Put on a happy face! Amber Tamblyn has opened up about the devilish duo that inspired her character on Y: The Last Man, FX on Hulu’s new series following the annihilation of nearly the entire male species. In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, Tamblyn dropped the names of the two American icons that inspired her role, Kimberly Campbell Cunningham: those would be the Joker and Meghan McCain, of course. A match made in…hell, perhaps?
“I pulled from Meghan [and] I pulled elements from a lot of different kinds of women for this character,” the actress told ET. “Even though he’s not a woman, I pulled from the Joker for some of her looks.”
Tamblyn said that McCain was a natural choice, as she views Kimberly’s late father, President Ted Campbell, as a “John McCain type.” The show’s event kills off her father, along with her husband and three sons — and Tamblyn says that the trauma only drives her character further into right-wing politics.
“Kimberly’s entire identity has been built on her relationship to her three sons, to her husband, certainly to her father and his access to power,” Tamblyn said. “She writes a lot about how modern-day feminism in the modern-day world is destroying the lives of our young boys and not allowing them to become who they are meant to be. So the evaporation of your identity on that scale, all of a sudden not having any of those people or that perspective in your life anymore, leaves quite a shell of a woman.”
FX’s description of Kimberly certainly lends itself to these comparisons to Meghan McCain’s persona. “A best-selling author and conservative personality, Kimberly would say her most important job is being a mother to three young boys,” the description reads. “The daughter of the President, Kimberly used her connections and political savvy to build a lifestyle brand around being a ‘boy mom.’”
On the show, Kimberly’s currently working to install a new President who will bring back the conservative world her father introduced. Teasing the next episode of the show, which will drop next Monday (Sept. 20), Tamblyn said, “Just you wait!”
New episodes of Y: The Last Man premiere to Hulu weekly on Mondays.