Clayne has agreed to answer fan questions so here’s your opportunity to ask! I don’t have all the details yet about how he’ll answer (video? on here? etc) but I will post when I know. Please keep your questions respectful. If we deem the question to be intrusive on his personal life, we’ll contact you but will not forward the question to him. So keep it clean folks and let them roll! Make sure to include your email address. It won’t show on the post but I will see it from the admin page. Otherwise I won’t be able to let you know how he’s going to answer!
Also, for anyone following @claynecrawford on Twitter – its not really him. That person hasn’t tweeted anything yet anyway but just wanted to let you know that its not him. He also said he doesn’t have a Facebook page. A far as I know there is only one ‘fan’ one in addition to ours and she states that it IS a fan & doesn’t claim to be him but if you see someone claiming to be him, its a fake. (2782)
I’ve updated the gallery and video gallery with the final two Rectify episodes for this season.
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I could pick any Rectify actor’s name out of a hat for TV Performer of the Week, and it would be more than well-earned. That’s not meant to be flippant, but rather to recognize that every single actor (in major and minor roles) has had an extraordinary turn on the show. Ray McKinnon’s Sundance series about a Georgia man, Daniel Holden, (Aden Young) who is released from Death Row after 19 years because of a DNA error is thoughtful, beautiful and difficult, and the Holden/Talbot family is made up of outstanding actors: J. Smith-Cameron, Bruce McKinnon, Abigail Spencer, Clayne Crawford, and Adelaide Clemens (with special mention to Sean Bridgers as Trey Willis). But there’s something about Crawford’s performance in this third season that has truly stood out even from this outstanding group.
The best word to associate with Rectify is “authentic.” Southerners have long been forced to watch too many terrible shows with terrible accents and tired (or just plain ignorant) stereotypes of small-town Southern life. But not only do the Holdens and Talbots feel knowable, but the (fictional) town of Paulie feels wholly familiar. Ray McKinnon’s scripts pick up a particular cadence of Southern speech, and the interactions he fashions — filled with repressed emotions and quiet glances — are hauntingly real.
No one in the cast embodies these elements though as fully as Clayne Crawford, who plays Teddy Jr., Daniel’s step-brother and occasional adversary. The two have had several encounters, including a haunting assault when Daniel choked him out and laid him unconscious on the floor of the tire store with coffee grounds in his behind. It was in that moment viewers really thought Daniel might have committed that crime so many years ago, and it was act that has resonated through three seasons now, and filtered through the family, shocking and confusing each in turn. Teddy and Daniel have also tussled over Daniel’s attraction to Teddy’s wife Tawney (Clemens), and worse for Teddy, her attraction back.
Sorry for the delay, I had some computer problems. But I’ve caught up on Rectify.
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The actor spoke with us about Teddy and Tawney’s future, Daniel’s guilt (or innocence), and why filming in Georgia is so important.
When you watch a series like Rectify, you become amazed that there simply isn’t anything like it on television right now. You can count off the procedurals that deal with unsolved murders or the family dramas that keep us coming back week after week, but it’s a truly rare occurrence to watch a series that takes so much time to develop the people we’ve come to care about over the course of however many seasons. When Rectify premiered in 2013, it was lauded for its deliberately slow and beautiful pacing; two seasons later, it continues to earn raves from fans and critics alike for its patience in exploring the repercussions of Daniel Holden’s release from prison and the effects on the Holden family and small town.
While it has been fascinating to see the continued evolution of everyone involved, I’ve found one of the most interesting transformations to watch has been that of Teddy, played by Clayne Crawford. Teddy started out the series as a seemingly content, Frat-boy-esque, presence amongst the Holden clan. He had the steady job, the sweet wife, and was generally at peace with his place in the world. With the release of his step-brother Daniel from prison, we’ve seen Teddy’s life get completely fractured. And regardless of Teddy’s original demeanor, Crawford’s amazing performance has turned a once unlikeable character into a fully-imagined individual for whom we feel incredible empathy. I spoke to Clayne last week about Teddy’s gradual change in perception, and where he thinks the character goes from here.
First of all, congratulations on the early season four renewal. That’s fantastic news!
Clayne: Thank you.
I’m really loving the new season so far. A lot of people praise the show for its pacing and its attention to character. What drew you to this project originally?
Clayne: Many things. I think it was the detail that Ray has with each individual character. I felt like I had a connection with everyone from the Sheriff all the way to Daniel. I didn’t feel that anyone was written in a typical role. Television kind of follows guidelines of you’re the protagonist , the lead character, the strong character, the sympathetic, the emotional. And I feel like Ray allows everyone to be human in this story. Meaning they wear different hats at different times depending on the situation that they find themselves in. I mean the individuals that they’re communicating with, at that time. I had not read anything like that. And then, of course, I felt that it depicted the south in a way that I’ve never seen before, an honest way.
Did you identify with Teddy as a character right off the bat?
Clayne: I grew up with Teddies, right? I knew Teddies when I was in high school. And I think being an athlete growing up and being in locker rooms with these guys and spending time with these individuals that you realize that they’re jerks, or they’re perceived as jerks, because of their own sadness and their own insecurities. And I feel like American television has depicted these guys as being these just boisterous, confident, with the big hair and kind of good looking guys with their polo shirts on, and we never really see who these guys are. And I felt like I could bring a certain honesty to Teddy that wasn’t necessarily on the page in the first script that I saw. Then after communicating with Ray, I realized that he kind of had the same intentions that I felt that I could bring to it as far as the way he wanted to depict Teddy.
I’ve updated the photo gallery as well as the video gallery with the first two episodes of Rectify’s Season 3. Hope you’re enjoying the season so far!
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