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?

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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?

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At the Monte-Carlo television festival this year, two series were presented in preview: The Last Tycoon and Absentia .

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.

Stana Katic, who follows just after the end of Castle , and also Patrick Heusinger, not yet well known (seen in Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce ) and who takes down a leading role here.

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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Two new promos for Absentia with new footage, via AXN Portugal.


 

The Absentia series  is at the very moment very classic for police-sensation production. Emily Byrne ( Stana Katic ), an FBI agent, disappears without a trace while investigating a serial killer. After six years, through an anonymous phone, she is found in a forest hut. She does not remember anything that happened when she was detained, or at least claimed. Her return home is not as joyful as she might think. Her husband Nick ( Patrick Heusinger ), also an FBI agent, has already reconciled with her death and managed to get married again. Son Flynn (Patrick McAuley), because of his young age, also does not remember her and rather treats his father’s new wife – Alice ( Cara Theobold ) – as his real mother. All in all, her brother Jack ( Neil Jackson ), a good doctor once, fought hard. In one word – the world she came back to has long forgotten about her and her sudden appearance to many is a big problem.

At the same time, an investigation is underway, both by the FBI and by the cop, who was present at the discovery of Emily. Tommy Gibbs ( Angel Bonanni ) wants to solve the mystery of her disappearance. As it is easy to imagine, the FBI and the police do not cooperate successfully.

Read what the producers tell us about this production!

Stana Katic: I think this psychological aspect has drawn me to this story. It is not one-dimensional and simple. We have an FBI agent, an avid revenge on the man who robbed her from six years of age. For this she must fight with jealousy and despair for her lost family. Suddenly someone took her place and did not melt in the air just because Emily came back. Her husband loves another one already.

Patrick Heusinger: If it were only the return show of a lost wife home, it would probably be a boring soap opera. However, we go much further. Emily came back for some reason. Someone specially held her in hiding for so many years. The fact that she was released now is not irrelevant. This puzzle is our biggest asset. Heroes along with the audience discover what’s going on.

Stana Katic: This is a completely different series than Castle ,  with whom I’ve been involved for so many years. There every episode was a closed story. Of course there was a thread in every season, but it was just an add-on and it was changing a lot. Here we have everything run like in a full-length action movie. Absentia is not as funny as Castle. It has a more serious and dark tone.

Absentia’s action takes place in Boston, but 100% of the shootings took place in Sofia, Bulgaria. There were a dozen or so streets that were a faithful copy of the American. They are standing on them cars and radios on the Boston registrations. As if I had slept all the way and woke up on the set, I would have no problem telling myself that we are in the USA.

Interestingly, there were several alternative approaches to the scene where Patrick had to react more or less emotionally to the message. I do not know, of course, which version we will see on the screen, but both came out cool. As it happens on the set, it did not go without many repetitions, and it was … the cars. Now the actors had the task of driving around the cemetery, placing flowers, and then after receiving the news, quickly get to one of the cars and drive away. The key was the distance between parking the two cars, which was too many times and the vehicle the heroes had to leave, could not do it smoothly without correction. I hope you will be able to see the bloopers from these scenes someday, because Ralph’s nervousness for the fast and smooth departure was hilarious.

Interesting thing. The gravestones that you can see on one of the photographs are made of polystyrene, moreover they were used in many other productions. They come from a magazine that contains only tombstones borrowed to shoot scenes in cemeteries. Not all of them have been checked to make sure each one is fictitious. There is even a special department dealing only with this issue.

I also had the opportunity to see the mysterious hut in which the main character was found and perhaps she was held. According to one of the team’s representatives, the key to solving the puzzle lies in this small cottage. After seeing a few things left by the crew I guess what it is, but I will leave this knowledge to myself not to ruin your fun.

Is it a serial of one season? Stana states that there are opportunities to continue.

“We will see how the audience will accept our production. We leave ourselves a gate to return to our heroes. We did our best work as we could. Now in the hands of the spectators. Also those in Poland.”

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1. How & when did you become conscious about how your lifestyle affects the planet?

I think a lot of it was just part of my upbringing. People in my family have always had gardens & fruit trees; a lot of my family had household livestock. So, the importance of chemical-free food sources and “nothing goes to waste” mentality was something I was raised with. I suspect caring for the environment was a natural outcropping from that foundation.

2. How important is it for celebrities & influencers to encourage people to be green?

People with a large outreach on social media can be particularly helpful educators. Lifestyle choices that are kind to our natural surroundings are often fun, healthy and easy. Highlighting helpful pointers can do an immense amount to open up new and improved ideas on “how to do it better.”

We can also shed light on current events that are perhaps not covered by mainstream media but are particularly vital to the environment.

Finally, public individuals can be key in giving new green technology the PR boost needed to leap into the marketplace and make products accessible and affordable for everyone.

3. Do you feel your audience is starting to adopt some of your eco-friendly habits?

EMA Board Member Amy Smart posted a video highlighting a clever way to make composting easier. It was serendipitous as I had been looking for more efficient ways to create good, juicy compost for my fruit trees. So, as an audience member myself, I can say I’m definitely adopting other people’s nature-friendly habits.

4. With the 27th Annual EMA Awards around the corner, what is your fondest EMA Awards memory?

I was part of the committee judging documentaries one year. It was the year GMO OMG and Virunga were nominated. All of the documentaries that year were impactful and entertaining. I was moved by them and made a point of sending a shout-out for each one of those projects on my social media platforms. It was a privilege to serve to broaden their reach & audience through the EMA Awards.

5. Do you think people in Europe & Canada are more inclined to be green than here in the US?

Not necessarily. City infrastructure like waste-management (with accountable nation-wide recycling & composting receptacles) or efficient public transit may be more developed outside of the US– Japan is admirable on both of these fronts.
But as far as the average American is concerned, I see many smaller towns and communities that are very diligent about protecting natural waterways from polluting agents, for instance. And then there’s the whole “farm-to-table” movement that is bringing a larger demand for farmers-market-styled, locally-sourced foods.

The wonderful thing about living “green” is that it often entails simple decisions that in many ways create a healthier & more satisfying lifestyle; and I think Americans –especially small farmers and green tech innovators– are doing a great job of leading the way to fueling our bodies and our communities into a healthy and lucrative future.

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