Sharp Objects IRL: All The Real Life Places Fans Can Visit From HBO’s Massive New Show
We make like Amy Adams and head to the real life locations behind HBO's gripping new show.
Ever since we saw her pop up through a manhole cover in Times Square and sing to a dove in Enchanted, we've wanted to imitate Amy Adams. So, when we heard she'd be starring in her first ever major TV role, in huge new HBO crime drama, Sharp Objects, and ever-ready to be just a bit more like Amy Adams IRL, we just had to visit the real-life place where the TV show was actually filmed: the historic small town of Barnesville in Atlanta.
In the show this is what you see as the fictional town of Wind Gap. As the binge-worthy drama has taken over our TV screens, it's only fitting it takes over our real lives too.
Amy Adams plays troubled reporter Camille Preaker in the show, as she returns begrudingly to her American hometown to chase a new assignment: a possible serial killer in the making. It’s based on the novel by the writer of Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn.
The real life city is an exciting place to be if you like movies! Georgia's been nicknamed 'The New Hollywood', with Stranger Things, The Walking Dead and Marvel's Avengers movies all being shot there. Melissa McCarthy just bought a house nearby, Tom Cruise hired out a whole floor of the swanky St. Regis hotel when he stayed, and the stylish Ansel Elgort crime flick Baby Driver saw 140 roads close to shoot its high octane stunts.
Want to prolong your love for Sharp Objects AFTER it reaches its nailbiting finale this week? Better look into booking a trip, as here are all the real life places you can ACTUALLY VISIT from the new blockbuster show…
We started out having lunch with the Mayor of Barnesville right HERE (we'd recommend the Margharita). We learned that the cast shot the first eight episodes in just over twenty three days, nearby. The cast stayed in a nearby town, as Barnesville is so small that it doesn’t have proper hotels, with Amy and the director staying on a nearby ranch for added privacy. And added #cowgirlgoals as well, we imagine. Is that a thing?
Lots of locals from Georgia were extras in the show, and the town was made over with set dressings to become the fictional town of Wind Gap, Missouri.
Local artist Andrew Henry was chosen to create this mural, which you can spot in the very first episode of the series: look out for it when Amy Adams returns to visit her home town. Even after production wrapped, Barnesville chose to keep the iconic piece of wall art, which you can visit for yourself in the town!
This fountain also appears in the first episode. You'll see it in the scene where the young girls skate around, and the first victim’s boyfriend is sat down in the square. It is here Camille sees a frightened elderly lady and realises she’s just stumbled upon a murder scene.
Down THIS VERY alleyway is the window is where Camille finds the second murder victim, propped up out of the window frame - check it out ON THE BIG SCREEN...
Also in the first episode, you'll see Amy Adams visiting the house of the missing victim and talking to the distressed father. This is the real life home of a family, who happened to be sat out on the porch as we passed by! Imagine seeing your house suddenly becoming famous... we'd be sat out the front too!
This ramshackle building can be seen in the show as the location of the local bar where Camille spends her evenings talking to the barman and sipping whiskey. Sadly, when we popped by, Amy wasn't around for a cocktail.
- SHARP OBJECTS IS AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL DOWNLOAD NOW, COURTESY OF HBO HOME ENTERTAINMENT