I found her one of the most compelling characters in Tom [Perrotta]’s book. Probably, partly because I’m a woman, but also because she has this sense of humor. Tom has a great sense of humor. He writes great satire, and Nora Durst, even in Tom’s book, had this really interesting outlook that was laced with this sort of sardonic sense of humor — which is something that I possess and relate to and is very much in my family’s ethos. So I connected with her immediately. It was a show on HBO and it was an unconventionally written character. I wasn’t actually playing a wife and mother, I was playing somebody who was not those things anymore. Which is the opposite of what I’m generally asked to audition for.
— Carrie Coon on Nora Durst