Category: Kennedys: After Camelot

Katie Holmes, Matthew Perry take on ‘The Kennedys’ drama

The Boston Herald shared this interview with Katie & Matthew Perry on their new roles in The Kennedys: After Camelot.

LOS ANGELES — Katie Holmes came to “The Kennedys — After Camelot” as a veteran, having played first lady Jacqueline Kennedy in Reelz’s 2011 miniseries about the political family shadowed by tragedy. For Matthew Perry, the role of Edward Kennedy was a chance to stretch his acting muscles.

Both say “After Camelot” was as satisfying as they hoped. The four-hour drama, based on J. Randy Taraborrelli’s book, debuts 9-11 p.m. EDT Sunday on Reelz and concludes Sunday, April 9.

It follows the lives of Jackie Kennedy and those close to her after the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, which left her a widow with two young children. The killing of her brother-in-law, Robert F. Kennedy, her marriage to Greek magnate Aristotle Onassis and her 1994 death from cancer at age 64 are included.

“This goes even deeper into the inner workings of the family” than the first miniseries, Holmes said. “There’s a lot of things that are very tragic. But to me it’s very relatable to what a lot of people go through: death, raising kids, and just family dynamics.”

What doesn’t change is Jackie Kennedy’s look, which Holmes calls timeless.

“Jackie’s style has always been classic and very French. She didn’t have a lot of clothes. She just had nice clothing,” Holmes said. “She knew how to buy pieces, how to wear them. It was always appropriate, never too showy or ostentatious. That’s part of why she was so elegant and why we still do look at her style.”

U.S. Sen. Edward “Ted” Kennedy, her brother-in-law, wasn’t a fashion plate. But Perry said adopting his style and elements of his appearance was critical to portraying him as a young and older man. Kennedy died from cancer in 2009 at age 77.

“Sometimes in the same day I’d be 38 and then I’d be 67 and I’d be 43, and have to switch ages all day long,” Perry said. The wigs and facial prosthetics he donned proved “a very big helper in becoming Ted Kennedy on a daily basis.”

Suggesting Kennedy’s distinctive cadence was a challenge for Perry. But he said that was topped by the whipsawing of Kennedy’s life, including being overshadowed by his older brothers; his 1969 car crash that killed passenger Mary Jo Kopechne, and his subsequent rise to influential senior politician.

“He certainly wins the award for most improved Kennedy,” Perry said, who found satisfaction in playing him “in the screw-up years and the wonderful years.”

Holmes, with the advantage of reclaiming the role of Jackie Kennedy, added the task of directing episode three. Her other credits as director include last year’s big-screen film “All We Had.”

“It’s very freeing to have your own vision and see something from inception to completion,” she said, and rewarding to combine the talents of all involved.

How was it directing Perry? Holmes said he was “amazing” in the difficult re-enactment of the fatal accident on Massachusetts’ Chappaquiddick Island and “very patient with me.”

Perry returns the compliment: “You were great,” he said to Holmes.

The actor, who starred on the sitcom “Friends” for 10 seasons as Chandler Bing, says he tried to keep his sense of humor between taping even the darkest scenes for “After Camelot.” But the crew didn’t always respond to his wisecracks (“It was a very serious set”).

He remained true to quick-witted form when asked if he had anything to add about the drama.

“We’re currently developing it as an ice show. Katie, I know, is excited,” he said.

Katie Holmes Talks Reprising Jackie Kennedy Role After ‘Jackie’

Katie Holmes steps back into the role of Jackie Kennedy six years after she portrayed the iconic former first lady in the Reelz miniseries The Kennedys.

This time around, however, she has some competition in the form of Natalie Portman’s acclaimed portrayal in the awards contender Jackie.

Thankfully, Holmes says, there’s plenty of room for both.

“I think its really exciting. It’s just is a testament to how amazing Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was and how much she meant to our country,” Holmes told reporters Friday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour.

“I think Natalie did an incredible job, and I’m glad that we both have the opportunity to interpret this character and bring her to life. Although these projects are coming out close to the same time, ours is a different time period in Jackie’s life. You can see both and get something different.”

Bases on the New York Times best-seller After Camelot: Personal History of the Kennedy Family 1968 to the Present, the four-part mini picks up immediately following the assassination of Robert Kennedy and spans decades, ending with John Kennedy Jr. getting on the plane that would eventually crash into the Atlantic in 1999, killing him, his wife and a close friend also on board.

“It was a bigger challenge because in this series she’s going through so many different things,” Holmes said of the longer time frame.

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Katie Holmes and Matthew Perry Dive Further Into the Kennedys’ Tragedies in ‘After Camelot’

Entertainment Tonight gives us our first look of The Kennedys: After Camelot.

Katie Holmes makes another striking transformation into Jaqueline Kennedy for The Kennedys sequel, The Kennedys: After Camelot, and this time she’s joined by Matthew Perry.

The new miniseries picks up where the last one left off after the assassination of Robert Kennedy in the late ’60s. Perry plays Senator Ted Kennedy with the help of a prosthetic nose, who is fighting the Chappaquiddick scandal in the series. The highly publicized incident took place on July 18, 1969 when a vehicle that Ted was driving veered into a body of water. Campaign worker Mary Jo Kopechne, 28, reportedly drown in the accident, while Ted swam to safety.

This is just one of the many family sagas that get examined in the series, after the original stirred up controversy for its unflinching look at the lives of one of America’s most prominent political families.

The four-hour series also delves into Jackie Kennedy’s second marriage to billionaire, Aristotle Onassis and the tragic love story between John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette.

Holmes last played Jackie O. in 2011, and ET was with her at The Kennedys premiere.

“As exciting as it was, it was daunting because she was loved by so many,” Holmes explained to ET at the time. “So you walk into a situation trying your best, but everybody has their idea of who she was and so you’re never going to please everyone.”

Despite the five-year hiatus, Holmes comfortably slips back into the role, baring a striking resemblance to the former first lady in photos from the set that were released in June.

In the pics, Holmes is in full character for a wedding scene, reenacting Jackie O.’s 1968 nuptials with Onassis.