Actors Ed Westwick, Erika Christensen, Jeremy Sisto, Taissa Farmiga, Gabriel Luna, Evan Ross and Karolina Wydra joined Executive Producers Amy B. Harris and Steven Baigelman this afternoon at the Television Critics Association press tour to discuss their new show Wicked City, a show about a pair of murderers set in 1980’s Los Angeles around the Sunset Strip.
The series premieres Tuesday, October 27 at 10PM on ABC.
For Christensen, the role was very different from her role on Parenthood, and the actress agreed that her new character is “a good 180” from Julia.
“What really struck me about Ms. Betty Beaumont is how quickly she might change from the outset, when we made her, to the end of the pilot,” Christensen explained. “Right away, you get the sense that she’s all in for whatever this is with Kent. And, then, of course, I don’t actually know, but I’m betting she goes down the rabbit hole with him, and I find that really interesting from where she starts, a nurse and single mom, you know, kind of a cowed person, not superconfident, not super comfortable in her own skin, and she may blossom.”
To prepare for the role of Kent Galloway, Ed Westwick referred to “a great resource” – his mother is a psyschologist, and they had “quite interesting questions.” Beyond that, he described Kent as “an individual who is living multiple personalities.”
“It’s one of the ways we see him manipulate so easily and so well the people that he interacts with. For me, I did research into the serial killers that we all know. Ted Bundy, you know, his charm is ‑‑ he’s notorious, or was notorious, was influenced, however you want to think about it. So, I mean, for me, that kind of resonates it when thinking about how Kent would be. So there was all of that that came into my thinking and my process. And as the story develops and as I learn more as the scripts come in, I will be informed more, and that journey will continue for me,” he said. “I think he knows what he wants to do and he’s a master of manipulation and he can become whoever he wants in order to achieve his goals. And we see that a fair bit in the first episode, and I think that’s something that we are going to explore further as the story continues.”
Beyond these killers and the cops who are pursuing them, the Sunset Strip itself is a character, and one reporter asked how accurately they will be able to reproduce the old look of the Strip from 35 years ago. “There’s a lot of the strip that does look the same, actually,” creator and Executive Producer Steven Baigelman said. “We have to be very, very careful about how we shoot things, and we have great visual effects working for us, andwe are able to really recreate the era pretty much down to the way it was. I think you are going to find that when you watch the show, you are not going to watch it from a place of nostalgia. You are actually going to feel like you are there,” he continued.
Wicked City premieres Tuesday, October 27 on ABC. Below, find some photos from the Wicked City TCA session!
TCA SUMMER PRESS TOUR 2015 - "Wicked City" Session - The cast and producers of ABC's "Wicked City" at Disney | ABC Television Group's Summer Press Tour 2015 at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. (ABC/Image Group LA) JEREMY SISTO, TAISSA FARMIGA, EVAN ROSS, ED WESTWICK, ERIKA CHRISTENSEN, KAROLINA WYDRA, GABRIEL LUNA