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‘Gemstones’ star Edi Patterson loves to blast character’s rage

The Righteous Gemstones | Sunday, 10 p.m., HBO Southern megachurch secretary Judy Gemstone has good reason to come unhinged in “The Righteous Gemstones.” Played with a scene-stealing simmer by Edi Patterson, she craves respect but is demeaned by her prosperity gospel-preaching brothers, Jesse (Danny McBride) and Kelvin (Adam Devine). Patterson says she holds back in her portrayal — but only a little. “Sometimes I have a bit of a restraint because frustration feels different than absolutely letting it rip,” said the Texas native. “But it’s really fun to play someone who wants something with a white-hot, almost angry passion.” The power dynamic could be a winner for HBO: Last Sunday’s first episode was the network’s ...
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