We recently had a chance to speak with Lovell Adams-Gray who stars in the Netflix original series, Slasher 2: Guilty Party. Adams-Gray plays Peter, the moral compass of the group who steps up as a leader in the middle of chaos.
Read on to learn how Slasher compares to other shows on television, how the new season differs from the previous, the importance of diversity, and how his favorite color was inspired by a hit anthology series.
Bryce Cameron: What is your favorite thing about being a part of the Slasher series?
Lovell Adams-Gray: My favorite thing about being a part of the Slasher series is probably being a part of such a fantastic anthology series. I think the fans and the fan base are some of the best fans that we have in Canadian television, all over the world actually. I think that it’s an honor to be a part of the series. It’s an honor to be a part of the writing process of Aaron Martin, to be a part of the creative process. It’s just an honor.
You’ve acted in a lot of projects. What separates Slasher from other things you’ve worked on in the past?
One of the main things that separates this project from a lot of the things I’ve done and am working on still… I feel like the projects I’ve worked on have more of a political background, political aspect. I believe that this project isn’t as politically adapted as others, but I think that it still has something big and bold to say. The diversity of the casting and the interesting characters so far.
How key do you think it is in 2017 to have a diverse cast, and do you think that gives your show an edge by being representative of those who will be watching your show?
I think it is probably one of the most important things in today’s age to not only have diverse casting in terms of race but diverse casting in terms of sexual orientation, in terms of ability. I think that’s the way the world is shifting. I think the most important thing is to be in front of that and to helm that. Something like Slasher, that everyone can get behind and is a horror series, everyone loves a horror series. I think to be at the forefront of that and to have such diverse cast, who are all talented people at the end of the day, it’s something that’s phenomenal.
What can viewers expect with Slasher Season 2: Guilty Party?
(Laughs) A lot of cold, a lot of snow, and an amazing story. I think what separates this second season from the first season is that everything is so intertwined. You’ll never get the plot twists. You’ll never be able to figure out what’s going on until it is actually revealed to you. You won’t be able to call it ahead [of time]. You won’t be able to pick it out and say, ‘this person is doing it,’ ‘I think this person is in cahoots.’ It’s a good ride to be a part of and viewers won’t see what’s coming.
Do you think it’s important to keep the viewers constantly guessing throughout the season?
Absolutely, especially with something like Netflix where you can watch the entire series in one sitting. I think that it’s necessary to keep viewers engaged by keeping them on their toes and keeping them guessing on that ride.
How does your character Peter fit into the overall narrative of the new season?
Peter is the linchpin I find of this season. I feel like he is the moral compass. He is the moral backbone of this season because he makes some hard decisions, ultimately some very hard decisions and has to be the leader. He has to step up and be the leader that this camp needs. He has to step up at such a young age and in an environment where he’s not appointed to be a leader. There is so much chaos going around, and he says, ‘I have to step up and do this thing.’ Not only as a black character, but to be such a young guy going ahead and saying, ‘you know what, follow me and I’ll take you here,’ among this whole horror chaotic-infused environment.
Are you anything like your character Peter?
We share a lot of similarities. His cadence and the way he holds himself — we share that respect. I’ve drawn on a lot of my past in terms of relationship experience to bring to this character. His vulnerability is something we share the most.
Do you think it’s important to have relatable characters when you’re putting out a series on a platform like Netflix that so many people watch?
It’s absolutely important to have relatable characters. The biggest thing as an artist, as an actor, is storytelling. That’s the root of all humanity. To be relatable and to tell a story that someone could watch and say, ‘yeah I would do that, I would say that,’ it’s part of what keeps people wanting to watch the show. To see someone in such a heightened situation do the most sensible thing and do something that you would do, to not go in that room or run away at a point, that’s what makes it the most compelling.
There are shows on air right now like American Horror Story and also the movie IT that just came out. What do you attribute to the resurgence of the horror genre?
People want to be thrilled. People want to be scared. They want something that is going to be new and exciting that’s going to shake them up and not in a way that’s going to tell them what to do, what to fear, or what to watch. Thrill me. Excite me. Keep me on the edge of my seat engaged and keep me watching. We spend a lot of time focusing on these long-winded narratives, which I find fantastic and compelling, but there needs to be a resurgence of good old fashion fear and scare-the-heck-out-of-me.
How would you fare in a real life version of Slasher?
(Laughs) I think first and foremost, I’d have a weapon in my hands at all times. I’m not sleeping. I might be the character to either leave first, get out of the group situation, and avoid any kind of relationship connection. I don’t want to have any personal connection with anyone, but if you die, I’ll be sad about it. I’d be the lone wolf.
What’s the one thing you want people to know the most about Slasher?
We all work very hard and we all went through frigid temperatures like The Revenant. The writing and script edit to the post production, everyone put their best foot forward to make the best content on television. We tried to stay true to the original fan base. This show has 100 percent of everyone in it.
I heard your favorite color is red because of the red Power Ranger. Would you ever want to play the Red Ranger on the big screen?
Absolutely man! That’s always been a thing of mine. Red something. I’ve always associated red with leadership and passion. There was an episode of Power Rangers where they had all the red rangers and that was the best. It would be an honor and nod to my childhood to be a part of that anthology.
Slasher Season 2: Guilty Party will be available for streaming on Netflix October 17
(All images via Lane Dorsey)