Fargo Season 5 Interview: Juno Temple and Jennifer Jason Leigh on Being Nice in Minnesota

Midwestern crime drama fargo returns for season 5 and the FX show has returned to Minnesota. Originally inspired by the iconic Coen brothers film, Noah Hawley’s version fargo makes it an anthology season that features a different case and (mostly) different characters each year. Season 5 brings the story closer to the present, as it is set in 2019 and follows troubled housewife Dot Lyon (Ted Lasso‘s Juno Temple) while trying to keep his family together and evade his past.

Previous seasons featured legendary actors such as Billy Bob Thorton, Kristen Dunst, Ewan MacGregor and Chris Rock, and fargo The season 5 cast is equally notable. Joining Temple is Jennifer Jason Leigh as Lorraine Lyon, Dot’s mother-in-law whose success in the debt collection business hasn’t made her warmer to her hapless son Wayne (David Rysdahl) or her suspicious daughter-in-law. Jon Hamm also plays “constitutional law enforcement officer” Roy Tillman, who is on the hunt for Dot due to a shared history that will be revealed as the season progresses. Joe Keery, Lamorne Morris, Richa Moorjani, Dave Foley and Spruell complete the ensemble and create a season full of dark humor and gruesome crimes.

Screen Rant interviewed stars Juno Temple and Jennifer Jason Leigh about their matriarchal roles in fargo season 5, their excitement about working together, and their mutual admiration for creator Noah Hawley’s vision.

Juno Temple and Jennifer Jason Leigh talk about Fargo season 5

Screen Rant: I love it fargo, and you guys have been amazing so far in the episodes I’ve seen. I feel like anyone who’s anyone would obviously want to be in Fargo, but what drew you both to Minnesota?

Juno Temple: I remember the moment it became a possibility and entered my universe. First of all, I was incredibly excited and overwhelmingly nervous, which meant I also had to do it because I think nerves are the biggest challenge and they usually make you work very hard to try to do the best you can.

But I think there are big shoes to fill with the previous installments and the original film, with such extraordinary performances and such an exquisite dance with the language and tone of dark comedy that, yes, the thrill of being nervous and the thrill never goes away. But we also have Noah Hawley there to guide us, and Tom Bezucha is also in this installment, who was another great guiding force. Yes, so it was a privilege.

Jennifer Jason Leigh: Yes. I love Fargo so much. Of course, the original movie, and then every installment of Fargo, every episode of Fargo, I would just eat it up. The tone, the specificity. Just the stories, there are amazing things that just come out. They are all so different and I love them so much that I couldn’t even believe it was possible to be a part of it.

Juno Temple: I feel like I’m processing it right now doing this with you. In fact, we will be in the fifth installment. It’s like, “Oh my God.” It’s like he’s hitting me.

Jennifer Jason Leigh: It’s very surreal. Wow.

You two together on screen are so much fun. I loved seeing this battle of matriarchs, very different types of matriarchs. How do you both combine each other’s energy on set?

Juno Temple: I was so excited to work with Jennifer, I remember the first day she came and I remember choosing to sit next to you in the green room. Then just meeting someone who is so brilliant at what they do as a partner, wanting to talk about things with your characters on and off set, and also knowing each other personally means we could have gone to space and come back. again and they paired up with each other.

Because it’s not about matching each other, it’s about saying, “How does that feel?” I think it’s like holding hands through a journey of an extraordinary relationship between these two women throughout this installment.

Jennifer Jason Leigh: Yeah, and just the fun and joy of creating it together. Juno is so open, generous and lively. It’s just that you can’t help… You can’t even have a lot of things in your head because it will always take you back to the scene and back to reality. You are an incredible actress.

Juno Temple: We need to do more together.

Jennifer Jason Leigh: It’s just a pure pleasure.

Jennifer, I love Lorraine and the family dynamic is so fun to me. She seems to disdain her son and hate her daughter-in-law, but maybe her granddaughter likes her a little. What does she look like from your perspective?

Jennifer Jason Leigh: Yes. I think in his mind he loves them all. She is a great mom! But I do believe that her granddaughter understands her in some way and still has hope for her. And yes, I really love Lorraine as a character. She is really something. And I have to say, the dialogue is unlike anything she’s ever done before. It was really fun.

Juno, we get to see you be such a strong and fierce woman when it comes to self-preservation and protecting family, but it’s also almost balanced by the dream of being this carefree common-law couple.

Juno Temple: Minnesota Pleasant. [Laughs] I think they’re both part of it, right? It is the balance of knowing that both are within it. She’s a woman who loves being a wife, she loves having a home, she loves her daughter and she loves protecting her puppy, you know? And I think at the same time, throughout this installment, you’ll find out more about why she’s also very good at protecting outside things from getting into her safe place… her sanctuary with the people she loves. love more. And her past is starting to catch up with her, so she must take some extra precautions.

About Fargo Season 5

The latest installment of Fargo is set in Minnesota and North Dakota, 2019. After an unexpected series of events puts “Dorothy ‘Dot’ Lyon” (Juno Temple) in trouble with the authorities, this seemingly typical housewife from the The Midwest is suddenly plunged back into a life she thought she left behind. North Dakota Sheriff “Roy Tillman” (Jon Hamm) has been searching for Dot for a long time. Roy, a rancher, preacher, and constitutional lawman, believes that he is the law and therefore above the law. At his side is his loyal but irresponsible son, “Gator” (Joe Keery), who is desperate to prove himself to his grandiose father. He pities that he has no remedy. So when it comes to hunting down Dot, Roy recruits “Ole Munch” (Sam Spruell), a shadowy drifter of mysterious origin.

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The first two episodes of fargo Season 5 will premiere on November 21 on FX at 10 pm ET, with new episodes airing every Tuesday. Each will be available to stream the next day on Hulu.

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