Nostalgia hits as we recall Hayley Atwell's portrayal of an ex-first daughter with Clinton undertones.

    Looking back, Hayley Atwell's compelling role as Hayes Morrison in ABC's "Conviction" seemed inspired by real-life political figures, notably the Clintons.

    <p>Hayley Atwell (Source: TMZ)</p>

    Hayley Atwell (Source: TMZ)

    It's hard to believe that it's been years since Hayley Atwell graced our screens as Hayes Morrison, the former first daughter in ABC's gripping legal drama, "Conviction". As we take a trip down memory lane, some interesting facets about her character's creation and portrayal stand out.

    How the Clintons played a silent muse for Atwell's Hayes Morrison

    Hayley Atwell, in her preparation for the role, kept abreast with the then-contemporary political scene. She followed Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign closely, taking particular notice of Chelsea Clinton's demeanor and public image. “I’ve been keeping up to date with what’s happening in the political climate... and then watching Chelsea Clinton and how she comes across,” Atwell remarked, shedding light on how Hayes' character had subtle undertones inspired by real-life political families.

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    But that wasn't all. While many might remember Hayes Morrison for her magnetic screen presence, Atwell's deeper understanding of her character had more layers to it. She took cues from shows like The Good Wife and focused on perfecting the nuances of her character's on-screen actions and inactions.

    Hayes Morrison: A Character of Complex Duality

    Hayley Atwell (Source: Digital Spy)

    Hayes' character was designed with an intriguing background. Not only did she experience the limelight from a young age, living in the White House as the first daughter, but her adult life was just as tumultuous. Her position as a formidable lawyer gets juxtaposed with her stint in jail for cocaine possession. It's this mix of professional excellence and personal struggles that Atwell found fascinating.

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    “She has tensions and demons that leak out in other areas, mainly in her personal life, but at work that’s where she excels, so she can be on fire there,” Atwell described. The added layer of her immunity to being fired made her character even more captivating to portray.

    For many of us, "Conviction" was a show that provided entertainment, intrigue, and a stellar performance by Atwell. Its premiere on Monday, Oct. 3, several years ago, remains a memorable date for fans.

    As we reflect today, it's intriguing to think about how real-life events and personalities can profoundly shape the fictional characters we come to love on screen. Hayley Atwell's portrayal of Hayes Morrison, drawing inspirations from the Clintons and more, remains a testament to that.

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