Here’s Who Inspired ‘Succession’ Star Zoe Winter’s Terrible News Anchor Impression

zoe smith in succession as Kerry Castellabate


Warning: This episode will contain spoilers for “Rehearsal” — Season 4, Episode 2 of HBO’s Succession.

While she’s been floating around since season two, Zoe Winters’ Succession character Kerry Castellabate has truly taken on a feature role in this final batch of episodes.

Now Logan Roy’s “friend/assistant/advisor”, Castellabate is rising up the ranks both in the world of Succession, as Logan is now trying to position her for a role as an anchor on ATN.

Unfortunately for Kerry, though, she isn’t very good, and the result becomes a recurring punchline throughout episode 2, “Rehearsal”.

During a recent interview with Variety, Winters detailed how she crafted Castellabate’s terrible on-camera charisma and revealed she crafted the mannerisms by watching the likes of Laura Ingraham and Tomi Lahren, two of the most notable female voices in conservative television programming.

“I watched a lot of Laura Ingraham when the camera cuts, mistreating people, getting different information in her ear than she is from the prompter,” Winters, 38 years old, told Variety during a recent interview.

“Tomi Lahren has this very loud, heightened, fast way of presenting. I just took little bits and pieces from conservative political commentators. I didn’t want her to be good. I wanted her to be trying.”

Given the way that Succession has elevated Winter’s character in recent episodes, it’s safe to assume that Kerry Castellabate will play a critical and potentially tragic role in the final eight hours of Succession.

The final season of Succession, which consists of ten episodes, will conclude on Sunday, May 28. In addition to Winters, the hit HBO drama series stars Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Sarah Snook, Kieran Culkin, Alan Ruck, Matthew Macfadyen, Nicholas Braun Alexander Skarsgård, Cherry Jones, Hope Davis, Justin Kirk, Stephen Root, J. Smith-Cameron, and more.

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