M&C: The Magicians is terrific. It’s smart, cinematic and unique. What struck you most when you read the script?
Stella Maeve: Julia, these characters, and the books have this underbelly of darkness and grit. The show is also not afraid to make fun of itself.
Most shows in the fantasy genre don’t possess a raw, real, organic element combined with magic and fun, flawed human beings, which makes them difficult to understand. I love that.
M&C: Julia so wants to develop her powers, powers that seem to come easily to her friends. We can see how important it is. Is there anything you can relate to in that longing?
SM: I felt as if Julia’s “determination” and “longing” was more comparable to an addiction. This “thing”, this “magic”, got a hold of her, she became consumed by it.
And as a result, she was behaving in ways she never would have prior, finding herself in compromising positions with an entire spiral of events to come.
M&C: The Magicians is set in a series of worlds, some real some not, that stir the imagination. Does that help you as an actor?
SM: I think it’s harder as an actor to go to a “fantasy world”. However it’s extremely fun to get to travel to these mystical magical lands to play and to use your imagination.
However, there are no rules. It isn’t real life so what are the boundaries?
Luckily, the way this is written, we as these characters get to have those “uh…what the hell” moments where weird creatures pop out of nowhere and we can remind ourselves of the obscenity and ridiculousness of it all.
M&C: There are really disturbing moments that spring from naturalism, not from shock or gore. Did you find it scary?
SM: Julia goes through the most horrific journey in the entire series. It gets really, really dark. It’s always scary, being vulnerable. Being able to throw yourself into what you’re doing, and make those events, those emotions, true to yourself at that time and believing your truth as that character.
Syfy renewed the filmed-in-Vancouver fantasy series The Magicians for a second season today. Based on a trilogy of books by Lev Grossman, The Magicians follows Quentin Coldwater (Jason Ralph) as he leaves Brooklyn for a secret college of magic in upstate New York, where he and his friends learn how to practice magic and travel to the magic land of Fillory. Other Physcial Kids include Quentin’s friend Eliot (Hale Appleman), Alice (Olivia Taylor Dudley), Julia (Stella Maeve), Margo/known as Janet in books (Summer Bishil) and Penny (Arjun Gupta). Among their teachers are Dean Fogg (Rick Worthy) and Professor Sunderland (Anne Dudek). Other characters: Eliza the paramedic (Esme Bianco) and Penny’s love interest Kady (Jade Tailor).
“Thanks to an extraordinarily gifted creative team of executive producers and our partners at Universal Cable Productions, The Magicians has become a buzzed-about hit, enchanting fans of the novels as well as attracting new and younger audiences to Syfy”, said Syfy and Chiller president Dave Howe.
One of the pleasures of watching this Harry-Potter-crossed-with-Narnia series is seeing different parts of the University of British Columbia campus transformed into the Brakebills University for Magical Pedagogy. The Magicians filmed its pilot in New Orleans, but featured UBC as Brakebills University in its second episode.
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The world premiere of “Long Nights Short Mornings” will be at SXSW Film Festival in the category Narrative Spotlight, in march.
High profile narrative features receiving their World, North American or U.S. premieres at SXSW.
Long Nights Short Mornings
Director/Screenwriter: Chadd Harbold
An examination of the romantic life of a young man in New York City and his sometimes fleeting, sometimes profound experiences with the women he encounters.
Cast: Shiloh Fernandez, Ella Rae Peck, Paten Hughes, Layla Koshnoudi, Christine Evangelista, Cassandra Freeman, Helen Rogers, Stella Maeve, Natalia Dyer, Ebonee Noel, Addison Timlin, Louis Balletta (World Premiere)