Guest: Carrie Coon & Jennifer L. Barnes
Carrie Coon burst onto the scene in 2014 with two remarkable performances in David Fincher’s Gone Girl and HBO’s The Leftovers. We are honored to speak with her!
How would you react if 2% of the world’s population suddenly disappeared, including your husband and two children? This is the premise for Carrie Coon’s character Nora Durst on the hit HBO show The Leftovers, now in its second season. The show is co-created by Lost’s Damon Lindelof and the author of the novel, Tom Perrotta.
We speak to actress Carrie Coon about her work on The Leftovers and what season two will bring for her character, what it was like to work with David Fincher on the psychological thriller Gone Girl and how the roles for women on television are evolving.
Then we ask the question – can watching television increase your emotional intelligence? New research shows that watching award-winning television shows, such as Mad Men, Lost, The Good Wife or The West Wing, can increase our ability to read emotion and to empathize. We speak to Professor of Psychology Jennifer L. Barnes to find out what this research means for avid viewers like us.
Host/Producer: Christina Jeurling Birro
Producer: Renee Viterstedt
Editor: Tom Hansen
Theme Song: Carl Borg
Carrie Coon is a theater, television, and film actress who was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in the 2012 revival of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. In 2014, she began starring as Nora Durst in the HBO drama series, The Leftovers, and appeared in the David Fincher’s Gone Girl.
Jennifer L. Barnes is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Oklahoma. Along with graduate student Jessica Black, they are the authors behind the research study “Fiction and Social Cognition: The Effect of Viewing Award-Winning Television Dramas on Theory of Mind”. The research results suggest that film narratives, as well as written narratives, may facilitate the understanding of others’ minds and in turn raise emotional intelligence.