Sofia Bryant, Misha Osherovich and Stefanie Scott are the protagonists in The Girl In The Woods on Peacock.
In the supernatural drama The Girl In The Woods, monsters are real, kept at bay behind a mysterious door in a cult-like colony. Teenage runaway Carrie’s (Stefanie Scott, “Insidious: Chapter 3”) job is to guard that door, but when strange occurrences begin to shake the sleepy mining town to its core, she must enlist the help of new friends Nolan (Misha Osherovich, “Freaky”) and Tasha (Sofia Bryant, “Blue Bloods”). The group becomes an unlikely trio of monster slayers, determined to save their loved ones. As they fight back, Nolan and Tasha can’t help but wonder…can they really trust Carrie? Small towns sure can be Hell.
I had the opportunity to speak to Sofia Bryant, Misha Osherovich and Stefanie Scot about their characters in The Girl In The Woods. Check out below what they had to say…
Nancy Tapia: Hi everybody! Stefanie, you totally kicked ass. You remind me of someone from the Hunger Games. Misha, Sofia, tell me what were one of the characteristics you liked about your characters?
Sofia Bryant: It’s so hard to choose. I keep saying loyalty. Tasha is very, very loyal to her friends. I also kind of love that she doesn’t have it figured out but she knows that. She’s very aware of how kind of messy she is at times, but she rolls with it. She almost makes it who she is. That’s a lot of what I do when I don’t know what I’m doing. I kind of just roll with the punches and I figure it out, but her loyalty, her love for her friends, it’s never ending. She’s so generous. I’d be her friend.
Nancy Tapia: Misha, I loved your character. It talks so much about something so important right now, which is acceptance.
Misha Osherovich: Yep, Absolutely. I think acceptance and also representation. What Sofia was getting at is I think incredibly important, these kids don’t have it figured out. They don’t know what they’re doing. That’s part of the amazing inventor aspect of the show when it comes to the supernatural and the monsters. But it’s also what makes them human when they’re falling in and out of love and figuring out friendships and relationships. I love that that messiness is so baked into the show because that’s what makes it human. That’s what makes representation so authentic.
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Nancy Tapia: Very much so. Stefanie, how much preparation did you have?
Stefanie Scott: Oh, it was quite a lot of preparation, but in a short amount of time. So for two weeks before I went to Portland, we did three hours a day with a trainer to learn different MMA and martial arts techniques. Then throughout the series, we were there for 10 weeks. I was there every weekend at the production office, learning different sequences and between scenes on set. So we did this show so fast that there really wasn’t much time. So we kind of squeezed it in wherever we could, different training on set. So yeah, I got to learn some fun moves, which is totally the highlight for me. I had a really good time.
Nancy Tapia: I don’t know about you guys, but I’m starting to see hiking in the forest with different eyes. What about you?
Sofia Bryant: Haha…Yeah, I’m easily scared anyway, so I travel in groups when I do stuff like that anyway, but yeah, camping is a little harder now.
Stefanie Scott: Yeah, it’s kind of exciting. You never know what you’re going to stumble upon.
Nancy Tapia: Yeah, very true. Now there’s something that keeps being brought up “pain is a symptom of sacrifice.” For your character, Stefanie, she says “sacrifice is a symptom of love.” What’s your take on that?
Stefanie Scott: It’s interesting. That’s kind of their motto at the colony, but they speak on how it’s okay to hurt somebody because it’s for the highest good. But, I don’t know. I guess it’s kind of up to your own interpretation cause it can be heard and thought of in a lot of different ways. But I do like that moment when she says sacrifice is a symptom of love.
Misha Osherovich: I also think it’s this amazing thing where Carrie comes to the real world with these beliefs, from the cult, like pain is a symptom of sacrifice. Then she has to do some unlearning and that unlearning happens with Tasha and Nolan. We kind of show her what a different way of living, a more loving way of living looks like. I think that it’s almost the contrast of those motto’s versus the real world that I think is where the show really flies.
Sofia Bryant: Yeah. I think she really, really learns as do Nolan and Tasha. They definitely adopt some things from her, but Tasha and Nolan really show her that people can be good. Just out of the goodness of their heart and friends are a thing and you can have a loving dynamic with other people. I think personally my thoughts on that motto from the cult, I of course believe that love should never cost anything and it should never be painful. And if it is, that’s not love.
Nancy Tapia: That’s correct. Well, thank you guys so much for your time and congratulations on this project.
Sofia Bryant: Thank you.
Nancy Tapia: Thank you. You guys take care.
The Girl In the Woods will be streaming on Peacock October 21, 2021
Source: LRMExclusive, Peacock