reacts to Sean Penn slapping her in a scene for . Roberts stars alongside Penn in the Starz limited series, as Martha Mitchell, the wife of John N. Mitchell, played by Penn, who was the US Attorney General under President Richard Nixon during the Watergate Scandal. The series focuses on Martha's inceptive and unprecedented comments on the government and Nixon's participation in the scandal, which has dire consequences on both herself and her husband. The show is created by Robbie Pickering and is executive produced by Sam Esmail, with whom Roberts worked with in the first season of . It also stars Dan Stevens, Shea Whigham, Betty Gilpin, Darby Camp, and Aleksandar Filimonović.
Both Roberts and who have had long careers in both film and television. Despite having decades of projects under their belts and having known each other for a long period of time, marks the first time they have shared the screen together. The political thriller series marks Roberts' return to the screen since 2018 when she starred in and the movie . Penn has since starred and directed the film , made brief appearances in and , and has recently visited Ukraine to film a documentary on the current Russian invasion.
Now, Roberts details in an interview with , what it was like working with Penn on, particularly on a fight scene where they both slap each other. Roberts admits that she was ""when Penn slapped her hard in the scene, calling it "" and "," but states that she and Penn have been known each other since she was a teenager, and were comfortable with each other for that to occur. Roberts' full account of the story can be viewed below:
When coordinating intense physical scenes, it is important to have a safe environment along with trust between the actors so everyone is on the same page. The balance between doing right by the scene and making sure nobody gets hurt is a subjective combination, so it is vital to have open communication as well as the commitment for the scene and the safety of others. Roberts acknowledges that the scene called for Penn's character to initiate the fight, which must have also put pressure on him since it would set up the atmosphere and tone for the rest of the scene.
But viewers and fans of the actors now have something to look forward to when premieres next week. in high-stakes situations, with Penn almost unrecognizable in the role of John N. Mitchell. It is no doubt that both actors will give memorable performances and it will be interesting to see the dark, untold stories of this couple during the dawn and the height of the Watergate scandal. The series premiere of airs on April 24 on Starz.