Meet the woman set to play Arlane Hart in Bravo's upcoming Dirty John anthology series, based on the true crime podcast of the same name. Jean Smart has been cast to play the mother of Connie Britton's character, Debra Newell, a single mother and interior designer who falls for "Dirty John" aka John Meehan. As previously announced, Dirty John himself will be played by Eric Bana. Jean will have a recurring role on the series, which reunites her with Eric, who she has previously worked with on Lucky You.
Jean has won three Emmy Awards and been nominated five additional times for her work on the small screen in projects Fargo, Harry’s Law, Frasier, The District, 24, and Samantha Who. She's also worked on films, including Sweet Home Alabama, Garden State, and I Heart Huckabees, among others.
Earlier this year, Bravo greenlit a a two-season, straight-to-series order for the scripted show based on articles and the popular podcast Dirty John from Los Angeles Times reporter Christopher Goffard. The podcast launched in October 2017 and took a closer look at how Newell's romantic relationship with Meehan turned into a dark tale of deceit, manipulation, and survival for her whole family. Season 1 will focus on that story while Season 2 will be a different, self-contained story, with details to be announced at a later date.