Abigail Spencer Q&A: ‘Rectify’
“I don’t know if I’ve said goodbye yet,” says Abigail Spencer about ending her run as Amantha Holden on the critically acclaimed SundanceTV drama “Rectify,” which concluded last fall after four seasons. “There’s a process of grieving a character that you’ve lived with and is part of your soul. I think Amantha has become so much a part of me.” Watch our exclusive video interview with Spencer above.
Amantha’s older brother Daniel Holden (Aden Young) was convicted of murder as a teenager and then spent the next 20 years on death row before new evidence led to his release — but not necessarily his exoneration. So Amantha spent the better part of her life trying to clear his name, so much so that she put her own life on the back burner. At the end of the series, we still don’t know with certainty if Daniel is innocent, but Spencer feels that the show leaves its characters in a “hopeful” place. “At the end of the day, that’s not what the show is about, if he did or didn’t do it. It’s the emotional journey.”
That journey is all about reconciling with the past. “She really gets a lot of peace,” says Spencer about Amantha’s story arc in the final season. “When I think about the show, everyone is just trying to find some modicum of peace in whatever way that is for them.” Amantha even gets a pivotal speech in the series finale that echoes the show’s title. For decades the character had fought to “take something that is broken and fix it, to make something new, to resurrect. There’s all different ways you can look at what ‘rectify’ means — to make something right,” Spencer explains, but ultimately Amantha comes to accept that “nothing can rectify this … It was a beautiful place to get her to.”