When Lou (Kiernan Shipka) starts her internship for Joyce, she seems like a naïve Hollywood newcomer. In truth, Lou has been obsessed with Joyce (Diane Kruger) for a long time and will do anything to get close to her… even kill.
In character, Kruger is all ice and decisiveness, doing what it takes to ascend to the head of her studio. Shipka, far more capable and aware of her surroundings than she lets on, matches her step by step.
“They’ll both do what it takes to get ahead, I think that’s something most people in Hollywood — to a certain extent — can identify with. What drew me to the to the role was this injection that Kathleen did of vulnerability, because [my character] thinks she can control everything in her life.”
Roku viewers will see how far that goes come April. The series costars Donald Sutherland, Thomas Dekker, Finn Jones, Erika Alexander, Ross Butler and Gerardo Celasco. Tucker Gates directed. Chris Cowles, Liz Destro, Stephen Israel, Jay Cohen and Dana Brunetti served as executive producers. “Swimming With Sharks” was created in partnership with Lionsgate Television.