The new Netflix drama sequence ‘Messiah’ premieres Jan. 1 and HL spoke EXCLUSIVELY with solid members John Ortiz and Stefania LaVie Owen about what to anticipate and why they had been drawn to the present.
Netflix is kicking off the brand new 12 months with the premiere of the all-new thriller Messiah. The authentic sequence explores the facility of affect and perception within the social media age. Messiah follows CIA officer Eva Geller (Michelle Monaghan) as she uncovers details about a person (Mehdi Dehbi) gaining worldwide consideration by way of acts of public disruption. She should discover out whether or not he’s a divine entity or a misleading con artist earlier than it’s too late. In the midst of this quest, different characters’ lives intersect with Geller and this mysterious man, together with a Texas preacher named Felix (John Ortiz) and his daughter, Rebecca (Stefania LaVie Owen).
HollywoodLife sat down with John and Stefania to debate Felix and Rebecca’s arcs over the course of the season. “I think Rebecca’s character journey goes from her very dark place and having a lot of inner turmoil and having nothing really make sense and not dealing with her demons,” Stefania informed HollywoodLife. “I think throughout the show she kind of frees herself from the past and what felt like defined her and shaped her. When al-Masih meets her, it’s a beacon for hope and kind of escape from her small town that she so desperately wants to leave. You see a teenager kind of flying and realizing her potential and having somebody believe in her. She felt she was so alone in the beginning. So by the end of the show, she really comes into herself as a woman.”
As for Felix, John stated that he cherished how “real” the character felt. “He’s someone who lives in contradiction and in conflict,” John stated. “And that’s like drama personified for me. And he is an incredibly intelligent man who has a strong sense of, of God and connection to it. And yet he’s having, when we meet him, a real emotional and spiritual crisis, and he’s going through a rough patch in his life. And I love how it turns. You see him go through a real renewed sense of purpose. And yet even with that new sense of purpose, things are constantly shifting and changing for him in a real human way. I loved that about him.”
Stefania revealed that she was drawn to Messiah from the second she learn the script. “I was just in awe,” she stated. “And also, it just came off the pages, which doesn’t always happen. I could envision it, and even after I got the role and I read all of the scripts, I couldn’t stop reading. I think it’s just so rich in perspectives and everyone’s character development. Even if the character shows up in just one episode, there is a beginning, middle, and end; a clear arc for their character and the subject matter. I mean I could go on, I could talk about it forever, about how great the show is and why I was drawn to it.”
John was fascinated by the writing. “I just read actually one episode of it and I was in,” he informed HollywoodLife. He spoke with creator/ EP Michael Petroni and director/government producer James McTeigue, who supplied him extra episodes to learn however he turned them down. “It was genuine and real. I could just tell from that one episode and from meeting them that the rest was only going to be better,” John continued. “And they wanted me to read more because Felix wasn’t in a lot of the first show. But I really didn’t need to. I just loved the scope of the story and how global it was and yet how specific and personal it felt. I was just sold from the first minute.” Messiah season 1 will start streaming on Netflix beginning Jan. 1.