will get on a regular basis, and right here is the reply. “It’s principally my very own hair,” she says of the well-known Kim Wexler ponytail, which she sported for a lot of the present’s six-season run. “After which there’s one further piece that’s put within the heart that’s false, that may be curled and sprayed actually tight, which your pure hair wraps round, and it could actually look ahead to an extended time frame. As a result of when you’ve ever had your hair sprayed and curled with heat-styling instruments for 14 hours, you realize it may be very damaging.”

Like so many issues about Higher Name Saul, the ponytail is a lot greater than a coiffure — it’s full of which means and cautious thought. As Consequence’s 2022 TV Performer of the 12 months explains, designing her character’s signature look was a collaboration between herself, costume designer Jennifer Bryan, make-up artist Cheri Montesanto, and hair stylist Trish Almeida after conversations about “the working ladies that we grew up with, who actually have been attempting to get forward in enterprise and it was crucial to them to make it — they couldn’t take no for a solution.”

These ladies, Seehorn says, didn’t change their seems to be that usually, carrying the identical garments, carrying the identical purse, and carrying the identical earrings on daily basis. “And so they by no means modified their hair. They didn’t have time. In order that’s how we got here up with a ponytail, and it had a small curl as a result of we thought she wasn’t attempting to be masculine in a masculine world, however she additionally wasn’t going to place sexuality first. So we simply put this small curl in it.”

Over time, the ponytail itself took on a deeper significance. “It advanced into this factor with the writers, the place it turned a barometer of how she was feeling — of her unraveling or being tightly coiled. Then it simply turned this complete different character.”

Higher Name Saul (AMC)

The brilliance of Seehorn’s efficiency as Kim goes far past hairstyles, after all. In the course of the early days of Saul, Seehorn’s presence within the sequence was restricted — Kim has precisely two traces within the pilot. However, she says, “I didn’t have quite a lot of traces, however I used to be in quite a lot of pages — you realize, current in a scene the place she says little or no. I assumed, effectively, if any individual within the Higher Name Saul world doesn’t communicate quite a bit, you could have a alternative about whether or not that’s a place of energy or a place of weak point. And I assumed a type of is a greater storytelling gadget than the opposite on this case. And so I went with, ‘It’s a place of energy,’ and that began to dictate really how I made the whole character.”

And thus she started drawing Kim out of those context clues: “I assumed, if she’s that exact and financial in her language and there’s no fats to be trimmed there, then possibly she’s that method together with her physicality. And I acquired very nonetheless in taking part in her.”

A lot of Kim’s journey got here instantly from the scripts, Seehorn says. “With scripting this good, that’s so thought out and so exquisitely designed, there’s clues in all places.’”

Actually, an enormous side of the character’s journey, for Seehorn, got here out of 1 tiny second from the present’s fourth episode, “Hero,” written by Gennifer Hutchison. “Howard [played by Patrick Fabian] leaves the room, and Gennifer wrote within the script, ‘A small, barely perceptible smirk comes throughout Kim’s face when she’s alone.’ I beloved it, as a result of I had been pondering myself, there’s an attraction-repulsion together with his antics that Kim appears to have. I assumed it was far more complicated than, like, she beloved a nasty man. To me, that’s over in a single episode, who cares?”

Rhea Seehorn 2022 TV Performer of the Year

“A small, barely perceptible smirk,” from Higher Name Saul (AMC)

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