Hey, Emmy Voters, Sarah Goldberg Is Just as Vital to Barry as Everyone Else

TVGuide.com | 6/18/2019 | Liam Mathews
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All five of Barry's series regulars are Emmy-worthy. Two of them — Bill Hader and Henry Winkler — already have the hardware. Anthony Carrigan steals every scene he's in, and Stephen Root is doing some of the best work of his quietly extraordinary career. But this story isn't about these men. It's about Sarah Goldberg, who, with less fanfare than any of her co-stars, gave one of the year's best performances in Barry's second season.

Goldberg plays Sally Reed, Barry's acting classmate who becomes his girlfriend. Sally's defining characteristic is her narcissism. She's not a bad person, at least not compared to Barry or Fuches or even Cousineau, but her inability to see past herself keeps her from being actually good. She's too self-absorbed to notice the fact that her boyfriend is a hitman. And in Season 2, which was about characters trying and failing to change, the self-destructive nature of Sally's narcissism became depressingly evident through Hader & Co.'s artful writing and Goldberg's complex performance.

Course - Season - Others - End - Marriage

Over the course of the season, Sally struggled to be honest with herself and others about the end of her abusive marriage. She wrote an autobiographical scene for her and Barry to perform, but it was dishonest at first. She wrote herself as confronting her husband Sam (Joe Massingill) and leaving him after he choked her one night, but that wasn't what happened. What really happened was she left him in the middle of the night while he was asleep. But after meeting with Sam and seeing that he hadn't changed, she rewrote it to tell the truth. Her newfound artistic courage even inspired her to turn down a sexist TV role. It seemed like she was making progress as a person.

But when it came time to perform the scene in front of an audience, she...
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