Netflix have this week revealed four first look images of their upcoming psychological thriller series Gypsy, created by Lisa Rubin. In 10 parts, the show will tell the story of Jean Halloway (Naomi Watts); a therapist who begins to work her way into the lives of the people who are closest with her patients, building illicit and at times intimate relationships with them.
Consistently moving beyond the invisible lines that are set out by her profession, she puts her personal life in jeopardy, but finds herself in deep.
Watts stars alongside Billy Crudup, Sophie Cookson, Lucy Boynton, Karl Glusman, Melanie Liburd, Poorna Jagganthan and Brenda Vaccaro, with Sam Taylor-Johnson in the Director’s Chair for the first two episodes of the series.
Speaking to EW about the role, Watts said: “I find an identity crisis a fascinating subject. I grew up in a world where I was moving around a lot as a kid. When you physically move into a new environment, you have to reshape your identity in order to feel comfortable, so I think I understand that exploration of one’s identity. I always wanted, as a kid, to be someone else, anyone but myself… That’s a hard thing to admit to, but that’s how I grew up.”
She adds: “Before she [the character] knows it, she’s creating another identity, and it feels like a cautionary tale. We can all live with our fantasies, but she’s acting on them… That’s a hard thing to live with when the lies get bigger and deeper. I’m doing all the work for you. You can watch at home in your bed, in the safety and comfort of your normal life, and I’m living out this fantasy we’ve all possibly tapped into at one point or another, which is like, yeah, let me have this secret life.”
Creator Rubin also teased: “It’s a little bit of a roller coaster… It gets very twisted, very dark, and it’s very sexy. You think you’re with this character, and as things progress, the rug is pulled out, and it starts to move like a train.
“That’s part of the fun of it, to realise how psychologically twisted the show might be. You’re having fun with a character who, at times, you’re going to be totally on board with, and at times completely appalled by.”
Gypsy is expected to premiere on Netflix at some point later this year.