EXCLUSIVE | ‘From’ star Avery Konrad on playing Sara Myers: ‘It was super intriguing to play her’
Five episodes of “From” and the horror drama EPIX has been one of television’s most gripping series. Created and written by John Griffin and produced by the Russo Brothers, the story is set in a fictional town in America that traps visitors who are also haunted by mysterious nocturnal creatures if they go outside after dark. One of the actresses in the series is Avery Konrad, who has been at the center of the story since its inception.
Her character Sara Myers is troubled and, at this point in the series, is one of the more complex personalities. Considered one of the people stuck in the city under the influence of whatever possesses it, she was the focus of episodes 4 and 5. In an exclusive interview with MEAWW, Konrad sheds light on Sara’s role, ‘ From’ and what lies ahead.
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How was a role in “From” born?
The audition for ‘From’ went like most of my other auditions and when I saw that the executive producers of ‘Lost’ were attached to it. I was really excited and a big fan of the show. I used to watch it every week and then I would come down and read Sara’s (Myers’) breakdown. She was super intriguing to me and had a lot of depth. It was super exciting.
I really connected to the material and put it on tape. A few weeks later, my agent told me he wanted to test me, which was crazy because it sounded like a dream project. So the process itself was quite exciting. Less than 24 hours later I found out I had gotten the part and within two weeks I was on a plane to Nova Scotia for filming!
What can you tell us about Sara Myers?
Like we’ve seen on the show, everybody’s fighting, and I think the intriguing thing about Sara and what I love so much about her is that she gets caught up in these really unfortunate situations which everyone is, but she’s more vulnerable than the rest of them. . And trying to cover that up and find the layers inside of that was a huge challenge for me as an actor because she was so well written and was actually beautifully flawed. It was just great to play it. It’s also every actor’s dream to play a role as deep as her.
Was Sara one of the few who knew what was happening to people on the show?
As much as she’s caught up in those situations, I think because she’s kind of so vulnerable, open, and in that heightened situation, her character is in trouble. But I think because she has an open wound so to speak, she may be more vulnerable than some townspeople.
What were your first thoughts when you read the script and what can the audience expect?
My first thoughts when I read the script were very intriguing. It was so intriguing to see that there’s so much going on all the time and I love how all of these characters are grounded and different and that makes the show interesting. And that comes from the creator, and the other part is the incredibly talented cast that we brought these characters to life. I think that’s what makes the characters so special.
I feel like the show is already established, which is very special to watch. You kind of catch them in their day-to-day life, like you don’t feel like you’re happening with them. You are already there in their situation. As far as what people can expect from the show is that you can always expect the unexpected.
What were some of the challenges you faced while playing the character?
It was my first time playing a character that was going through a lot of trauma, it was definitely a hurdle to overcome and lean on my cast mates because a lot of us were going through this for the first time. So having a group of people to lean on during those days when you don’t want to bring work home, so to speak, but sometimes you just can’t help but. I think because she goes through all this traumatic stuff all the time, it was a tough thing to shake off at the end of the day.
How hard was it to be on set, especially during the pandemic?
The top priority of production is to ensure everyone’s health and safety. So when we all flew in, we were all quarantined for two weeks, we were tested several times a week. We were masked when we weren’t shooting scenes, doing social distancing, all that kind of stuff. And then we went through five months of filming smoothly on the road. So I am very grateful to everyone who has kept us safe and healthy throughout this time.
What’s next for Avery Konrad?
I just finished a comedy for Paramount and it’s called “Honor Society” with Angourie Rice. It’s kind of like a coming-of-age story about her finishing high school and, um, I’m playing one of her best friends who’s super clumsy. And it was a ton of fun and I can’t wait for everyone to see it!