editor’s note Costumes, candy, decorations, special themed episodes...This, is Halloween. It was the perfect time for us to talk about it with Once Upon A Time’s Lana Parrilla, as well as discussing the topic further through an article on the rich history of American Horror Story. In addition, we also have articles on the presence of the Halloween tradition in supernatural shows, and the launch of a new section «Japan Attacks!» Also in this Special Issue #2, we have interviews with The Walking Dead’s Michael Traynor, Penny Dreadful’s Danny Sapani and BAFTA winning music composer, Abel Korzeniowski. Stay spooky, friends. Happy Halloween!
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Ah, Halloween! There are countless adaptations related to the Âcelebration of the holiday, both on TV and film. When I heard that More TV would be preparing a special edition for the occasion, there was no hesitation on my part to get involved. What could be better than a horror show based from The Land of the Rising Sun? The ÂJapanese are among the most well known for their particular take on the horror genre and have consistently delivered some of the most macabre projects to date. by julien marĂŠchal
Who is this mysterious “yellow-eyed demon”?
Peach-Hime Kyushutsu Dai Sakusen!
composed of spectres, werewolves,
(literally Super Mario Bros.: The great
demons and other evil beings. Both of
ated by Eric Kripke, premiered back in
mission to rescue Princess Peach!).
them are looking for their father, John
2005 and is co-produced by Warner Bros.
The 22 episodes scheduled cover the
Winchester, also a hunter, who had
Television. The show is currently airing
major events from the first two seasons
disappeared for nearly a year.
its eleventh season on television in the
and the two main actors of the series
This “joyful” family is motivated by a
US. Due to the great success of the show,
were asked to dub their character on
common target: to kill the “yellow-eyed
Warner Bros. Japan announced iarrival
screen for the American version. Jared
demon” who transformed the boys’
of a new Supernatural series entitled:
Padalecki (Sam Winchester) dubbed half
mother into a giant barbecue. The
Supernatural: The Animation in 2011.
of the episodes whereas Jensen Ackles
spirit for vengeance is perhaps doubled
Without fail, the show did a pretty good
(Dean Winchester) dubbed his character
for Sam because he saw his girlfriend
job! Announced as a 22-episodes series
for the two last episodes of the a nimated
enduring the same deadly fate. Yay...
for a 30 minute runtime for each, the
Supernatural, an American show cre-
animation was entrusted to Madhouse studio. A studio that is known to have
The Road So Far…
Why this adaptation? A picture is worth a thousand words
Sam and Dean are hunters. Definitely
and the answer to this question lies in
like Death Note, Hunter x Hunter, R edline,
good hunters, but not the kind of hunters
the first picture from the first episode
Ame & Yuki or else Super Mario Bros.:
you may expect. Their p almarès is m errily
of the animated show:
bbc network / warner Bros.
animated several animes and movies
Where is the stick? Where is the ball?
The Madhouse studio carries the pretty emotional dimension. On the one hand, its own stories according to the already well. The studio had come a long way green shades will convey terror or dis- well-known universe of Supernatural, since their production of Mario Bros. and gust according to what the characters between the key episodes that follows the studio opted to impose its own graph- are experiencing on screen, and on the the events from the live action series. ical design as well as very dark, tortured other hand, pastel colors will make us In this way, we are transported between and contrasted colors. The main purpose appreciate the tender moments of joy.
brand new adventures that respect the
was likely to propose points of view that Face distortion and expressions have spirit of the main show, as well as some are almost impossible to realise in real life an important part to play in the general reinterpretations of the key episodes without the artistic color management.
atmosphere of the series.
Several characters experienced a new chara-design. If you are/were attached to certain characters from the live-action show, brace yourselves because some
where the difference is principally visual. The viewer is appealed by meticulous
When the American standardization meets the Japanese spark of craziness...
animation and a sound atmosphere close to the original series: it is creating new
stuff while keeping the main elements With these creative elements, we of the changes may perhaps appear a that made the Supernatural legacy! ultimately obtain a hell of a cocktail as bit odd. It would be difficult to show the a nimation a result! The animated series follows The color management is perhaps the with single pictures. For this, it is highly most stunning part in the Japanese the story from the live action show. This recommend to watch at least the first two animation, and Madhouse made this its would have surely led a risk that the view- episodes. The first episode is focuses on speciality. In addition, the Japanese dub- ers would be bored, simply because most paranoiac feelings, uneasiness and stress.
Enjoy the cold and metallic texture applied to Dean’s gun.
bing is top quality as often as the case with of them would be aware of the main twists The second episode features a balance this kind of production. F urthermore, the from the live action show. To avoid this between thrilling scenes and moments visual atmosphere gives a much stronger problem, the Japanese company created with lots of emotions.
That moment when you wake up in the night while realizing that you forgot Mother’s Day....
It makes you unconfortable eh? Warner Bros. Japan also made an epi- feelings? By playing on our u nconscious features a specific atmosphere for each sode (13/22) highlighting Asian spectres fears and exaggerating the traits on the episode. The first two episodes are highly and creatures. It is interesting to discover characters. Even if it is grotesque, if the recommended, at the very least, to make other beliefs of other cultures and this atmosphere follows and is assumed until your own opinion on the question. episode was undoubtedly a very well- the end, it works (Such as: Death Note, The show retells the events of live-action thought out one because it brings brand Redline, or Attack on Titan). new content just before the introduction
show’s first two seasons without wander-
In Supernatural: The Animation, the ing between too many “useless” episodes
of the famous Colt. A gun that is searched eyes are often very detailed in close-ups concerning the main plot. Despite the for by every supernatural hunter due to on the characters faces. As if we were weaknesses in the flow between some its reputation as the only weapon able to stuck on them. Moreover, the eyes are episodes, only a few at that, the show kill the Devil himself.
generally considered a reflection of is highly recommended. The reception our soul. Thanks to the crazy number overall was mainly positive among the
The animated horror
of details (for Madhouse, nothing is left Japanese animation neophytes-lovers,
To make people feel uneasy in front to coincidence), we have direct access as well as the fans from the original of a screen is a very difficult task. But in to the character’s inner mind. We are series. Unfortunately, no information is most cases, a bit of blood and shadows connected to what they can feel and we currently available at the prospect of a would generally be enough to save your place ourselves in the same situation, second season. scene. Yet, in animation, it is even more unconsciously. difficult because productions like this carry a less “realistic” impression. How is animation meant to involve the viewer to
With this, you’re left to shiver during your horror movie nights, and above all,
Hit or miss?
there is only really one bit of advice for
Supernatural: The Animation offers the nightcap: don’t forget to secure your
the degree that they could trigger stronger very unique animation that is fluid and windows with coarse salt!
Carry on, You will always remember Carry on, Nothing equals the splendour ! Now your life's no longer empty… Surely heaven waits for you! Carry on my wayward son…
10questions More TV’s
Danny Sapani by Prutha S. Patel
Prutha S. Patel : Both shows, The Bastard Executioner
not to mention Billie Piper’s brilliant performance as Lily, who
(TBX) and Penny Dreadful, take place in two very unique
brings a whole new dynamic to the power struggle.
worlds and/or eras, what makes being on each show so interesting for you?
If you could bring in any other famous character(s) (or
Danny Sapani : I have a passion for history and I find playing
monsters, perhaps), which would it be? Why that one?
historical characters and exploring the times very rewarding
There are so many Victorian gothic horror characters with
so to get under the skin of life in both Victorian London and
great stories. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a favourite story of
Medieval Wales has been fascinating. On Penny Dreadful I
mine, although in a way most of the characters display elements
loved the fact that the show was both a horror and historical
of split personalities, Ethan/the werewolf, Vanessa/the witch,
piece and an opportunity to explore “otherness”; the people
Sir Malcolm’s dark side. I’d love to see an African Dracula as
who by dint of being different end up outside of society. This
it would be interesting and novel bringing all the mystery of
is also true of Berber in TBX who finds himself an outsider by
black magic and West African witchcraft to bear on a classic
nature of his religion and creed.
European folk tale.
Penny Dreadful manages to, in my opinion, brilliantly
As we haven’t gotten a sort of “background” episode on
combine some of literature’s greatest stories that many
Sembene yet, can we expect one next season? He’s so
of us grew up with. Has one of the storylines on the show
been of particular interest for you?
Season 3 is still being written so I will have to let you know!
Frankenstein and his monster, without a doubt. The power
play between these two characters is so compelling; Who’s
What is something that Sembene hasn’t done on the show
the monster? Who’s the victim? Who’s the aggressor? Which
yet, but is something that you’d hope to see him do?
one’s the freak? One’s sympathies are constantly switching
Definitely the back story is something lots of people have
between them. Both of them are ultimately lonely outsiders
mentioned. You always get the sense Sembene has lived an
in need of love which is a recurring theme in horror. This is
amazing life and his history with Sir Malcolm is yet to be
beautifully portrayed by Harry Treadaway and Rory Kinnear,
You share many scenes with Timothy Dalton (Sir Malcom Murray), Eva Green (Vanessa Ives), Josh H artnett (Ethan Chandler) and Harry Treadaway (Dr Victor Frankenstein). What makes working with each so much fun for you? Timothy and I had been on stage together in the past so we had a physical understanding that made things very natural. Eva is an absolute professional and working with her was a delight. Josh is a great guy to be around, he’s so insightful and knowledgeable and always kept things interesting. Harry is my mate - we lived next door to each other and we hung out a lot in Dublin; let’s say experiencing the finest food and wine that Dublin had to offer! They
m u si c hi g hli g ht
A b e l KOR Z ENIOWSKI
were all brilliant to work with and there was a real family atmosphere on set.
Congratulations on the BAFTA for the Penny Dreadful score. I truly found it to be one of the
How about the Bastard Executioner cast?
most beautifully haunting scores I have ever
Well we’re all quite new to each other so still developing
heard. Can you tell us a bit more about what your
our bonds. Sam Spruell (Toran) and I are old friends so we
process was in creating such incredible music?
are enjoying sparring together on and off set.
Did you do any background research at all? Thank you. It always starts and ends with the picture.
What are some things we should expect from Berber
The energy flowing from the screen — the acting,
the Moor over the course of the first season?
photography, story — dictates my musical choices.
It’s clear that Berber has had an interesting past - the fact
All the information and inspiration I ever need is
that he can read and is skilled with a scimitar. There is
there. I improvise a lot, recording everything I play.
clearly much that he’s given up and I imagine all that will
After many hours, sometimes days, a few notes may
sound different, fresh, unique. That’s my starting point for a new theme.
You are also currently filming Jadotville, which has already been picked up by Netflix for release – can you
What were some things or other artists that you
tell us a bit more about the film and your character in
took cues from and/or were inspired by in c reating
the score for the series?
In Jadotville I play Moise Tshombe, a Congolese business
I always admired Wojciech Kilar’s score for Dracula.
man/ politician who becomes a self-styled military dictator.
I loved its tone and neo-romantic depth. To me, it’s
He stands up to the UN with the help of ruthless western
an important landmark.
government forces. They are hell-bent on maintaining the imperialist status quo and mining interest of the country.
Has there been one piece in particular that you
He is cultured, educated and murderous; a frightening
feel very attached to? Why that one?
combination. It is a b rilliantly realised historical piece with
In the first season, Vanessa betrays her friend Mina.
a great cast, directed by Richie Smyth.
This scene’s musical theme, “Transgression,” became one of the most important themes in Penny Dreadful.
And lastly, is there anything you’d like to say to the
I was surprised by the darkness and evil it evokes.
It’s hard to describe with words...
Oh gosh! Not really, apart from thanks for all the support. It’s so lovely when people comment on Twitter when
What are you most excited about for the third sea-
something happens to one of my characters or if they say
son of the show? (Can be musically or plot related.)
they appreciate my work. It really means a lot so thank you!
In Season 2 our heroes end up scattered all over the world. I can’t wait see them in this wider perspective.
Follow Danny Sapani on Twitter: @DannySapani
laughs and shivers
Halloween in tv shows
The end of the month will certainly offer episodes about ÂHalloween on American screens. This tradition is not new at all; letâ€™s review some of the best Halloween episodes. by cross over us
“ We will never forget the cult ‘Make me proud. Be the first black man to make it to the end.’ ” In the United States, Halloween is a
most improbable and funniest outfits,
witty, fun and very well-made and a huge
real tradition, as long as Thanksgiving
we can also talk about the fifth episode
homage to George Romero’s movies. It
or Christmas. It is not surprising to see
of the second season of Happy Endings
is very humorous. Viewers laugh at the
that some series makes special episodes
(“Spooky Endings”). Alex is dressed as
absurdity of the situation, at the outfits of
for the occasion. This horror holiday is
Marilyn Monroe and Dave as Austin
many of the characters and at the very-
often a pretext to have fun rather than
Powers, but nobody manages to recog-
well placed winks.
be scared. Whether in comedies or in
nize them. The first one is taken for a
Clichés of movies of the genre are
dramas, Halloween is often the occasion
drag-queen, and everybody believe the
amusingly distorted for the greatest plea-
to offer a rather light episode, sometimes
second one is Elton John! But the best one
sure of viewers. We will never forget the
putting aside the general story of the
remains the disguise of Max and Penny,
cult “Make me proud. Be the first black
show. Some Halloween episodes became
dressed as a mom and her baby. Pretty
man to make it to the end.” Abed says
to Troy. This episode remains one of the
Halloween means disguises. This
As far as comedies are concerned, we
best of the show, taking skillfully advan-
tradition is observed in a lot of series:
cannot talk about Halloween without
tage of what made Community so special.
we are then having fun discovering the
talking about Community and the
We must also talk about The Simpsons.
craziest outfits chosen by the characters.
episode “Epidemiology” (2x06). The
Indeed, ever since the second season, in
It is often the case in comedies that try
series is famous for its references
1990, the famous Treehouse Of H orror
to make the viewers laugh by using out-
to p opular culture and offers here a
happens every year. The opening cred-
of-date disguises. The sixth episode of
“zombie invasion” episode. Indeed, the
its is special for the occasion and the
the eighth season of Friends (“The One
university students are little by little
episode comprises three independent
With The Halloween Party”), for instance,
stricken by a virus, making them look
stories. The tone is rather more violent
stroke the fans with Chandler’s pink
like undead people eating human flesh.
than usual, and spoofs many movies. It
rabbit disguise, Ross’s “Spudnik” and Joey
Our heroes must then survive in this
has been a must-watch for a lot of fans
being disguised as Chandler. Among the
dangerous a tmosphere. The episode is
for 25 years now.
Anya, Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Pretty Little Liars
Comedies are not the only ones to
disguised as a rabbit, her greatest fear in
Story, horrific series at the beginning,
make Halloween episodes. Indeed,
episode 4x04, “Fear, Itself” is absolutely
they had to make a special episode. They
many dramas and fantasy TV-shows
did and it was a very good one, one of
took inspiration within this custom and
Beyond those very different interpreta-
the best of the season, where the dead
offer their own Halloween episode. How
tions of Halloween (that we can find in
came back to life.
could we forget Buffy The Vampire Slayer?
all kinds of series: from dramas to soap,
When they are good, the Halloween
The very first Hallween episodecame
but also sitcoms), we must ask ourselves
episodes are a sure way to have a nice
in the second season, and was simply
whether these episodes are of real use to
time, to laugh or be scared. To list all
named “Halloween”. A spell made the
the show on a creative point of view, or if
the special episodes for the Halloween
characters become the disguised they
it is only a way to earn money. Let’s take
occasion would be too long, most of TV
wear. From a very basic story, the series
Pretty Little Liars for instance, in which
shows actually doing it.
managed to deliver a very original and
the episodes are useless and seems to
As a proof that this holiday is a real
cult e pisode. Xander was disguised as a
exist only for the ABC Family channel
tradition in the US, we can observe
GI, Willow as a ghost and Buffy as a lady
that it is more often in TV shows than
from the 18th century. Even in dramas,
For some TV shows, it is all about get-
the tradition of H alloween is often used
ting into the theme and offering a real
as an a musement for the viewer (Anya
moment of horror. In American Horror
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All Hail: The New Savior of Storybrooke... Regina Mills Currently in its fifth season and soon to celebrate its 100th episode, ABC’s Once Upon A Time has consistently shown viewers that heroes can be those we are least likely to expect, and further, that villains may not be quite so different from ourselves. The Evil Queen…or shall we say the new “Savior” of Storybrooke, Regina Mills, played exquisitely by Lana Parrilla, discusses the progression of the unique role, her hopes for Regina’s future, Halloween and much more. by prutha s. Patel photo bell soto
Prutha S. Patel: As this is our Hallow-
een issue, we’d love to know what you’re going to be for Halloween!
Lana Parrilla : It’s Saturday this year.
Oh my god! I get to have a Halloween!
“ It takes a lot of courage for both women to confront their own personal demons and deal with their own sort of darkness. ”
Then, I don’t know yet! I just assumed I was going to be Regina or the Evil Queen
love to tell Ava Gardner’s story.
and it’d be really great to see him as the Wizard on our show. I don’t know,
as per usual. You know, there’s some talk with my husband, we want to one day
Cleopatra! Now that I think about it,
I thought maybe Chris Hemsworth for
do Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe.
there hasn’t been a movie that’d count
Indiana Jones but he’s not quite right,
as relatively recent about her.
he’s a little too m uscular. [Laughs] He’s
Oh my god... I think everyone would
No, and I had an opportunity a few years
just a sweetheart and such a great human
love to see pictures of that.
ago but unfortunately I don’t think the
being. I’m going to go with Johnny Depp
We want to pull that off one day. My
project got off the ground. If I could do
as the Wizard of Oz.
father was a professional baseball player.
like a biopic of Ava Gardner’s story, I
Back when the Yankees had a triple-A
think with the Frank Sinatra twist and
Great choice. The relationship between
team, I don’t know if the Yankees have
everything she had to go through, that’d
Emma and Regina has grown quite a
a triple-A team anymore, but back then
be fun. I would also love to play Ellen
great deal over the years. We’re now
they did. There was a training program
Burstyn and tell her story. She just wrote
seeing Regina help Emma in ways
before you’d go in to become a pro, and
that book and she’s phenomenal, she’s
that those of us watching season one
so I still have my father’s Yankee uniform
been through hell and back. She’s one
would’ve possibly never i magined. How
from the ‘60s. I had Fred, my husband
of my favorite actresses to date. She is
would you describe that relationship?
try it on and we had thought of doing
also one that I admire. If I had to pick
I think it started off quite rocky, for
this last Halloween but I had ended up
just one, I think I’d have to go with Ava
obvious reasons. I think being that they
working, but it fit him perfectly. And ever
Gardner, a classic Hollywood story. She’s
share a son, and all that has happened
since then, I’ve been saying we have to
a bit more obscure and maybe not well
over the years, they had to try to find a
go as Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe
way to get along and be in each other’s company. I think both women have
one year. I would love to see him in my father’s uniform. That also means I’d
If you could have any actor/actress join
grown so much, even on an individual
have to find a fabulous Marilyn M onroe
Once Upon a Time as a specific charac-
basis, it has kind of lead them to this
wig. I love dressing up with someone, so
ter, who would it be and which char-
newfound friendship. It takes a lot of
previous Halloween costumes were all
acter would the person play?
courage for both women to confront their
very strange and weird but it’s such a
Hmm, that’s a tough one. How about...
own personal demons and deal with their
fun time, especially for actors.
hmm, I want to see someone cast as
own sort of darkness, to then be able to
Indiana Jones. I’m trying to think who
come together and live harmoniously
That’s really sweet, thank you for
could make a great Indiana Jones and I
together. I think it’s really Henry, their
sharing that. If you could be on any
feel like, I don’t know. Who could do it?
shared son, that brought them closer and kind of forced them to be friends. I don’t
TV show alongside being on Once Upon a Time, which would it be? What kind
There was a picture of Chris Pratt
know if they would have met outside
of character would you want to see
someone had edited as Indiana Jones.
of this or even what their relationship
yourself play on that show?
Oh really? Hmm... I feel like Johnny Depp
would be like without Henry. I think he’s
I would want to be on Narcos and I want
would really fit on our show. If he could
the glue that brings Emma and Regina
to play a DEA agent.
be someone, who would it be? Maybe
he could be the Wizard of Oz? He’s that
How about on film? Is there a character
kind of actor who has really been doing
Regina recently essentially became the
that has been of particular i nterest for
that kind of stuff since Pirates of the
“ new ” Savior of Storybrooke and we
you as an actress?
Caribbean, where he kind of plays all of
had quite a few fans ask if you think
Yes, there’s a story I would love to tell.
these kooky characters. I feel that our
Regina would ever actually use the
I would love to play Cleopatra. I’d also
show has a lot of those odd fun characters
dagger against Emma.
I think if necessary, she will. That’s the whole reason why Emma gave her the dagger. She knows that Regina will do what needs to be done if all hell breaks loose. If necessary and if Regina has the heart, courage, and strength to stop the Dark One. Without giving anything away... Now that Emma has become the Dark One, did you happen to share any advice with Jennifer (Morrison) on how to act “ evil, ” perhaps?
Not all. It’s a very complicated situation Rebecca and they’re awesome. I just
No, I didn’t. This Dark One is all her own, and the best way to describe it is that it’s love them. They are good people, first I’ve never played the Dark One and that’s so very “not real” on any level. Because no and foremost, with big, beautiful, giant a whole different sort of character. But one can morph herself, get pregnant, as hearts. They are my friends, they have she never asked for any advice or insight, someone else, and then morph back into become my friends. Their partners are she did her own research and developed a different character. [Laughs] This can friends with my husband and me. We the character on her own, or probably only happen in movies. It’s kind of a very are all friends and that makes it really with the producers. I was not a part of complicated thing and it’s hard to speak enjoyable. And you know what? They’re that process.
on. I can’t personally relate to something funny, they’re British and have that like that, it’s so fantastical. I think I have tongue in cheek sense of humor, and
Interesting. We have also seen the to kind of go into Regina’s mind, and she’s they’re always making me laugh. When relationship between Regina and dealing with it like a hero. She’s making they work together, they have this way Robin Hood (Sean Maguire) change very smart, very mature choices. She is of bantering back and forth; they’re like drastically with lots of shenanigans protecting her love and relationship with brother and sister. They’re always making by the Wicked Witch, Zelena, (Rebecca Robin. Even though she has these feelings people and each other laugh. They’re both Mader) mixed in. What is your take of discomfort and hatred towards Zelena, very comical; they make it a lot of fun. on that? Are you enjoying all of the she’s really keeping them under wraps surprises? Has there been something to the best of her abilities. Zelena will I’d think you’re the perfect person that has shocked even you?
eventually have this baby and when she to ask – I started out watching the
Yes! When Robin said that he was “ kind does, I think Regina will be laying down show loving Emma’s character. But of excited. ” I remember reading that and the law and rules... as she has already over the years, seeing your character going, “ Excuse me? Wait a second. ” I forewarned Zelena about in the past. I and how far she’s come I think I love mean, I get it, it is his child but it doesn’t think she’s going to be in control of what both c haracters equally. So p eople feel like it is? Feels like this alien baby. happens with this baby and how close who are fans of both, not purely [Laughs] That whole dynamic is a bit hard of a bond Zelena is allowed to have with “ Evil Regals, ” and maybe not purely to swallow for Regina. I don’t think she this child. I think Regina is kind of going “ Ugly D ucklings, ” would the title then quite even understands how to deal with to be the parent, of kind of everyone in become “ Regal Duckling? ” it. I think she’s probably dealing with it this situation. [Laughs] Kind of what it Oh! Yes, I think that would be it. I love better than I ever would, so I commend feels like. She’s the one calling the shots, that you’re coming up with that, it’s funny her on that. I think I’d probably lose my she’s the mayor of this town but she’s also that you’re doing that because it’s one of Jack Rowand / abc
mind and have a tantrum if something the ruler in that sort of family dynamic. my favorite things to do. I love coming up like that happened to me in my life. I
with these names like this. I came up with
don’t know what I’d do, but I commend Wow, that’s great. What makes w orking the name “Evil Regals.” It really became a Regina that she’s so mature. It’s not a love with Sean and Rebecca so much fun subculture and I adore the fans so much triangle.
[Laughs] No, not at all.
Oh my god. Because they’re Sean and Yeah, I think “Regal Duckling” is cute!
and love how they treat one another.
Awesome! What makes playing a character like Regina so unique for you? I think Regina is a very unique character. What makes this experience the most unique is that we’re still on the air. That’s something I haven’t experienced before. I’ve had a lot of awesome opportunities in my career, where I’ve gotten to play
rapid fire round
some very strong, powerful women, then
w i t h L a n a pa r r i l l a
also some where I’m a damsel in distress. It’s a lot of characters over the years but
“ Can you explain this...? ” I really don’t
I haven’t had a show that has hit the way
meddle much; I try not to get involved.
Once Upon A Time has hit. Now we’re in
I trust my writers, and whatever they
our fifth season, so I’d say that is very
put on that page, I make it work. Just as
unique for me. The challenges that come
you’re meant to do as an actor.
with that are really in the hands of the
Robert Carlyle Most likely to write a book? Jennifer Morrison
writers. And they’ve done a beautiful job
Is there something you haven’t seen
at taking a character like Regina, from
Regina do but you’d love to see her do
how she was earlier on: a conflicted,
in the future?
corrupt, manipulative right-winger.
I’d love to see her really get down and
[Laughs] I always looked at her like this
boogie. It’d be fun for her to really let
really hardcore person, because she had
her hair down and dance. For her to be
these roles and ways that were rooted in
the belle of the ball... but in Storybrooke!
darkness and evil-doings. That’s not who
We saw a little bit of it in Camelot, but
she is anymore. Does she have the ten-
it wasn’t enough. I would love for her
dency? Does she have the dark thoughts?
to have a glass of wine at the end of a
Absolutely. But, she’s more in control of
dance, to see her giggling and having
herself and her reactions to things. She’s
fun. I think it’s a side of her that we’ve
not as impulsive as she used to be, but
seen here and there but we haven’t seen
she hasn’t lost herself either. She’s so
enough of it and it’s quite charming. Just
Yes, we’re going to be launching a t-shirt.
unique as a person, how she started off
because we’ve seen so much darkness,
All proceeds will be going towards a
as an Evil Queen and has graduated to
internal struggle, betrayal and conflict,
foundation that I’ve been supporting
this hero. I have to commend the writers
that it’d be very nice to see her enjoying
called Face Forward. They’re a great
for writing such a beautiful arc for the
herself, maybe on a date. Or even if going
organization that I truly believe in, and
character. She is unlike a nyone I have
for the audience, if it was just one scene,
I love the work they’re doing.
ever played before. I love her journey
it’d be nice to see that. It’d be nice to see
and her growth; I look forward to seeing
her light up in a different way. Without
Perfect! And lastly, is there anything
where we’re headed to next.
her thinking there’s something doomy
you’d like to say to all of the readers?
and gloomy right over her head, before
Just thank you for all of your love and
she has to go fight some crazy monster.
support. Thank you for watching Once
with your thoughts and/or concerns? Is there any room for improv?
Most likely to make you laugh in the middle of a scene? Sean Maguire Most likely to actually save Storybrooke? [Laughs] I think me. Most likely to become a Knight of the Round table? I would say Josh Dallas
Upon A Time. If you haven’t seen it, it’s You recently had an amazing charity
on Netflix and tune in to watch this great
Absolutely. They’ve been very open. They
auction straight from your closet, I’m
show. It’s quite entertaining. It’s a show
are the writers, and the only time I call
curious to know if there are any other
that’s full of family, hope, mystery and
them is when I have any questions or
projects you are currently involved
adventure. I think a lot of people will
confusion as to a particular scene. “ I’m
with or are about to be that fans should
enjoy it, so if you haven’t seen it, check
not sure why Regina is doing X, Y, Z... ”
be aware of.
Jack Rowand / abc
Have you been able to go to the writers
Most likely to direct an episode?
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american horror story wel c o me t o be d lam Nearly all of us has heard about a series by the name of American Horror Story. For many of us, those who don’t dare watch it, because perhaps we are essentially afraid of being afraid. To be a bit clearer: American Horror Story isn’t actually scary, it merely makes one uncomfortable, which differs from true fear. What if I told you American Horror Story is simply a scary series? That it only deals with themes that are deeply anchored in the United States, and may even be one of the best series to come from the United States these last five years? Would those of you who are too afraid to watch it, finally give it a shot?
Much more than an anthology (each
simplistic opinion to think we should
season presenting different stories and
watch it literally: as there is a real will
characters), American Horror Story (AHS)
to denounce all kinds of excess, either
has been telling many scary fantasy-based
via reconstructive surgery of the body
stories for going on four years now. The
which also happens to be d estructive for
two men behind the series, Ryan Murphy
the soul as in Nip/Tuck (2003-2010) or via
and Brad Falchuk, have also produced
formal success and social failure as in
another two series that are different artis-
Glee (2009-2015). In another one of his
tically but yet connected by their overall
creations, Popular (1999-2001), Murphy
themes: Nip/Tuck and Glee. If Nip/Tuck
used the irony present in the world of
deals with the research of perfection,
popular teenagers as an endless source
Glee is the product of the perfect America
of inspiration for his series.
with social codes that need to be main-
As viewers may have understood,
tained in order to obtain the perfect level
Murphy is not the discreet kind. Due to
of quality. It is obvious that the message
which, he may arguably be considered
for both series are in accordance with
one of the most interesting creators of
AHS. It would of course be an incredibly
our modern times.
I went from Nip/ Tuck to Glee. It seemed logical to go to something darker that would be a real challenge to me
ryan murphy, 2011
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by thomas WACHNICKI photo franck ockenfels / fx
American Horror Story : Murder House
An American Beginning American Horror Story was created by Ryan Murphy when he immersed himself in to some of his memories from his childhood. His grandmother had him watch Dark Shadows, a soap in which vampires and other creatures lived together. When Murphy and Falchuk had the idea to offer a weekly hour of terror, they did not hesitate to redefine the concept of the anthology. Like a theater crew, American Horror Story was to present a dozen actors in new roles, each season. The anthology was reborn and American Horror Story arrived at FX in 2011. same genre, including the likes of The Exorcist, The Shining, and Poltergeist, all fed and in conjunction with Ryan Murphy’s own memories of television, such as old documentaries and series, American H orror Story portrays c olorful characters that redefine the genre and our society as a whole. Even beyond these inspiration, one must also discuss the
In Murder House, the whole family unit is at stake with an emphasis on the significance of the neighborhood
summarize each season suitably, each of
characters. It is undeniable that each sea-
true essence of the series, its themes and
the stories often explodes within its own
son of AHS focuses on a group of people
resurgences. American Horror Story is a
overarching way and also then explores
with their own habits, customs, relations
powerful portrait of a country facing its
quite a few unexpected scenarios as
and most interesting of all, problems.
own model. The clear usage of the term
well. Fortunately, each of the topics are
In Murder House, the whole family
“American” in the title shows, perhaps,
eventually revealed and reunited by each
unit is at stake with an emphasis on
the portrait of a country with its own
season’s end. From s adomasochism to
the significance of the neighborhood.
traditions, fantasies, illusions and above
exorcism, from immortality to the search
In addition to the explosion of their
all, “The American Dream.”
of authority, it is the society and all its
relationship because of infidelity and
The four seasons (thus far) of American
decadence that is shown in AHS. AHS
the h andling of a teenager in c risis,
Horror Story are made up of Murder
has a lot to say, about religion, s anity,
the c haracters, embodied by Dylan
House, Asylum, Coven and Freak Show. To
sex and more.
M cDermott (Stalker, Hostages) and
briefly summarize: Murder House deals with a house haunted by the previous
Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights,
The Key Players
Nashville) soon discover even more
tenants in a c ontemporary United States
American Horror Story plays host to
time period, Asylum deals with the lives of
quite a talented group of people for its
Asylum introduces us to an entire
the patients and doctors of a psychiatric
cast, including the likes of Jessica Lange.
community living under the same roof.
hospital in the ‘60s, Coven follows the
With Taissa Farmiga and Evan Peters
The mentally ill, divergent minds, and
tormented lives of a s orcery school in
acting alongside Kathy Bates and Fran-
marginal people are all showcased
modern times and most recently, Freak
ces Conroy is essentially allowing viewers
in the second season of AHS. It is a
Show introduces us to a freak show in
like ourselves to see different eras of
completely different gallery of characters
of cinema, proving once again that TV
in comparison to the first and this time
Many more paragraphs would be
welcomes all kinds of talent.
it is the doctors and nurses who must
required in order to actually fully
The troupe embodies a unique gallery of
handle the rest of the community.
cracks in their foundation.
franck ockenfels / FX
Full of references to movies of the
Self-control is vital in the Briarcliff asylum, and it is often that we don’t know who the crazy one is
strike back. Time is a powerful tool. We
can find a similar aging and lost figure
in Freak Show where the same Jessica Lange proves once again that it is very
difficult to struggle against time and that
frank ockenfels / FX
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story : Asylum
being different in a real ordeal.
Fantasies and Illusions
Coven evokes rivalry between young
The couple featured in Murder House
promising girls in order to find the
come on screen with a heavy past. They
Weaknesses are the result of faults
new “Supreme” witch. Once again,
are forced to overcome the husband’s
and it is important to fill the gap with
AHS c onveys an idea of the unit
infidelity, hiding behind the new pur-
a strong will. AHS is clearly not a very
being surrounded, but this time with
chase of a (spooky) house in order to
positive series overall, it is to the contrary.
authoritarian figures emphasized, as
rebuild their family. As they discover the
Each season shows a very pessimistic
here, coming in the form of the old
ghosts in the house, the topics of both love
society. On AHS, The American Dream
Supreme who replaces the parents in
and failure are emphasized. The husband
is within everyone’s reach but one has
the first season and the doctors in the
cheated on his wife and is unable to
to make seemingly inhuman efforts to
seduce her again, the ghost of his lover
achieve it. Whether it is the dream to
Last year, we were introduced to
haunts him, and the fantasies of his wife
build the perfect family with a loving cou-
the troupe of freaks of Elsa Mars.
come to life in a strong SM ballet. Further,
ple and a well-educated child, l iving in a
E xtraordinary but still human, the
a gay couple did not seem to “go through,”
big house in Murder House, or the need
creatures are stuck in the group, led by
the son’s lack of education haunts the
to be useful in Asylum: they all strive to
place and the housekeeper happens to
feel alive at any cost, in the noble sense
Although AHS uses the same group of
be really “good” at e verything. In these
of the word. Even this bare minimum
actors each season in order to stage a
ways, many examples of the characters’
becomes a difficult mission. But perhaps
family, an institutional or community
fragility are covered.
not as difficult as in the two last seasons,
unit seems obvious, it is not very clear
This failure of the human principles is
in which people don’t care about being
if the group effect is vital. However,
even more prevalent in the subsequent
useful, they just want to be remembered.
American Horror Story plays the choral
seasons, with characters that are often
Fiona Goode and Elsa Mars are looking
series card fully, with a crucial study of
uncomfortable, surrounded by crazy
for rebirth and gratitude in order to
all kinds of relationships. It is at times
people in Asylum or with elite youngsters
achieve a certain kind of immortality.
possible to point to their ambiguities.
in Coven. Self-control is vital in the Briar-
All those fantasies, more or less feasible,
cliff asylum, and it is often that we don’t
are not due to extravagance, but to the
know who the crazy ones truly are. In
search of the perfect life. The witches
AHS portrays very different charac-
New Orleans, witches realize that their
in Coven, whether it be Zoe, Misty or
ters, but we can easily group them under
leader, the Supreme Witch, is no more
Madison, don’t have any other goal than
the heading “ faults and weaknesses. ”
able. Shoved aside by the younger ones,
to get to the next stage; just like Season
The series explores the lower instincts
Fiona Goode (embodied by the amazing
3’s Jimmy, Bette and Dot wanting to fit
of man, but also what can weaken him.
Jessica Lange) has only a few weapons to
in on Freak Show.
Faults and weaknesses
into account the awful abortion scene in Asylum or the slavery habit in Coven, we would quickly see that AHS is not as prude as it seems.
Lange in Power Winner of a well-deserved Emmy for Coven, Jessica Lange is the figurehead for that season. For a first experience on a series, Lange literally explodes each year in a wonderfully sincere interpretation. With her huge aura and rock solid charisma, she shined in each season, with roles that redefined the notion of power and authority itself. A curious neighbor, a tortured nun, a Supreme Witch or a Ultimate Priestess, she strings together charismatic figures. Taking more and more domination through her roles, she alone bears the whole magic of the show. Never short of resources (the amazing scene featuring Fiona Goode and Cordelia (played by the always amazing Sarah Paulson) is a must see. She seemed to be possessed by each of the roles. We can feel the roles were written for her, and the subtext is never dumb. If she draws
Sex, A New Kind of Gross
fall in the fantasy to “bang the nanny.”
Murder House, it is to better watch the
If AHS is famous for being kind of
Talking about nannies, the nuns of
soon-to-be troupe, just as she becomes
scary, gloomy or even uncomfortable,
Asylum have an unrestrained s exual
the Supreme Mother in Asylum. Fiona
it never goes to easy eroticism. On the
life that contrasts with the almost
Goode in Coven may be the resembling
contrary, the sex sequences on the show
immaculate figure they represent. And
character: Goode tries to preserve at best
prove that sex is more awkward than
when a patient embodied by Evan Peters
her aura and to regain her old splendor.
anything else. The orgy in Freak Show is
arrives and satisfies an urge with the
This mission for immortality goes beyond
a sickened representation of desire and
very beautiful Lizzie Brocheré in a purely
the actress, we c annot differentiate
pleasure. It would be hard not to see the
soft-core scene, it is quickly cut off. When
her need to survive in the H ollywood
forced intercourse the scene intended
the intercourse is allowed and lasting, it
of today from the mere fact to be 65
is off-screen, but we can still guess the
year-old woman. This can also be seen
Sex is always a source of conflicts, as
threesome in Coven wasn’t innocent.
in Freak Show: Elsa Mars e xperienced
it is never quite appropriate. Ben and
Evan Peters plays a zombie who cannot
success, recognition but must now try to
Vivien Harmon in Murder House hardly
speak and had Taissa Farmiga and Emma
offer something else in order to survive,
have a sexual life, and AHS tries to make
Roberts as partners. We’ve seen worse.
until the ironic, d reamlike but f reeing
sex taboo twice. A man in a c omplete
The same, is perhaps quite lucky, since he
conclusion. Very clever will be the one
latex suit visits Vivien, who thinks
is a pleasure machine in Freak Show by
who can tells us if the series will s urvive
he’s her husband. Sex then becomes
using his deformed hands. Beautiful sex?
without her. She often said that shootings
surreal, shameful and obnoxious. On the
Between sadomasochism, rediscovering
were very tiring (even if one season only
husband’s side, the housekeeper, who
senses, strange habits, sex in AHS is never
clocks in with 13 episodes). Now that
is about 60 years old, appears to be a 30
pure or sane. If we were to seek some
she’s gone, Sarah Paulson’s rise in power
year-old sexy man-eater in his eyes. We
eroticism in the series, without taking
should reassure all fans.
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back a little, next to main stories, as in
Jostle the Institutions The United States has a short but very rich history. The series managed to show the ideals the country managed to create: marriage, authority, sharing and memories. It managed to show it, but also destroy it. Marriage is not fun anymore, but a mere refuge in Murder House and authority is mistreated by outside forces or inside evils in Asylum. And what about authority in Coven? Or about the strength of legacy? Freak Show offered a perspective of institution through the police authority, the traditional legacy and the ideal for sharing. The freak show is a kind of a marginal society that creates
its own rules, just like the secret society of witches did in Coven. Everything that gravitates around them struggle to be active: the police often fail, society seems to create martyrs and the habits or c ustoms are constantly jeopardized. AHS is not a group of individuals, it always seems to want to justify the group’s acts. They don’t really show their egos, rather
Each season has its killer: the psychopath Santa and Bloody Face in season 2, the jazzman in season 3 and the most famous clown in the fourth one.
their echoes. One tries to institutionalize oneself, to create a sub-society where one
a violent layer to the stories, AHS depicts
and unstoppable power. Ghosts from the
can reign as a master, a model or an heir.
a rather lost America, stuck between the
past are flying by each season. It is almost
desire to entertain and the one to control.
sad to realize that the characters hold
The killer is linked to traditional symbols
onto a certain kind of n ostalgia. Like the
and leisure. For example: the clown,
ghosts in the Californian house of Murder
Talking about legacy, it is almost
Santa Claus, the handsome guy, the
House cannot leave it, the mistakes of the
impossible not to talk about a pretty
sadomasochist, the jazzman... They are
past overcome some Nazis in Asylum.
tragic view of America that appears on
nothing more than the main Epinal prints
One cannot fight time and Fiona Goode
AHS. The series has a red thread that
that America had been showing us for
understood it very well as she tried to
takes more and more thread over the epi-
fifty years. The United States’ decline
stay young and beautiful and to live
sodes and eventually gets back together
and their far from prude habits, the
by proxy when she saw the younger
in the end when all of the seasons are put
perfect son-in-law, the birthday party
ones arrive. Years go by and the wheel
together. The result is scary: the United
where the clown appears, lounge music,
of fortune turns. The husband cannot
States shows a most cruel face through
New Year’s Eve are five big symbols of a
erase his cheating, the singer cannot find
murder. The serial killer is a very signifi-
rich but scary country. The show jostles
success again and the killer cannot make
cant and present figure in the series. Each
ideals and changes a country into a giant
the corpses disappear anymore.
season has its own: the sadomasochist
ticking bomb that has just started to tick.
Beyond the universe of the series, the
killer in the first season, the p sychopath
Another way to tell us that time is passing
whole narration explodes into time.
Santa and Bloody Face in the second one,
Flashbacks are very frequent. The feeling
american horror story : freak show / FX
From Morbid Tradition to Morbid Legacy
of a fragmented chronology refers to the
the jazzman in the third one and the most famous clown in the last. America often
cried for its patriots who were the victims
Time passes by and mistakes pile up,
of sadly famous murders. In order to add
but one cannot fight against an invisible
nostalgia, the memories, to the history of the American people...that often remember but rarely forgets.
Lady Gaga , American Horror Story : Hotel
the hotel, A strange place where people come and go, leave behind some wrinkled sheets and most of the time, drawn curtains
be dissociated from the admiration we feel for their sick, different, divergent or fragile aspect.
The series displays a picture of the United States that gives us a lot to learn from,
but is perhaps a very poor compliment.
A Need to be Different
the Diner, he sees different rules, perfect
ing the historic Puritanism of the United
Freak Show revealed a gallery of
people and understands that differences
States. AHS does not judge religion. It
striking creatures and emphasized the
exists, and he is far from being on the
only shows that all people can drift.
scriptwriters’ desire to explore the psy-
good side of the gate.
No institution nor law can prevent the
chology of being different. All of the char-
This differences creates eclectic per-
human moral to deflect. Man is free, and
acters had something that differentiates
sonalities, but also tends towards one
that’s what’s so scary about American
them from us. However Murder House
conclusion: there is no good guy on the
Horror Story. A Story of American Horror
is perhaps the closest to “our” world.
show. There isn’t one character that
would have been a better title, rather
The characters don’t want a preordained
wouldn’t be considered suspicious. Meep,
than an American Horror Story. Much
destiny, free will is one of their condi-
for example, the charming freak of the
can be expected from the show’s current/
tions. The mold that America wishes to
fourth s eason, is a young man that was
fifth season: Hotel. A strange place where
impose is broken in each season. One
awfully mistreated by nature, for whom
people come and go, live for a while and
can be a doctor or a senior executive,
we feel a strong empathy, but is nothing
leave behind some wrinkled sheets and
one still has evils inside. In both the
a good person either: he beheads young
most of the time, drawn curtains.
outside and the inside, AHS characters
chicken. The only exception is perhaps
With four very rich but far from
are two d istinct entities. That is why the
Pepper. She’s a real good-doer, but has a
perfect seasons, American Horror
witches in Coven don’t hesitate to use
hard life. Her character-centric episode
Story managed to tell us much more
their powers s cornfully, for they know
in the fourth season was amazing and
than it seemed to at first. Even the less
that they don’t have any other way, a
allowed the show to better define the
fascinating moments (Coven, the first
normality does not exist in the universe
purpose of the show. This empathy is its
Murder House episodes, or the end of
of the show. In the fourth season, the
strength: to love imperfect people.
Asylum), offer very refined aesthetics,
characters only feel normal when they
Finding one’s place is kind of the
and a very critical message towards
are among their own. Jimmy is the one
spearhead of all the stories on AHS, from
society. By hiring Lady Gaga for the
that seems to least to accept his condi-
Murder House to Freak Show. Whether
new season, they have to make a clear
tion, whereas he has been a freak ever
a witch, a freak, a ghost or a mentally
offer: the s tar-system in a cosmopolite
since he was a child. He sees the “real”
ill, the human being has a strong
system, the American s ociety facing its
world, the one he sees when he goes at
personality with an empathy that cannot
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We are clearly facing a show that is judg-
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Note: Interview took place prior to The Walking Dead’s Episode 6x03
“ Let’s just say, I think Rick and The Gang are growing on Nicholas. He knows that they’ve got skills he needs to survive. And Ol’ Nicky Boy is big on survival! ” Prutha S. Patel: Alright, I’m just going to get right to it.
that simmering, ready-for-the-eruption quality to our scenes
Nicholas freaking out the way he did during *fake cough*
just right. And the wild stroke of luck was, we saw a lot of the
THAT *fake cough* episode is the reason why Noah (Tyler
moments very similarly -- we were both working to tell the
James Williams) dies. That death scene was perhaps one of
same story. So, the discussion always became how to we tell
the most graphic and equally terrifying deaths we’ve seen
THIS story in the most exciting, suspenseful way. And I’d just
on The Walking Dead. What was it like filming that scene?
follow Steven’s lead. Yeah, working with him was a ridiculous
Michael Traynor: Firstly, I think you should go to a Fake
treat. Yeun’s a total pro.
Doctor. That Fake Cough sounds serious. Secondly, how was it filming that gruesome, heartbreaking and totally preventable
Nicholas is last seen trying to turn the Alexandria group
death, you ask. Well, it was a blast, I answer! Jennifer Lynch
against Rick’s (Andrew Lincoln) group. Do you think he’ll
directed that episode, and her verve and skill created an
ever go on to accept them and/or treat them as equals?
awesome atmosphere for Steven, Tyler and this guy to work
Let’s just say, I think Rick and The Gang are growing on
in. From the first read through of the scene that morning, we
Nicholas. He knows that they’ve got skills he needs to survive.
knew we were cooking up something exciting. We all worked
And Ol’ Nicky Boy is big on survival!
to find the groove of the scene -- all the turns and moments of conflict. Then they piled that mass of Walkers all around
How do you feel about your character? I think a lot of the
that revolving door, yelled ACTION, and we all let it rip. It was,
viewers essentially hate him for all that he has done to
as I said, a blast. An actor’s dream gig. I mean, I had the best
this point, and I’d love to know how do you feel about him.
seat in the house — Steven (Yeun) and Tyler never relented.
He didn’t ask for this Walker Apocalypse, he’s just living in
They just gave it their all on every take. It was a treat to be
it. Trying to survive. And for two or so years, those walls
in and to behold.
have let him believe that he could. He didn’t act in a way that would make you love the guy, but there is a truth to the way
Did it take multiple takes to get it right? That’s a lot of
he acted -- It’s very human. Self-preservation is very human,
walkers around you guys there!
very relatable. So, I get the WHY, it’s just a shame that the
Yeah, I could have my numbers wrong, but I believe there
HOW is attacking fan favorites!
were somewhere between 65 and 4 Million Walkers that day. They were everywhere -- Within those revolving doors, you
I might even go as far as to say that the way he reacted is
really were surrounded. How the camera crew got some of
a bit more realistic to human nature. Although none of
those shots is beyond me, man. Their lens just cut through
us would want to be that person in that situation, fear is
the hungry biomass of Walkers and caught some awesome
very powerful thing.
moments. And you bet -- Multiple takes from every angle we
That’s exactly what I’m saying. Some of us have panic attacks
had time for. It was a whole day of fun.
with public speaking, or taking an important test - Just imagine that fear instinct when surrounded by hundreds of r avenous
Since Noah’s passing, Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Nicholas
walkers. I just pee’d a little thinking about it!
have some extreme animosity between them, how would you describe filming those scenes?
What makes playing a character like Nicholas so unique
“Extreme Animosity” seems almost too polite. There’s a blood
and/or enjoyable for you?
rage between those two dudes. Steven and I wanted to get
Along the same lines as above, the chance to give a reasoning
for actions that aren’t heroic, that aren’t enviable...To live out some of our worst tendencies as a species is a pretty thrilling exploration. That, and I’d frickin’ play the role of “Lamp Post” to be on The Walking Dead. Anything...Just so long as I’m on this show. A dream gig!
“ I quickly learned that there’s no room for funny improvs when playing the coward. ”
What have you found to be the most challenging thing about playing this character? I quickly learned that there’s no room for funny improvs when playing the coward.
What is one thing you’d love to see from the character or the show in general? And why?
What are some things we should expect from this season
I’m truly digging the Rick/Morgan (Lennie James) storyline.
of The Walking Dead?
When a character evolves through circumstances and necessity,
In the very end of Season 6, a battalion of giant eagles descend
and is then shown how far they’ve traveled from who they
from the sky and save Rick and Daryl (Norman Reedus) from
used to be, how much they’ve changed -- I think those moments
evil land of Mordor! Wait...I think I’m getting my narratives
of forced self-reflection are very cool to watch. And those last
confused. Oh, well...We’ll just have to wait and see.
moments of Season 5, when Rick’s and Morgan’s eyes meet,
Do you die this season? Just kidding. How would you want
but I don’t recognize you” of it all. Yeah, very cool. Excited for
to go if it were up to you? (*spoiler alert* - And if we weren’t
the fans to see where that story goes!
going by the comics?)
I’d never want to die. Nicholas and Carol (Melissa McBride)
And lastly, anything you’d like to say to the readers?
open up a cookie store and live forever after discovering that
I think you’re amazing for reading this far. You all smell
her cookies are THE CURE for the Walker Apocalypse!
delightful. And I’ll see ya lovely folk for this season!
Gene Page / AMC
there’s both recognition and utter mystery -- The “I know you,
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Supernatural attracts people towards
mythological creatures is not very risky.
Supernatural evolved and even matured.
the series format. Mystery fascinates,
Even if the genre is very common, curi-
Series don’t only show us creatures
and the more you keep it alive, the
osity makes us check this new approach.
anymore, they show us how they live,
more the series will be successful. But
For instance, True Blood and The Vampire
how they integrate society, how they man-
supernatural is not enough, you can’t
Diaries put creatures in the center of the
age to stay hidden, how their community
do anything you want. Some rules exist
intrigue, and Supernatural finally did it
lives... This illusion of m aturity is what
and must be respected.
too, with characters such as Castiel and
Crowley. This relatively new perspective
Of course, some people will always
about how supernatural creatures are
remain hermetic to the genre. To
To introduce a series with vam-
broached is the reason why the genre has
them, it is only one more series about
pires, werewolves, demons and other
been so successful for the last ten years.
supernatural and an attempt to make
Why is it so successful?
a successful and making series. One of the main goals of creating a series is to earn money. But the maturity gained throughout the last years can really attract a whole new audience to these kinds of series.
Is there a total freedom when we call it “Supernatural”? Limits of supernatural may not be well defined; scenarists cannot mess with the genre. When an element is introduced in a universe, such as the demons’ trap in Supernatural, it shall not be derived from its original concept; otherwise viewers will be lost and will stop watching the show. Of course, the concept can be widened and can be applied differently, for instance the handcuffs for demons or the bullets engraved with symbols, but bases must remain the same. Without this kind of landmark, it will be open to every excess and the series will become hard to follow, since rules perpetually change. This is also valid for s cience-fiction. By the way, this is the reason why the last
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regeneration of the doctor in Doctor Who triggered such a polemic.
Diaries, Supernatural or The Messengers.
a large choice of shows nowadays. He
The series must keep a stable base of ele-
Their success is not only due to their
needs to feel the urge to watch it again
ments within its own universe. The rules
supernatural dimension, but also thanks
next week, whether it is because of the
settled along the episodes must never
to their very own identity. The first one
romance, the thriller or the cops as in the
evolve. We talk about “Ground Rules”:
contains a very large romantic part, and
very good iZombie. The mere presence
basis rules that we simply c annot depart
the second one introduces a rock’n’roll
of supernatural creatures with will not
from. By the way, in the first season of
atmosphere within the thriller, coupled
be enough anymore.
American Horror Story, we can observe
with the creation of a Judeo-Christian
Jessica Lange doing everything she can so
mythology. Supernatural is not enough
that her daughter complies to the rules,
to make the series successful on the
Recently, a lot of supernatural series
so she can survive. Sadly for her, no
long term, it needs another element,
failed, except for The Strain. The ones
derogation is allowed, all for the b etter.
that makes the series special. This is
remaining exist for several seasons now,
Supernatural is not defined, that is the
the r eason why The Messengers and
such as Supernatural, which will soon
reason why it is so successful, but if the
Constantine did not work. Both series
open its eleventh season. The genre seems
viewer cannot understand the series, he
settled for being mysterious and create
not to be so attractive anymore, maybe
may leave it behind.
adventures, w ithout the viewers ever
because it has been too much used. But
knowing where they were going.
let’s be optimistic and imagine that one
We cannot just say “Watch vampires/
day, a series will take a risk never taken
Supernatural in series is very suc-
mummies/werewolves and stay for
before and will become a reference of
cessful. CW made it its trademark
commercials!” The viewer needs to be
thanks to series such as The Vampire
captivated, since he is confronted to such
The limits of the genre
Is the genre disappearing?
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