‘Dirty John’ Star Juno Temple on Finale’s ‘Absolutely Brilliant’ Uber Car Chase (Video)

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(Warning: This post contains spoilers for Bravo’s “Dirty John” finale)

The finale of Bravo’s true-crime-podcast-turned-limited-series “Dirty John” aired Sunday, giving viewers the chilling conclusion to the fictionalized version of the tale of Debra Newell (Connie Britton) and the con man who seduced her and tormented her family, John Meehan (Eric Bana).

While the eight-episode season ended with many a frightening and dramatic moment, there was at least one funny bit that sticks out from an otherwise intense finale: a car chase Debra’s daughter, Veronica (Juno Temple), gets in with John — while sitting in the back of an Uber.

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“When I read that I was like, ‘This is absolutely brilliant that I’m doing an Uber car chase right now,’” Temple told TheWrap in an interview last week.

Veronica is using the ride-share service to get home after a night on the town when she notices John parked outside her house, and as soon as he tries to zoom off she orders her driver to follow him all the way to her little sister Terra’s (Julia Garner) house.

“I don’t have a driver’s license, so I don’t know if that was put in there for that, because it’s probably easier than a process trailer,” Temple said. “But I also think, in today’s society, [with] how much everyone depends on Uber, it just makes it so funny that she’s in her night-out party frock in an Uber and this poor guy that’s roped into this situation, you know? I thought it was genius.”

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She then camps out at her sister’s apartment complex all night — and ropes the guy into staying with her.

“It also, I think, heightens that ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ [part]. You know she’s in a glitter dress and like, ‘I’m going to protect my sister,’” Temple said.

When it comes to the more serious moments in the finale — like how Terra is attacked by John in a parking lot and must kill him in self defense, just as the real Terra Newell did — Temple says she didn’t talk to the family about their experience to draw upon for her performance.

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“I’m not quite sure how one would broach that question with the family you know?” Temple said. “And I think in that moment for me I thought about what it would be if I was with my family and how that would feel, you know? Because I think everyone can relate to the idea of being worried about a family member and also being proud and truly dumbfounded.”

Watch the interview above and hear Temple explain how the show ends in an “life imitating art imitating life” way.

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The finale of Bravo’s “Dirty John” airs Sunday night, wrapping up the on-screen version of the real-life story of John Meehan (Eric Bana), the con man who wooed and deceived Newport Beach interior designer Debra Newell (Connie Britton). You know, the story made infamous by the Los Angeles Times true-crime podcast.

TheWrap spoke with Juno Temple — who plays Debra’s very suspicious daughter, Veronica — this week about where her character is at mentally, as both the fictional Newells and viewers at home see how this tale ends.

“I think she is worried,” Temple said, in the interview above. “I think she’s pretty frightened for her mum. And I think she’s frustrated. I think she feels a little betrayed and also I think Veronica is someone who knows she’s right. So she feels a kind of, ‘You know I’m right, because I’m always right.’ I think she has that attitude, you know? But I think also, even she has been surprised by what information has come out about John and that the more she’s dug the more really dark stuff she’s found out.”

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Temple told TheWrap that Veronica, who has been wary of John from Day 1, “takes no prisoners” and is ready to protect her mother at all costs. And let’s not forget John is pretty weird with Veronica, too.

“There’s the later moment where she’s at her safe and he says, you know, ‘What’s in the safe, kiddo?’ Which is a weird invasion of privacy, you know?” Temple said. “And also ‘kiddo,’ I think that’s a moment of, first and foremost I’m an adult, and secondly, ‘You’re nowhere even close to my father, so I don’t know who you think you are or why you think you can act that way in this house.’”

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Last Sunday’s “Dirty John” was the most-watched episode of the series so far, with 3 million total viewers, making it Bravo’s most-watched scripted series telecast ever, according Nielsen’s “Live + 3 Day” data.

Watch our interview with Temple above.

“Dirty John” season finale airs Sunday, Jan. 13 at 10/9c on Bravo.

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‘Dirty John’: Eric Bana on ‘Delicate Calibration’ of John, His Charming (Yet Creepy) Con Man

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Eric Bana knows he’s playing a very unlikeable guy on Bravo’s “Dirty John,” a new limited series based on the Los Angeles Times true-crime podcast of the same name.

But he also knows it’s his job to make you — and Connie Britton’s Debra Newell — like the unlikeable John Meehan as much as possible. Or at least to perfect the “delicate calibration” of a version of him that was “not something you’d wanna turn off after the first 30 minutes.”

On the TV adaptation of “Dirty John,” Debra is smitten with the charismatic — yet creepy — John, just like the real-life Newport Beach, California, interior designer was with the real-life con man.

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Their fast-tracked romance frightens Debra’s two daughters Terra (Julia Garner) and Veronica (Juno Temple), prompting the girls to investigate the man who is wooing their mother. But try as they might, Debra does not heed their warnings until it’s almost too late. That’s mostly because he works so hard to be charming — even while he’s freaking her out — as did Bana while creating the character.

“Because, ultimately, if we don’t buy and believe Debra’s attachment to him, we’re dead. So we were constantly making that our priority,” Bana told TheWrap.

The actor says there was a sense of “freedom” that he got from “Dirty John” director Jeffrey Reiner to craft his con man.

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“We worked really, really well together and we were really open to exploring John,” Bana said. “And I wasn’t as overly interested in him, per se, as I was in his personality type and the type of creature that that sort of person is. So that was a challenge.”

“And then it was a case of trying to calibrate the level of deceit to this character, how much to that character, how much do you hide from the audience,” he added. “That was a delicate calibration from myself and Jeff.”

While John is certainly a “challenge to play,” there wasn’t really anything Bana liked about John, except how much of a mystery he is.

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“I didn’t waste time trying to empathize with him,” Bana said. “I didn’t waste time trying to find all the bits about him that I liked or didn’t like. I just really try to focus on him being believable. But I liked the sense of mystery, because I think what makes us intrigued by those kinds of characters is that we don’t really know them.”

“The more we don’t really know a a character, they become more interesting to us,” he added. “When we know someone 100 percent inside and out, we know where we stand with them, we know how they are gonna behave, that’s a lot less interesting. And I knew John was a really great opportunity at a very, very mysterious person who doesn’t play by the rules, and who societal norms don’t apply to.”

“Dirty John” premieres Sunday, Nov. 25 at 10/9c on Bravo.

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“Dirty John’s” Debra Newell is dating a very bad man — a fact that viewers should pick up on by the end of the first episode of the new Bravo series, starring Connie Britton and Eric Bana, this Sunday.

Unless, that is, you’ve already listened to the Los Angeles Times podcast the drama is based on, in which case you know going into the premiere that John Meehan (Bana) is a con man, if ever there was one.

Debra’s (played by Britton) daughters (Julia Garner and Juno Temple) are nervous because their mom is so deeply in love (maybe lust?) with this mysterious doctor (or a man we at least think is a physician at first) who is prone to some random outbursts and creepy tendencies, and they tell her as much over and over and over again.

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But the Newport Beach, California, interior designer doesn’t realize her new love is a danger to herself (and others) until it’s almost too late.

But how will viewers accept that Debra is either oblivious to all the red flags or just completely ignoring them? Britton told TheWrap that she and the “Dirty John” team were concerned about that aspect and faced the “challenge” head on from the start.

“That’s a really, really interesting point and definitely a tricky one in terms of how we adapted the story to the screen,” Britton told TheWrap in an interview Monday. “I had a lot of conversations with our director [Jeffrey Reiner] and with our showrunner [Alexandra Cunningham] about how. We did a lot of brainstorming about how to try to do that and not just have it be so obvious that this guy is a bad guy. Because then there’s really nowhere to go.”

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“And the truth of the matter is, at least for me, one of the most important aspects of the story is that this could happen to anyone and, in fact, depending on your point of view, I would argue that we have a country at the moment that’s under the influence of a con man,” Britton continued. “So it’s really, really easy to let this happen, and hindsight is always 20/20. So the challenge is to find the way to tell the story where you’re not already immediately saying, ‘What is she doing? Why doesn’t she walk away from this guy?’ And were we successful at doing that? Maybe sometimes yes, but maybe sometimes no. I think that was the challenge of the storytelling.”

Read more from TheWrap’s interview with Britton below, and find out if (and when) she’ll be returning to Ryan Murphy’s “9-1-1” or “American Horror Story” here.

“Dirty John” premieres Sunday at 10/9c on Bravo.

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TheWrap: Were you a fan of the podcast when it first came out or did you listen to it later as preparation for the show?

Connie Britton: I listened to it later. But it was sort of a funny convergence of events, because I had just been with a group of friends who were talking obsessively about this podcast, which I had not listened to and they were actually sort of teasing me cause they were like, “Oh, we know you are never going to listen to this.” Because I don’t listen to anything because I’m a luddite. Then, like, two days later my agent sends me an email, “Have you heard of this podcast? They are thinking of turning it into a TV show.” And I was — it was one of those things where I sort of had shivers go down my spine. I was very excited. So he immediately sent both the L.A. Times articles and the podcast to me and I, that same night, read the articles and listened to the podcast. So I was immediately pulled in once I heard it. But I was already intrigued even before that, because I could see that it was already a story that was bringing up a lot of conversation and felt really relevant and interesting for this period of time.

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What was your initial reaction to the story when you finished it?

I had two reactions. The first one was as I was listening, this prevailing chill about listening to a story of a con man and how easy it is to be conned and to fall into the clutches of someone like this. And it felt really relevant right now. It feels really relevant at this time in our country. And then the second thing was really about Debra and how the other thing that I think is happening right now culturally, in terms of the #MeToo movement, is this self-reflection among women of the things that have shaped us. And, really, reflection amongst both women and men in terms of how both genders are shaped by the culture and sometimes very old belief systems of how we’re supposed to relate to each other, how we’re supposed to value ourselves, how we’re supposed to think about each other. And I thought there were so many elements of the story where you can really see how she had been shaped by things in her culture, her environment, things in her family, things from her religious belief system — all of these things that contributed to the woman that she is today and the choices that she’s made.

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Just watching the first few episodes, it’s very difficult as the audience to watch it and know that something horrible is going on and this is a bad idea and not scream at the TV and tell Debra she needs to end this immediately. So was it frustrating to act out? It’s such a slow burn and there are so many times already where you wonder, “Why is she not ending this?” especially with the daughters chiming in all the time. How did you try to keep that from totally taking over the viewer’s experience?

That’s a really, really interesting point and definitely a tricky one in terms of how we adapted the story to the screen. I had a lot of conversations with our director [Jeffrey Reiner] and with our showrunner [Alexandra Cunningham] about how. We did a lot of brainstorming about how to try to do that and not just have it be so obvious that this guy is a bad guy. Because then there’s really nowhere to go. And the truth of the matter is, at least for me, one of the most important aspects of the story is that this could happen to anyone and, in fact, depending on your point of view, I would argue that we have a country at the moment that’s under the influence of a con man. So it’s really, really easy to let this happen, and hindsight is always 20/20. So the challenge is to find the way to tell the story where you’re not already immediately saying, “What is she doing? Why doesn’t she walk away from this guy?” And were we successful at doing that? Maybe sometimes yes, but maybe sometimes no. I think that was the challenge of the storytelling.

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John and Debra’s story is supposed to wrap up in Season 1, but there will be a Season 2 that focuses on a different story, correct? Would you be involved in a different role?

I actually haven’t even really had a conversation about that. But that is going to be completely different story.

How do you think fans of the podcast — and those who haven’t listened to the podcast — will react to the ending when it airs? Because this all comes to a head in a very scary and big way.

It does and I think the twist at the end is just so unexpected, and my hope all along is that people will be sparked to conversation through all of it. And I’m sure the end is going to bring about some interesting reactions, as well. So it will be interesting to see how that all plays out.

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Back to Murphyland? Connie Britton Tells Us If She’ll Return to ‘9-1-1’ or ‘American Horror Story’

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Connie Britton is a very busy woman these days. “Dirty John,” the actress’ new Bravo series with co-star Eric Bana, premieres this Sunday and she was also recently cast in the upcoming Roger Ailes movie, alongside Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman. But that doesn’t mean she can’t make time to re-team with prolific producer Ryan Murphy — one day.

Though don’t hold your breath for her immediate returns to Fox’s “9-1-1” or FX’s “American Horror Story” anytime soon.

It’s always possible!” Britton told TheWrap of coming back to either series during a recent interview, while promoting her upcoming Bravo drama, based on the podcast of the same name. It’s always possible. And, you know, in the world of Ryan Murphy I’m usually pretty quick to say yes, because I adore him and I adore working with and he always puts together such a great group of people. So we shall see (laughs).”

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While Britton hasn’t been seen on Murphy’s “9-1-1” since her character Abby headed off to travel the world on the Season 1 finale — with Jennifer Love Hewitt stepping in as the new leading lady for the show’s sophomore year — she did come back to reprise her “Murder House” role of Vivien Harmon for the recently-wrapped eighth season of “AHS.” (As TheWrap exclusively reported she would, back in August.)

However, she hasn’t gotten around to viewing the final cut of the episode — which played an integral part in the “AHS: Apocalypse” “Murder House”-“Coven” crossover storyline.

“I am horrified to say that I haven’t even seen the episode (laughs)!” Because I’ve just been so busy working, which is usually the case for me. I’m a terrible TV watcher because I’m pretty much always working and if I’m not working, I’m hanging out with my son. And in the case of ‘American Horror Story’ it’s so hard for me to watch that show anyway, because it’s just so damn scary.”

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The installment, which saw the return of not just Britton, but franchise alums Jessica Lange and Dylan McDermott as well, was also a special one because it was series star Sarah Paulson’s directorial debut. Which is one of the main reasons Britton is going to get around to watching it — eventually.

“But I do want to watch my episode, mostly not for me, but because it was so fun being back in that house and the fact that Sarah Paulson directed it. She did such a wonderful job,” Britton said. “I think that girl’s gonna go places (laughs)!  I think she did a really good job. So I want to see it because I think she did such a good job.”

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Baby, can’t you see? Connie Britton is falling! And that’s a really bad thing, because Eric Bana seems like a really bad dude in this newly-released trailer for Bravo’s upcoming limited series “Dirty John.”

In the almost two-minute teaser for the true-crime-podcast-turned-thriller-TV-show, Britton’s Debra Newell is smitten with Bana’s John Meehan. And, of course, we know this is all going to go to hell cause the trailer is set to a haunting cover of Britney Spears’ “Toxic.”

The Newport Beach, California, interior designer’s daughters (Julia Garner and Juno Temple) are nervous their mom is so deeply in love (maybe lust?) with this mysterious doctor who is prone to some random outbursts and creepy tendencies.

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And if you followed the LA Times podcast this is based on, well then, you already know how this story ends.

Here’s the official description for Bravo’s “Dirty John”:

Based on the articles and breakout true crime podcast from Los Angeles Times reporter Christopher Goffard, Bravo’s scripted event series “Dirty John” tells the true story of how a romance between Debra Newell (Connie Britton) and the charismatic John Meehan (Eric Bana) spiraled into secrets, denial, manipulation, and ultimately, a fight for survival for an entire family. Their fast-tracked romance creates tension between Debra and her two daughters Terra (Julia Garner) and Veronica (Juno Temple), leaving the girls no choice but to investigate the man who has swept their mother off her feet, while the backstory of Debra and her mother Arlane (Jean Smart) provides insight into why Debra was so vulnerable to John in the first place.

Watch the trailer above.

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‘Dirty John’: Bravo Unveils New Trailer & Premiere Date

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