In Hulu’s new series The Path (out March 30), you’ll see a familiar figure from stage and screen appear. Above and below, see exclusive photos of Tony- and Oscar-nominated actress Kathleen Turner, who pops up in episode 3 to play Brenda Roberts, mother to Hugh Dancy’s character, Cal.
“This was really one of the most amazing things,” says executive producer Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights). “I think it is one of the most amazing and gifted performances I’ve ever had on a show.”
The Path, starring Aaron Paul, Michelle Monaghan and Hugh Dancy, centers upon a family at the center of a controversial religious movement. Dancy plays Cal Roberts, the charismatic and enigmatic leader of said group, Meyerism, and when we’re introduced to his mother, audiences will start to understand a bit more of his complicated backstory. “This is one of the things I really love about what [creator] Jessica Goldberg does as a storyteller,” Katims says. “When you meet [Turner], you understand the sort of mess his childhood was and why he became a part of this movement.”
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Casting Turner came about when one of the producer/directors on the show, Michael Weaver, read the script. “He said, ‘You know, I can’t keep Kathleen Turner out of my mind for this role.’ One of the things that often happen when you go after a big name to cast is that it’s something that is a process that can go on for weeks and weeks and ends in disappointment. We thought this was the perfect role and she apparently agreed. It happened very easily,” he says. “It was an amazing experience.”
It was a thrill for the cast members of The Path, too. Says Dancy, “It was a very good day when they told me that Kathleen Turner was going to be my mom,” he says. “Very.”
The Path begins streaming March 30 on Hulu.