Emily Hampshire listened to her agent when the script for the horror collection “Chapelwaite” arrived.
“When ‘Schitt’s Creek’ was over my agent was like, ‘I need you out of these plaids and saggy denim,’ and I feel placing me in a corset was the furthest she may take that,” stated Hampshire about her segue from sardonic, flannel-wearing Stevie Budd on “Creek” to Rebecca Morgan in “Chapelwaite,” set in 1850s Maine and primarily based on Stephen King’s quick story “Jerusalem’s Lot.”
Premiering Sunday (Aug. 22) on Epix, the 10-episode collection (shot in Halifax, Nova Scotia) revolves around Charles Boone (Oscar winner Adrien Brody), a brooding sea captain who returns together with his two daughters (Jennifer Ens, Sirena Gulamgaus), and younger son (Ian Ho) to the household’s spooky ancestral residence, Chapelwaite, following the death of his spouse.
The Boones are each feared and reviled by the locals — the household’s spooky, tragic and cursed historical past dates again many years — and, positive sufficient, bizarre stuff begins to occur as quickly as they transfer into the gothic-style mansion.
Hampshire’s Rebecca Morgan is a forward-thinking aspiring author who’s engaged on her first project for Atlantic Month-to-month journal. She embeds herself into the household beneath the guise of their governess to get the inside track on their troublesome previous, which she hopes to publish within the periodical.
“I’d describe her as a super-ambitious lady who’s forward of her time,” Hampshire stated. “What I liked about so a lot of Rebecca’s traces is that, whereas they’re stated from her perspective within the 1850s, they’re so related at the moment.
“What’s loopy is that, when [‘Chapelwaite’] got here to me, I had simply offered my very own present [a revival of ‘Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman’] to Sony and I’m an author on that for the primary time,” she stated. “At the moment I used to be studying Stephen King’s ebook ‘On Writing.
’ Then I learn ‘Jerusalem’s Lot’ and noticed that there’s no Rebecca Morgan in it..and I made a decision that, if Stephen King was a super-smart, educated lady within the 1850s, he can be Rebecca Morgan.”
Rebecca was integrated into the script for “Chapelwaite” by collection writers Jason and Peter Filardi. “They wrote Rebecca so intelligently — she wishes to Mount Holyoke [College] and I researched the varsity, which is so progressive, even to today. It’s the primary all-women’s college that allowed trans ladies and all their mandates are about ladies who’re empowered and query authority and query the paradigms arrange for them.
“So I felt like I didn’t want so as to add something to Rebecca,” she stated. “I simply wanted to rise as much as the event.”
“Chapelwaite” is Hampshire’s first costume drama as a grownup, however, she’s had expertise within the style relationship again to her early appearing days.
“After I was youthful there was once this stuff known as ‘miniseries’ and so they have been normally set within the 1800s on a farm in Canada,” she stated. “I acquired plenty of these elements to play just like the mom of seven youngsters.
I haven’t achieved this in a really very long time however I adore it. After I was a child, I used to be obsessive about ‘Anne of Inexperienced Gables’ and I used to be despatched to this camp the place you spent every week residing up to now — you sleep on hay, churn butter and go to a schoolhouse. I liked it — most children wouldn’t so don’t ship your children there.”
The inside scenes within the Chapelwaite home have been shot on a studio set — as have been the scenes in close by city Preacher’s Nook — however, the exteriors have been shot exterior of an actual residence. “It’s a home that was haunted, for actual, and is now an air bnb the place they have a narrative of everybody who lived in that home,” Hampshire stated. “And all people who lived there died tragically, and so they’re nonetheless mad about it — doorways slam randomly. It was surreal.”