From Interview – Harold Perrineau, Catalina Sandino Moreno & Eion Bailey Talk About the Claustrophobic New Horror Series From Epix
Epix‘s new horror series From is set to premiere tomorrow. The streamer just celebrated an early screening on Twitter that gave fans an early look at what’s to come from the new series. The series comes from Jack Bender (Lost), John Griffin (Crater), and Jeff Pinkner (Lost, Alias).
The series puts us in the midst of a haunting mystery surrounding a desolate town that lures unsuspecting people passing through and traps you presumably forever. To add to this, when the sun sets, creatures emerge and it takes a mysterious totem, and the will to survive and stay indoors to keep yourself from being ripped to shreds by these creatures.
The series brings together an impressive cast lead by Harold Perrineau who plays Sheriff Boyd Stevens whose laws do everything within his power to keep the remaining trapped townsfolk safe from all threats surrounding them and also tasks himself with ushering those unlucky newcomers who find themselves caught in the grasp of this town’s mysteries. Starring alongside Perrineau is Catalina Sandino Moreno (The Affair), Eion Bailey (Once Upon A Time), Hannah Cheramy, Simon Webster, Ricky He (The Good Doctor), Elizabeth Saunders (Clarice), and more.
We had the opportunity to ask a few questions of Perrineau, Moreno, and Baily about the new series. Check out the Q&A below and be sure to check out From when it premieres on Epix tomorrow, February 20th, 2022.
GN: You worked with Jack Bender on last where you were trapped on an island and now he has you in a town where you seemingly can’t escape did this play a part in luring you to the series?
Perrineau: This totally played a part in luring me to the series because what I like to do with Jack Bender is be trapped in places that I can’t get out of. So yeah, it’s kind of a thing I just enjoyed me and Jack stuck in a place for you know, years. Totally a part of what I want to do, I’m glad to be there. I’ll be stuck with Jack anywhere because Jack is just a creative. Look, I’m just gonna say the word genius the guy can do all of it. He’s so visually creative and emotionally creative. As an executive producer, so stick me into an island or in a town or a prison, or in a boat with Jack Bender, and I’m always going to show up.
GN: Perfect. Catalina and Eion, what about the project intrigued you the most? Catalina, we’ll start with you.
Moreno: Um, the reality of the situation, I mean, like, these people are dealing with an incredible amount of pain, and they’re having trouble in the relationship. But at the same time, they’re stuck in this unrealistic world. And how that difference between the real world and this incredible non-real world is happening at the same time, and how this, you know, this situation that the family is stuck in, they’re going to heal, they’re going to resolve a lot of problems that they do have, I just find that very interesting how people will deal if something like that happens to them.
GN: And what intrigued you, Eion?
Bailey: The writing in the way that so much science fiction, I love science fiction is dealing with lofty ideas. And a lot of time is spent on philosophy and explaining technologies. Just by the very nature of that on the writing, you have to show a world and explain a world that is not here yet does not exist yet. And this, this show, really strikes a nice balance between science fiction and a world we do not exactly know ourselves, but also finds the time and the value in exploring relationships on a deeply personal level.
So it’s both science fiction or scary genre, but also a really deep examination of, of human psychology. So to me, that’s the best of both worlds. And that’s what I found in here. And I was really drawn to it.
GN: This sort of goes along with what you’re saying your characters are the newest members of this trapped town, Catalina and Eion, but you also have children with you. So how do you balance a role where you’re having to sort of do the more practical of being parents with the scary situations that are also going along?
Moreno: Well, I think as a parent, I’m speaking for myself, like you put yourself second and your child’s safety first. It doesn’t matter where you are. As long as my kid is safe, then we’re okay. I deal with everything later. But I think that’s kind of like a survival mode. I think that’s kind of like the mother trying to take care of children. And she’s gonna deal with everything later. I think the scary part comes second and their children’s safety comes first.
Bailey: Yeah, and to add to what Catalina saying, as a parent, there is the need, the necessity to hold yourself together. You cannot be indulgent in your paranoia and your fear, because there’s always someone dependent on you. Watching.
Moreno: And your feelings. I mean, like you put your feelings bottom of the bucket. I mean, like you just don’t care so much about yourself just to feel just to be present for your children. I think that’s kind of like what’s most important, or I think for us, yeah.
GN: Final question for all three of you. We’ll see if you guys give the same answer or want a second chance at this. If you had to be trapped in a place that you couldn’t escape. Where would you want it to be and why. Harold, we’ll start with you.
Perrineau: If We were trapped in a place where I couldn’t get out. Where would I want to be? Well, I’m gonna steal from one of the three of us here and I’m gonna go with Catalina. She said, like, if you put me in a place with people I love so if I had my girls with me, you kind of can trap me anywhere. So I just want to be trapped in a place with my girls. As long as it’s not cold. It’s not cold weather. I’ll take it. No, I don’t like snow. I don’t like it. I don’t know why I like nice good weather.
GN: Perfect, and Eion, what about you?
Bailey: I don’t know if I’d want to be trapped in this place forever. But like if I could be trapped inside of a barrel of a wave. Like a significant amount of time. That’d be pretty fantastic.
GN: Perfect and Catalina?
Moreno: Um, I don’t want to be trapped here or be trapped anywhere. But, you know, I said again I know how much my kid grounds me and makes me a sane person, and I know what it feels not to have my kid with me. I just would love to just have him with me wherever. A barrel, Hawaii, I don’t know, whatever, and just be with him.
GN: Thank you, guys.
Thank you to Harold, Catalina, Eion, and Epix for allowing us to ask a few questions.