“Doubt” is a morally complex story. I love the fact that it offers no easy solace. To me, it wasn’t about religion. It wasn’t about pedophilia and the priesthood. It examines something that’s very morally complex, which is doubt. This closed world of a Catholic church in 1964 allows for no uncertainty. So, once doubt enters, it destroys this peace. And it has the ripple effect of making everyone — the audience — re-examine all the certainties in their lives.
That ripple effect in a movie that challenges you is very valuable and current. We all want certainty. But the result of that is you lead an unexamined life.
I never get tired of seeing Meryl Streep. It was wonderful to see her back in form with a very specific Bronx-Irish accent. People tend to do a general New York accent, and hers was so wonderfully specific. I loved the quietness of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s performance. Viola Davis’ one long scene is heartbreaking, devastating. To me, that’s the moment that doubt starts seeping into the Streep character.
Sara Colleton is executive producer of “Dexter.”