It’s hard to find a nicer character on television than Judy (Linda Cardellini) on Dead to Me, but her effervescent personality hides darker secrets, namely that she’s responsible for the death of her best friend’s husband, the catalytic event that caused them to meet. As the show has evolved over the course of three seasons, Judy has only become more complex and layered, portrayed with warmth and depth by Cardellini.
Awards Radar had the chance to speak with Cardellini, who delineated the differences between Judy and herself while lamenting how much she misses the show:
“I’m more of an overthinker. She might be an underthinker at times, in situations. She’s more spontaneous about things, for sure. But it’s just such a delicious character. The things that I was given to do, that was just such an incredible role. I miss being able to play this person who makes the world’s worst decisions with her heart in the best place, and overcoming all of that, and having this wonderful friendship with Christina. Jen and Judy being together, I miss all of that stuff.”
On whether this show might be continued or rebooted in the future:
“There’s only so many people you can accidentally kill before you get thrown in jail. I always joked around that they’d find a time capsule, and it was some kind of thing that Jen and Judy did that no one else knew about but they put a time capsule in there. I kept pitching that to Liz, but nobody ever went for it. I just thought it would be fun to see one lost adventure. But I do think there’s something to be said about a show that goes out on its own terms. Freaks and Geeks was like that. We knew we were probably going to get cancelled, and Judd and Paul and all the creative powers that be prepared for it, and that show lives from episode one to eighteen in its own way. It’s finished in its own way, and I think that’s what’s really nice about this show too. It went out exactly as Liz, the creator, wanted it to, and I think there’s something to be said about that art being able to be finished.”
Watch the full conversation below.
Dead to Me is available to stream on Netflix.