If there’s one thing that has us even more excited for The Sinner’s second season than the first, it’s the addition of Carrie Coon -- an Emmy nominee for FX and Noah Hawley’s Fargo and an all-around stalwart of prestige drama for the last several years. She stars alongside Bill Pullman’s Detective Ambrose as the mysterious Vera, who somehow fits into the central murder in ways we’re yet to fathom. And she’s more than just a dynamo actress; we break down six of the coolest things to know about Coon below.
She was a late bloomer (by Hollywood standards).
A veteran of the Chicago stage via the legendary Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Coon didn’t get her big break onscreen until age 33! Now, that age is of course nothing to turn your nose up at, but she’s just a living example of the ways that patience, meticulous practice, and mastery of a craft can lead to unforeseen successes. It was her scene-stealing supporting turn as Margo Dunne in David Fincher’s Gone Girl and her beloved Nora Durst on The Leftovers that first put her on the map with HBO.
She’s been a stalwart of prestige TV ever since.
In the four years since her breakout on Damon Lindelof’s The Leftovers, Coon also starred -- and earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie -- for her role in Fargo Season 3 as chief of police Gloria Burgle. Coon has since popped up in Steven Spielberg’s deep-seated ensemble for The Post (and is gifted one of the most emotionally satisfying climaxes of the film) -- plus she made her Marvel Universe debut earlier this year (more on that later)—but she returns to the prestige drama sphere with The Sinner, and we have a feeling that’s right where she belongs.
She played a Marvel villain -- while pregnant!
Comic and Leftovers fans celebrated in unison earlier this year when it was revealed that Coon would be playing Proxima Midnight of the Black Order in Avengers: Infinity War. While Coon has said that the role was mostly facial motion capture work (a return to form for Coon, who previously did substantial amounts of mo-cap for video games) while her actual form was computer generated, it’s still a reliably stellar -- and sinister -- voice performance. (And how cool is it that she has action figures of herself now?)
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Coon met her now-husband -- and The Sinner co-star -- Tracy Letts while co-starring in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Sparks certainly fly in the Edward Albee classic, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, but they’re typically seen as the kind that burn, not ignite a romance. Such was not the case for Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright and actor Tracy Letts and Coon, who co-starred in the 2012 Broadway and Steppenwolf revival of the play, fell in love, and have since married and had a son, Haskell Letts.
Letts and Coon have QUITE the wedding story.
To hear Coon tell the story, it was unexpectedly Letts who wore an over-the-shoulder gown to their haphazard nuptials. You see, in the state of Illinois, once you’re registered to marry, you have 60 days to actually go forward with the ceremony, otherwise the registration expires and you have to start all over. Coon knew this, but due to shooting schedules on various projects between the two of them, they’d made it to day 59 without tying the knot. While Letts and Coon had planned on marrying the next day, Letts wasn’t feeling too well, ended up in the hospital, and had emergency gall bladder removal. They missed the 60-day mark. But what they ended up doing, Coon admitted in an interview on Late Night With Seth Meyers, was finding a hospital chaplain and getting the ceremony over with right in the hospital room, while Letts was still drugged up on pain medication and in bed. At least they can say it was memorable!
Coon thrives on ambiguity.
In that same interview with Seth Meyers, it was pointed out that The Leftovers and Fargo -- not to mention the tragic end of Infinity War -- all ended on notes of ambiguity. When asked for her read on these endings (and coining herself as “Captain Ambiguity!”), Coon simply asked, “Who cares what I think?” To her, she says, “What’s important is not the experience I have, it’s the experience that you have ,and I wouldn’t want to rob anybody of that moment of sitting with what happens in those shows and thinking about for themselves what they believe, because what it does is it reveals more about you than it does about me.” She’s clearly an actor who thinks a lot about and takes pride in her work and in the projects she chooses to do -- and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for The Sinner later this summer!
The Sinner, starring Bill Pullman and Carrie Coon, premieres August 1 on USA! Watch the first installment with Emmy nominee Jessica Biel, now streaming on Netflix.