Just in time for Halloween, Netflix‘s horror anthology series, Slasher: Guilty Party, returns for its second season on October 17th. With it comes the introduction of Lovell Adams-Gray to the series who plays Peter Broome. Lovell’s previous work has included work in various short films including The Olde Proverb, which he wrote and co-produced. We had the opportunity to chat it up with Lovell about his inspirations, Geekly favorites, acting and more. Check out the interview below and catch Slasher: Guilty Party this month!
DFAT: What was it about watching The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air that gave you inspiration to act?
Lovell: There was this episode that moved me so much as a kid. It was when Will’s father came to visit and made him think he was staying for good; making Will drop his guard and let him in. That last monologue after his father abandoned him again brought me to tears. Also, on a not so serious note, Will Smith was so funny on the show.
DFAT: I remember that episode, it was a tearjerker! Switching to a more fun topic: You also have some geeky qualities about you from your love of Zelda to your favorite color being red because of the Power Rangers. What other geeky things are you into?
Lovell: I think my Lupe Fiasco fandom might be considered a geeky trait of mine. I also love puzzles, I’m a pretty big gamer, and I read a lot too. I’m currently reading the Divine Comedy and Revolutionary Suicide, Huey P. Newton’s autobiography.
DFAT: We do love our video games over here as well. Amongst gaming and reading books, you’re also a producer. Tell us about co-founding your own production company BdbProductions Inc.
Lovell: BDB stands for Big Dreamer’s Brotherhood, and oddly enough, started as a Whatsapp group. All seven of us with the company are talented, hardworking, and multi-faceted artists with one goal; To make compelling, truthful and elevating art together. It’s a beautiful feeling to be able to make art of the highest quality with your friends. It helps take the anxiety out of acting and puts you in the driver’s seat with complete control.
DFAT: Sounds like you have a good group of people working on something amazing. Let’s get into your latest acting project. In SLASHER: GUILTY PARTY you play the character of Peter Broome, does Peter have any similarities to you? What was it like filming in the dead of winter?
Lovell: Peter Broome is a leader who allows his soft side to get the best of his judgment. I fall into the same traps. We’re all heart and, ultimately, want to love and be loved by others. That leads to some complicated situations a lot of the time, as you’ll see in the show. Shooting in the dead of winter had some of the most frigid temperatures I’ve ever experienced. Bone chilling cold. Sometimes the crew couldn’t even work because it was so cold. I believe Canadian grips and gaffers are some of the toughest in the world.
DFAT: We’re not envious of that weather at all! How is it being a part of a horror series like Slasher and Dead of Summer compare to some of your more subtle roles?
Lovell: It’s a joy and honor to be a part of an anthology series like this. Slasher has such a loyal and dedicated fan base, and they have been waiting so patiently for a second season. It’s awesome to be able to give them what they want. My favorite thing about being a part of Dead of Summer was shooting on location. They built an entire campground in Minaty Bay, B.C., and it was mesmerizing. I’m used to studio and indoor shoots, so that was a nice change of scenery.
DFAT: I’m sure it helps your acting out as well to be at an actual location as well. Do you have a favorite Slasher?
Lovell: If I was allowed, I’d say the first season of this Slasher series, simply because the killer chopped an old lady to pieces in the first episode. That’s breaking a lot of rules! However, for the sake of not being biased, I’d have to go with Freddy Krueger because you can’t escape him once he’s in your dreams. That to me is terrifying.
DFAT: You can’t ever escape your nightmares right!? If you could pick classic trope (jock, geek, bully, etc) in a horror movie, what would it be and why?
Lovell: I’d definitely be a jock because they always believe they can defeat the killer, and I like that. I’m not one to go out without a fight.
DFAT: Hahaha, great answer! Without giving away the fate of your character in Slasher, what do you have coming up next for you?
Lovell: I’m currently on stage at Theatre Aquarius in Hamilton, Ontario with the production of A Few Good Men. Additionally, my production company BDB has three films slated for release as early as this fall to mid-2018, starting with the short film Residue directed by Shonna Foster.
Thanks so much to Lovell for taking the time to chat with us. Make sure you check him out in Slasher: Guilty Party when it premieres on Netflix on October 17th.