Alicia is an atheist. No way, Elfman says. He mandates that she get a religion. And she makes that journey, at least doing an intellectual search of the issues. Her daughter Grace, transfixed by religion, helps her out there, truly believing that she has softened her mother's heart.
Likely we would also have advised Alicia to re-frame her atheism. However, we might not have mandated she select a religion. To be authentic, she could share with audiences what her sense of spirituality is. But, if we were astute in tone and wording, she wouldn't have had to tap dance near religion per se.
Ambitious, smart, attractive, and a sympathetic figure because of Peter's sexual transgressions, Alicia is the ideal client for a speechwriter. We could also bring Grace into the speaking loop. Her earnestness would be appealing to adult women. Son Zach, who seems to be enjoying his youth a bit too much, should be kept low-profile, only appearing next to Peter for non-speaking parts.