Jennifer Jason Leigh, as she tells it, isn’t much of a planner when it comes to her career — adhering to the practice of taking each role as it comes. But she had been looking for a project with some sense of lightness to it.
Since her 1982 breakthrough in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” Leigh has mostly gravitated toward dark, tortured characters (e.g. the stalker in “Single White Female” or the racist murderer in “The Hateful Eight”). Even now, viewers have been catching her performance as a mysterious accomplice to Evil Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) in Showtime's "Twin Peaks” revival.
“Atypical” is a bit of an antidote to it all. At least on paper.