Sarah Silverman will join the second season of Masters of Sex with a recurrent role as Helen, a palm reader and the former romantic interest of Betty, the character played by Annaleigh Ashford. In a statement released by Showtime, the cast and crew of the hit drama have expressed excitement over her addition to the show.
The show, which was first brought to Showtime by Michelle Ashford, is based on the true story of William Masters and Virginia Johnson. The two were sex experts who did exploratory work in the field of the human sexual experience. The role of William Masters is played by Michael Sheen and the role of Virginia Johnson is played by Lizzie Caplan. The show follows the pair’s rise to fame despite the controversy surrounding their research at the time.
In a retrospective which looks back on the previous season of Masters of Sex, Michelle Ashford discusses the challenges that she and her producing partner experienced when considering the second season of the drama. She discussed these challenges with The Hollywood Reporter and indicates the possibility of producing enough material to satisfy four seasons of content. The interview also brought to light the challenge that being gay presented during the 1950s and also how she and the writers strive to keep the story as true to real-life as possible.
All of this comes to a head in the second season with the addition of Silverman. Her character is a quirky, off the wall woman who has full belief in her psychic abilities. She will star along the side of Caitlin Fitzgerald, Teddy Sears, Helene York, Beau Bridges, and Allison Janney in season two of the show.
Silverman is also slated to appear in several other features to include Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West and the drama I Smile Back.
Silverman has recently come under fire for her outspoken remarks regarding Mike Huckabee, calling him ‘gross’ and for her recent video in which she speaks with a cursing Jesus regarding the prospect of abortion.
The show Masters of Sex is mostly derived from the controversial book released by Thomas Maier by the name Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How to Love. Season two of Masters of Sex premieres on Showtime on Sunday, July 13th.