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• Absentia Interview With Polish Press
• Stana Katic: Lost but Found After Castle
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• Absentia: FBI Agent Without Her Memory Wants to Recover Her Life
• ‘Absentia’ Article in Supertele
SURVIVE THE DARKNESS
Stana Katic is already familiar to viewers after the Castle mystery series, but now she shows a different facet in a new series. While Castle was a bit lighter, Absentia is a much darker series: a dramatic and disturbing thriller, which begins with an enigmatic case.
What is the mystery that surrounds the protagonist?
Emily Byrne, who I played, was an excellent FBI agent, happy with her husband and young son, but six years before the story begins, she disappeared and the world believed her dead. At the beginning of the series it turns out that Emily is alive, so the man who was thought to have killed her, is released from Death Row.
What did You like first in the series?
Already during the reading of the first four episodes the story got my attention, in particular that it is about a survivor. I’m interested in stories like this. I have read many books about people who survived World War II and the Holocaust. It is interesting to meet a present-day figure who is professional in her career, but at the same time is a mother and a hero, but obviously made mistakes. There is such a layer of her character, which makes me think about what it means to overcome seemingly invincible things, to struggle through the most extreme conditions and stand up from such situations. For me, the discovery of the character started from there.
Why do You see Emily in the first place as a survivor?
When she reappears, it turns out her husband got married again and her young son grew up calling another woman his mother. Her father got sick and her brother had gone through a troubling addiction. One way or another, everyone found themselves moving on, and then out of nowhere she shows up and she has to fit into a world where everything went on without her.
Did You have any new skills you had to master to the role?
I had to learn some new things, some hard things such as go-carting or swimming in ice-cold water and the like.
The episodes were filmed in Bulgaria. How was the shooting experience?
I found it inspirational to work with a highly experienced team. They have filmed the best and greatest action movies of the past one and a half decades. So it was a very well-oiled machine, everyone knew each other, and it was a bit like getting into a family and being warmly greeted.
How was it recording ten episodes at once?
When shooting TV shows, it is usually the habit to film episode to episode, but in this case it was as if we were filming a movie. When we started the work, we had all ten scripts in our hands. This does not mean that we would not dig deeper any time we shot a scene or did not talk in the breaks about how to deepen the story. But from the very beginning we understood, where we are and how we will end it, which helped in creating a credible story.
Do you have a favorite scene?
In one scene, Emily jumps in the lake to escape and climbs out on the other shore from the water. When we filmed it, it was very cold, so much so that the staff/crew and the producers were very worried about it. You take your diving suit, then your costumes, and you’re going to the middle of the lake, while everyone watches breathlessly. Meanwhile you’re also holding your breath because you have no idea what to expect. This scene, with its excellent visual shooting, expresses well the theme of rebirth and recovery, and also who this character is. Emily comes out of a really deep and dangerous place, that is, she didn’t give up. She went beyond the darkness, she fought further, though what she was facing, wanted to extinguish her in the light.
Are there any universal themes in the series that the audience can identify with?
The story is not only a thriller, but also a study of familial relationships and can appeal to everyone. Father and daughter, mother and son, husband and wives, siblings, – and each relationship somehow conflicts with the others. Survival is also an important topic. It is interesting how strong people can be in extraordinary circumstances and how can they overcome. And finally how we are able to heal and rebuild ourselves through these circumstance.
In this series, what interested you the most?
Mostly the unusual family relationship system, but most family relationships are complicated and exciting, aren’t they? Of course, this family is a bit more complicated than the average family, and this is a challenging task for an actor. It is also interesting in the story that the creators have placed a mother in the center. There are not too many stories where a mother is a kind of superhero who, at the same time, is struggling with psychological problems. Yet it can be identified and understood by most age groups.
Translated by Zsuzsanna Gyorffy
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Emily’s alleged serial killer, Conrad Harlow, is being released from jail, and Emily has not come close to solving the mystery of her kidnapping and time in captivity. As Emily struggles to return to normal life, a witness turns up and reinforces the suspicions of Emily. Emily denies the suspicions and is sure the witness is lying and was forced into making a false statement, maybe by someone in the FBI. Will Emily and Nick be able to find out the truth before Emily is again torn from her family?
Home > TV Shows > Absentia > Episode Stills > 1×02 “Reset”
After years of assuming FBI Agent Emily Byrne was a possible victim of serial killer Conrad Harlow, she is miraculously returned to her family. Emily, however, has to struggle with the mysteries of her captivity and the fact that everyone has moved on without her. Investigating Emily’s disappearance,, her husband Nick Durand detects a connection between Emily and a sex trafficker Robert Semerov, who has negative feelings about Emily. When the FBI traces the sex trafficker, suspicion suddenly moves to Emily. Is she still the same person they knew?
Home > TV Shows > Absentia > Episode Stills > 1×01 “Comeback”
I’ve already told you about the first, now it’s the turn of the second. The series created by Oded Ruskin – the origin of False Flag , Homeland ‘s Israeli air program – Absentia is an international collaboration.
The new thriller comes straight from AXN and, to tell you the truth, I did not know at all what channel is dependent on Sony Pictures. It is available in some European countries, and it is to promote its European subsidiary that for the first time it financed with Absentia an original program that was filmed in Bulgaria.
The disadvantage is that no American or French channel has acquired the rights for the time being , whereas the program will be released on September 25 on AXN.
Absentia, what is that talking about?
Emily Byrne is an FBI agent who was held hostage for three years and then missed for another three years, which resurfaced overnight without being able to tell what happened to her.
Did you think of Castle when the writer played by Nathan Fillion disappears having forgotten everything? Yes, before I see the episode. Because really, the tone has nothing to do here.
In the meantime, Emily Byrne’s husband, Nick, has resurrected in Absentia with another woman who raises her son (cuckoo Alias ), and feels torn between the feelings he still feels for his ex-wife and Its fidelity to the present.
So we will follow them to understand what really happened, if it’s a conspiracy or if Emily has become a double agent linked to a series of murders.
Absentia, the new Homeland?
Only the first episode was screened in Monte Carlo, but in any case, it makes you want to see more.
There are many similarities between Homeland and Absentia .
At the level of the investor team already, since the Israeli producers are those who produced Hatufim , the series that inspired Homeland .
But also in terms of tone. Dark and a little stuffy, this thriller is approaching the family drama.
The heroine must prove, against all odds, that his version of the facts is the true one. And even if her loved ones want to support her, they are still in delicate situations where they do not know how to react.
Stana Katic and Patrick Heusinger present their characters in Absentia
Do you know how hard it is to not sully someone you really like? I had to control myself for Stana Katic because I love Castle – which was not at all the subject of his presence here.
And the actress was really nice and pleasant despite her apparent shyness.
In the same way, Patrick Heusinger was very accessible, and it shows that he is super motivated and invested in Absentia , his first series as a lead!
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