〰️

IMG_6210
FAL-MPBTS-005r_HBO
FAL-0107r_warner bros

"[The representation] was really important to me because I felt a lot of times when stories are focused on a certain tragedy or a traumatic event, we're more familiar with the stories of the people more directly affected, I guess you could say. I couldn't stop thinking about there are hundreds, thousands of these kids who were in school the day this happened, and maybe they didn't lose somebody directly, or they didn't see any of the violence, or they weren't even at school that day! It doesn't matter, but they're living with the fallout of this kind of thing and it affects everybody in such a different way. And it's amazing how some of these young people have turned what's happened to them into incredible change in the world and they were able to become these advocates for gun safety and gun reform, but not everybody is able to do that after experiencing something like that.

I think it was important for me to explore the guilt. I haven't been through something like this, but I certainly have experienced trauma and I don't think I'm inherently the person who's able to right away talk about it or bounce back per se, in a way that some people are able to put on a brave face and be that voice. I feel like there's a lot of guilt and shame surrounding that and I really wanted younger people to be reminded that there shouldn't be any guilt and everybody copes in their own way and it doesn't matter. A lot of people have talked to me about trauma hierarchy after situations like this and really feeling that way at their school. Like well I wasn't in that classroom, so why am I still living with this? Why aren't I okay? And I thought that was really important to explore."

"[The representation] was really important to me because I felt a lot of times when stories are focused on a certain tragedy or a traumatic event, we're more familiar with the stories of the people more directly affected, I guess you could say. I couldn't stop thinking about there are hundreds, thousands of these kids who were in school the day this happened, and maybe they didn't lose somebody directly, or they didn't see any of the violence, or they weren't even at school that day! It doesn't matter, but they're living with the fallout of this kind of thing and it affects everybody in such a different way. And it's amazing how some of these young people have turned what's happened to them into incredible change in the world and they were able to become these advocates for gun safety and gun reform, but not everybody is able to do that after experiencing something like that.

I think it was important for me to explore the guilt. I haven't been through something like this, but I certainly have experienced trauma and I don't think I'm inherently the person who's able to right away talk about it or bounce back per se, in a way that some people are able to put on a brave face and be that voice. I feel like there's a lot of guilt and shame surrounding that and I really wanted younger people to be reminded that there shouldn't be any guilt and everybody copes in their own way and it doesn't matter. A lot of people have talked to me about trauma hierarchy after situations like this and really feeling that way at their school. Like well I wasn't in that classroom, so why am I still living with this? Why aren't I okay? And I thought that was really important to explore."

DSCF1123-6

[On "The Society"] "The entire story is about how we design, interact, and create the greatest good between all of us. The most cohesive system for us to live. And it's about — if we start from square one, with kids — if they'll repeat the same mistakes that previous generations have. If the same social ills and violence, the same kind of segregation, and all of that will repeat itself with these kids. And we're just starting that. So the idea with [my] character is he's this pacifist. He's completely against being put in positions to dictate other people's livelihoods. He doesn't feel like a leader whatsoever. I think it'd be really interesting — specifically because the way that he sees the world is certainly in conflict with the forces taking over power going into the second season – to see what sort of begrudging figurehead for a nonviolent, counterrevolutionary movement would look like, played over the course of the seasons. You know what I mean? I think that's what I'd be really interested in, going more in an ideological direction that just survival. Seeing how these kids try to figure out, repeat the same patterns, have the same habits — that we have throughout human history. And see if we can come up with something better or just kill each other in the process."

[On "The Society"] "The entire story is about how we design, interact, and create the greatest good between all of us. The most cohesive system for us to live. And it's about — if we start from square one, with kids — if they'll repeat the same mistakes that previous generations have. If the same social ills and violence, the same kind of segregation, and all of that will repeat itself with these kids. And we're just starting that. So the idea with [my] character is he's this pacifist. He's completely against being put in positions to dictate other people's livelihoods. He doesn't feel like a leader whatsoever. I think it'd be really interesting — specifically because the way that he sees the world is certainly in conflict with the forces taking over power going into the second season – to see what sort of begrudging figurehead for a nonviolent, counterrevolutionary movement would look like, played over the course of the seasons. You know what I mean? I think that's what I'd be really interested in, going more in an ideological direction that just survival. Seeing how these kids try to figure out, repeat the same patterns, have the same habits — that we have throughout human history. And see if we can come up with something better or just kill each other in the process."

Sharon6 – Ryan Pfluger

"Leaving [that relationship], I decided to go back home for the first time after a while in my early twenties. I basically didn’t go back home for like four or five years. So when I finally decided to go back home and get my shit together, things just naturally started unfolding in a way that’s pretty unbelievable. Music was always a passion of mine growing up and in my teenage years, but then I never pursued it seriously, until I lived with my parents. [Laughs] In that way, I feel — obviously not grateful for that relationship because it was unhealthy, manipulative, controlling. He was an addict, he was abusive. Looking back on those years now, and to think that I allowed someone to treat me like that, it’s almost embarrassing because I’m a pretty strong person. But I’m also very forgiving; people see that in me. And most people don’t take advantage of it, but there are the few that do prey on that and those people. I wouldn’t even say that I’ve learned how to be more careful because I am still forgiving, giving, and open. But that one relationship put me on a path to finding an outlet for myself to feel better about things that happened to me."


© 2022

l'Odet is a Midnight Woman brand

© 2021

l'Odet is a Midnight Woman brand