Stuart was able to watch Miss Tyler’s most emotional moments alone. She complains to her doctors and nurses about how people always look at her with disgust. She complains that hiding her face is like “living” [her]Whole life in a cave […]It’s comforting to live in this cave. “Wonderfully private.”
She begins to cry and begs to go outside to see the beauty of the world, but her doctor tells to wait until the results are in. Stuart’s mummified costume made it doubly difficult to act. Stuart, who played Tyler, found the same “comfort”, and her performance and tears became more real, by acting through her mummified costume. When asked by Archive of American Television how it felt to have bandages press down on her, Stuart explained:
“It’s wonderful. It was like being hidden. […]I cried tears underneath the bandages. It was probably because I was in a hidden place, I could go with it. On television, I have always had difficulty crying tears, as it is an immediate demand and it is exposed. When it wasn’t immediate and not exposed, it was easy to do.”
Stuart’s words belay another message in “Eye of the Beholder” — knowing that you’re being judged by eyes beyond your own can be a terrifying thing.
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