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UK graduate in new HBO series with Amy Adams and on Hulu's 'Casual'

Lauran September.
Lauran September.

University of Kentucky graduate Lauran September has a big July coming up with roles in the new HBO series "Sharp Objects," starring Amy Adams, and the fourth season of Hulu's comedy "Casual."

They're the latest roles for the Bardstown native who studied theater and psychology at UK and graduated in 2005. Some of her other screen credits include NBC's "Chicago Fire," ABC's "The Muppets" and Showtime's "Masters of Sex." Comedy is definitely a strong suit for the actor who studied at the Second City Conservatory in Chicago and The Groundlings improv troupe after graduating from UK.

But she has a serious side, which appears to be the direction of "Sharp Objects." The limited series, based on the book by "Gone Girl" author Gillian Flynn, features Adams as a reporter who comes to her hometown to cover a series of unsolved murders. It premieres Sunday, and September first appears in the second episode on July 15 as a character named Angie. The series is directed by Jean-Marc Vallée who also directed HBO's terrific "Big Little Lies," starring and co-produced by Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon.

"Sharp Objects" has a second Kentucky connection in Frankfort's Will Chase, who will appear in six episodes as a character named Bob Nash, according to imdb. Chase has had an extensive stage and screen career, including roles such as Roger in "Rent" on Broadway and Luke Wheeler on "Nashville," when it was on ABC.

In the fourth season of "Casual," which premiers July 31, September appears in the second through fourth episodes as Chef Amy. The series is about a bachelor brother and divorced sister who move in together and help each other navigate the world of dating while raising her teenage daughter.

In an interview with University of Kentucky News, September reflected on being from small-town Kentucky and going on to the world of big-time entertainment.

"Don’t be intimidated by the world," she said. "There is no difference in who you are, just how you are. It is special to grow up in Kentucky, so embrace that. Be kind to yourself. It takes a lot of courage and strength to pursue this career. It can be brutal. Remember, in the end, it’s just a job and a business."