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Season 1 Scoop — Exclusive – Hollywood Life


‘For All Mankind’ is introducing us to a complete new world. The forged of the Apple TV+ sequence spoke with HL about exploring an alternate historical past concerning the area race, being a girl in 1969, and extra.

For All Mankind has countless prospects in terms of storytelling. The Apple TV+ sequence explores what would have occurred if the area race had by no means ended. This “what if” tackle historical past will concentrate on the lives of astronauts, engineers, and their households. One of NASA’s predominant focuses is sending a girl into area, in order that shifts the dynamics of the characters fairly a bit. HollywoodLife sat down EXCLUSIVELY with Sarah Jones, Shantel VanSanten, Wrenn Schmidt, and Jodi Balfour to speak about what we are able to anticipate from this alternate historical past sequence.

Sarah performs Tracy Stevens, whom she calls a “reluctant housewife.” Tracy is the spouse of astronaut Gordo Stevens. Sarah says that Tracy has “put any sort of ambition she had that might’ve been her own to the side, banking on the notion that her husband would probably have more of a chance of becoming an astronaut or getting to the moon.” Once she joins the astronaut coaching program, Sarah teases that the “tides start to turn, things start to shift, and she starts to recognize herself as an individual.”

Jodi, who performs Ellen Waverly, provides that Tracy’s “realization that this is actually something she wants for herself is such a wonderful conduit for taking us into sort of the way the world changes when the women joined the program.” Ellen is a fellow trainee alongside Tracy. “I feel like you don’t really think much of her for a little while,” Jodi says. “And then, slowly but surely, I could sort of create a space for myself in the overall narrative. And suddenly you realize you’re learning so much about this woman and that there’s far more than the eye sees initially. I feel like my storyline really becomes about, and everybody’s is to an extent, the sacrifices people make in order to be at NASA and do what they want to do. There’s a lot of personal sacrifices she endures in order to be an astronaut.”

Wrenn is Margo Madison, the primary girl in mission management at NASA. “It’s 1969, so you stick genius in a woman’s body in that time period and nobody really wants to listen to her,” Wrenn tells HollywoodLife. “She’s usually the smartest person in the room, but she’s not necessarily as far along in her career as she would like to be. So that’s kind of where she’s at when we meet her.”

Shantel performs Karen Baldwin, the supportive spouse of astronaut Edward Baldwin, performed by Joel Kinnaman. Karen and Ed perform as just about the “poster couple” of NASA. However, Shantel notes that there’s rather more than meets the attention in terms of Karen. “Throughout the season and more towards the end, we see a lot of the parts of her that she holds on to and the anchor that she has in the past and not wanting progress out of fear and wanting to control everything, a lot of that gets broken apart and chipped away at.”

Shantel VanSanten at HollywoodLife’s NYC portrait studio. (Photographer: Paige Kindlick)
Wrenn Schmidt
Wrenn Schmidt at HollywoodLife’s NYC portrait studio. (Photographer: Paige Kindlick)

Each of those characters will face their fair proportion of challenges over the course of the season. Shantel admits that she didn’t all the time agree with Karen’s opinions, particularly in terms of progress and alter. “I feel as though that was the challenge for me,” Shantel continues. “Karen resists it for so long until it kind of comes crashing down on her. I had to understand why there was resistance to it and find an empathetic part of myself that maybe could understand where a woman would come out of fear for the things that were happening. I didn’t always like Karen and I definitely didn’t always agree with her in myself. But that’s where you’re playing a character and you have to understand the trajectory of the story we’re telling. To be the anchor in the past and the one who isn’t fighting for progress as much was so interesting and went against everything in my head and in my own heart. But then you realize she is fighting for something actually. She’s fighting for what she believes in, which is her pride of the program, her husband, the sacrifices it takes in order to do the job she’s doing, to be the one that’s left behind, to be the one that isn’t involved but is involved in it was really interesting in such a way that kind of sucked me in. In the end, it taught me to be a lot more open to different dynamics of women.”

Karen and Margo couldn’t be extra totally different. Wrenn acknowledges the stark variations between the 2 characters whereas sitting subsequent to Shantel. “You have Margo who’s very focused on her career and is not interested in having a family and is very much about her job and is kind of pushing up against a lot of gender barriers and stereotypes,” Wrenn says. “On the other side, you’ve got a woman who has also made a really strong choice. I don’t want to speak for Shantel but I feel like it’s kind of nice to have us both here because I think our characters represent different things. But I also feel like we both play fully-fleshed out characters and we’re both fighting our own battles.” For All Mankind will premiere Nov. 1 on Apple TV+.


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