Julia Garner and Juno Temple "act like real twentysomethings, which is to say sometimes they seem a whole lot younger and more immature than their years," says Heather Schwedel. "They also both affect accents for the parts, filling their speech with California uptalk similar to the mode of speaking one of the daughters’ real-life counterparts employed on the original podcast. These accents inevitably led to complaints on social media, which reek of a familiar bias: Uptalk is associated with young women, so it’s looked down upon, but one of the big themes of Dirty John is that young women are much stronger than they are often given credit for. The voices are deliberate—both actresses discussed them in a bonus episode of the Dirty John podcast about the making of the TV show—and strike me as perfect for their characters, whose young, feminine, and privileged markers function as a kind of decoy for the ultimate role they’ll play in the end." ALSO: Dirty John was a complicated tribute to female strength.
TOPICS: Dirty John, Bravo, Julia Garner, Juno Temple