Lana McKissack played the pivotal role of Sam in Amazon Prime’s DARK/WEB. Sam was a vlogger and high school friend of Molly who had to reunite with her former friends in order to help solve the enigma of Molly’s whereabouts. I had the pleasure of meeting her at SDCC, and not only is she a genuinely kind individual, she also has quite the acting resume. Her acting career dates back to 1994 with an episode of Grace Under Fire, but many of her more roles exploring her range of acting including Four Rooms, NCIS, Shameless, Criminal Minds, the upcoming Countdown, as well as voice acting roles in Transformers: Titans Return, Spongebob Squarepants, and The Lion Guard. McKissack will be taking over DARK/WEB’s Instagram (@darkwebshow) this coming Wednesday, 10/16, and in preparation for her takeover, I had to opportunity to speak with her regarding her role in DARK/WEB as well as her current projects she is involved in.
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What was your impression of premiering DARK/WEB at SDCC?
Premiering the show at SDCC was truly an incredible experience. I have never been to Comic-Con, so just taking in the whole atmosphere was genuinely thrilling for me. The sheer scope of the convention was something I couldn’t possibly have been prepared for, but I was overwhelmed by the kindness and enthusiasm of everyone who came to our panel, our signings, and our premiere screenings. Also, because we filmed the series three years ago, I especially loved getting to reconnect with the cast and creative team, all of whom are such wonderful and talented human beings.
Is there anything you miss about playing your character?
While she experiences a lot of growth over the course of the series, Sam definitely has moments of being a bit of an asshole. I don’t get the opportunity to play characters like that very often, so I had a lot of fun giving side-eye and throwing some shade. And in general, I miss being on set with my castmates…with the exception of Brian Elerding. He’s a real tool. I’M KIDDING! He’s awesome.
With your character being a vlogger, and seeing what she experienced, has playing this role made you think differently about how you personally use your own social media?
The anthology episodes are absolutely terrifying, so I definitely felt some paranoia for a day or two after binging the whole series. I don’t think I use my social media any differently though. I’ve always been pretty cognizant of the dangers of the internet and exposing too much of my life and whereabouts.
What current projects are you working on?
I’m about to open a musical parody of Stephen King’s “IT” at Rockwell Table and Stage in Los Angeles, running through November 10th. It’s going to be epically fun. I also have an episode of “Hawaii Five-0” coming out on October 4th, a movie called “Countdown” in theaters October 25th, and a film called “A Christmas Movie Christmas” on TV this holiday season. I also have my fingers crossed for a second season of “Dark/Web”!
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