For her part, Keough was intrigued by a female role that was different than most leading roles for women on television. “She’s complex, kind of flawed, and kind f**ked up,” Keough tells ET. “She did a lot of things that women shouldn’t do. That really interested me.”
As for insight into Christine’s sex work, the 26-year-old actress turned to creators Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz. The two built relationships with women who specialized in offering clients “girlfriend experience” (GFE) or ex-GFEs. “It opened up my eyes to the kind of sex worker that Christine is, which is somebody who is not coming from a victimized life,” Keough says. “It’s her choice. It’s something that she really enjoys.”
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“The women I was speaking to loved their job,” she continues, “and as far as I knew, sex was a terrible, oppressive situation.”
It’s the complete opposite of Keough’s previous experience on screen in George Miller’s reboot of the Mad Max series. In the film, she played Capable, one of five sex slaves and she worked with Vagina Monologues writer Eve Ensler to build the anger needed for the role.