Michelle Monaghan Q&A: ‘True Detective’
Michelle Monaghan has a complex relationship with both of her leading men in HBO's "True Detective": Woody Harrelson as her philandering husband and Matthew McConaughey as his partner, whom she seduces in a last-ditch effort to escape her marriage. During our recent video chat, she explained how it felt to film such a "raw, explosive scene": "What a freedom, you know, to just be able to be naked with [McConaughey], and I don't necessarily mean that in the literal sense, but to be completely vulnerable and to feel safe in that environment, and we really did."
"We sort of looked at each other after rehearsals," she said about the day of shooting, "and he's like, 'Let's just go for it. Let's leave everything out on the table.' I think we high-fived each other."
That episode, "Haunted Houses," is the one she's most likely to submit to Emmy judges if nominated for Best Drama Supporting Actress; in addition to that emotionally charged scene with McConaughey, it also features her character in different time periods, which was part of the role's appeal for her: "It was an opportunity to really gauge this character on a much larger scale than I'd ever had the opportunity to do on film … I was really intrigued at the idea of then being able to see how this woman physically ages and emotionally ages over the course of 17 years."
HBO caused a stir when they decided to enter "True Detective" as a drama at the Emmys, while other anthology series like "Fargo" and "American Horror Story" are categorized as miniseries, but Monaghan thinks it's a better fit for the crime drama. She explained, "I don't think 'True Detective' is a miniseries because it's a series that's going to be coming back next year, so I don't think it was really any surprise."