Unique: The Midwich Cuckoos stars Keeley Hawes opens up about their ‘relatable function’ in Stan sci-fi collection

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Keeley Hawes is an icon of modern-day British TV drama. With roles in Ashes to Ashes, Spooks, Line of Obligation, Bodyguard, and extra lately, It is A Sin.

Now in 2022, Hawes stars alongside Synnøve Karlsen, Aisling Loftus, Ukweli Roach, Lara Rossi and Max Beesley in Stan’s new science-fiction collection, The Midwich Cuckoos.

Based mostly on the 1957 novel by John Wyndham, the collection tells the story of an English village, the place the ladies who dwell there turn out to be pregnant by parasitic aliens.

Stream The Midwich Cuckoos on Stan.

Hawes performs Dr. Susannah Zellaby, a psychotherapist who lives within the titular village and could be very a lot on the middle of the thriller.

Hawes lately spoke to 9Entertainment concerning the new collection and the way it really is a really relatable storyline.

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Keeley Hawes as Dr. Susannah Zellaby in Stan’s The Midwich Cuckoos. (Stan)

“I’ve performed a little bit of sci-fi earlier than, however this simply felt so completely different and weird. It is so grounded in actuality and actually looks like one thing that might be potential,” Hawes mentioned.

“We by no means might have imagined that this present could be described as ‘relatable’. However due to the time that we have all been by way of, it definitely does have parallels with COVID and the pandemic and the lockdowns, and the federal government taking up and folks being remoted.”

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This 2022 collection makes a considerable shift from the unique supply materials. Within the authentic novel, Hawescharacter Zellaby is a professor, considerably of an outsider, and male.

“My character within the guide – within the authentic – was performed by a person however that is such a feminine story. It is a couple of ladies’s city and their our bodies being taken over by this… drive,” she mentioned.

“We do not know what it’s, which is a part of the thriller of the present. This story is about ladies so it could be form of weird if it was not led by ladies or from the perspective of ladies.”

Keeley Hawes, It's A Sin, Stan
Keeley Hawes as seen on It is A Sin. (Stan)

The thriller featured in The Midwich Cuckoos could be very a lot the identical as the unique: Sooner or later, all of the residents of a spot referred to as Midwich go out and after they regain consciousness, they uncover that each girl of child-bearing age is instantly pregnant.

Accelerated pregnancies result in a bunch of simultaneous births earlier than it quickly turns into clear that there is extra to the telepathic children than meets the attention.

For Synnøve Karlsen, who performs Zellaby’s daughter, the standard of the script is what referred to as her to this mission.

“For me it was undoubtedly concerning the script. I wasn’t looking for out a sci-fi mission, however, when I learn the scripts, I undoubtedly seen one thing that I wished to be part of,” she informed 9Entertainment.

Synnøve Karlsen and Rachel Hurd-Wooden as seen within the Stan collection ‘Clique’. (Stan)

On explaining the connection between Zellaby and Cassie, Hawes mentioned, “Cassie has had numerous issues with psychological well being and dependancy, and while Susannah could be very ready and succesful and sensible at her job and in a position to assist different folks’s kids, she hasn’t been in a position to assist her personal daughter, so that could be a supply of frustration for her.”

The fabric may sound heavy, however each Hawes and Karlsen revealed the ambiance on set whereas making The Midwich Cuckoos was enjoyable.

“We laughed so much collectively, and when you might be doing a present like this, it does stretch your creativeness often,” Hawes mentioned.

“We attempt to maintain mild, and having kids round us on a regular basis for that as nicely as a result of they’re unaware of any issues that is likely to be happening with the shoot on the day or the placement or one thing.

“So it is fairly a very good lesson to be taught actually, simply to be extra like them and be within the second. It was a beautiful factor being round.”

Keeley Hawes, Stan
Keeley Hawes as Dr. Susannah Zellaby in Stan’s The Midwich Cuckoos. (Stan)

And whereas alien assaults by way of human pregnancies are storylines of fiction, Hawes is a believer that there is extra life on the market on the planet.

“It is fascinating, is not it? I feel the Individuals put an announcement out earlier yesterday saying there’s something [out there],” she mentioned.

“And it says one thing concerning the world that we’re in for the time being, that they’ll put out an announcement like that and nobody actually takes any discover, as a result of at this level it is like, OK, carry it on!”

Stream The Midwich Cuckoos on Stan.

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