Harold Perrineau on his new show “De”,


Harold Perrineau said he brought some lessons from “Lost” to “From,” his new horror series Epix.

“The most grounded human being that I could bring [to the character], the more appealing it would be to the public. That’s what we learned on “Lost.” It can become whimsical, flashing forward, sideways and backwards. But, if you don’t care about those people, all that other stuff is just shenanigans. You have to really care about people,” Perrineau, 58, told The Post.

Premiering Sunday (February 20) at 9 p.m., “From” is a horror series about a nightmarish Central American town that traps anyone who unwittingly falls into its clutches. Residents attempt to live normal lives and find a way to get out and survive the night as monstrous creatures emerge as the sun sets. The townspeople are led by local sheriff Boyd Stevens (Perrineau) who is estranged from his artist son Ellis (Corteon Moore). Meanwhile, a new family led by patriarch Jim Matthews (Eoin Bailey, ‘Once Upon a Time’) finds themselves stranded and must adjust to the town’s strange way of life with the help of Stevens.

Boyd Stevens (Harold Perrineau) is the sheriff of a nightmarish town in the new show “From.”
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“Boyd Stevens is a complex guy and I love playing these characters,” Perrineau said. “He’s a guy who does a favor – to his son and to the city. And he wants to make sure everyone is safe and taken care of. And how it gets there, that’s how it gets there. Those choices are hard to make – and he’s willing to make them no matter what it looks like to the rest of the world.

Perrineau said he considers himself a character actor.

“I am not a leader. You have to have a certain look for that. I have friends who look like Taye Diggs — and he can do any character he wants too — but I’m definitely more of a shapeshifter, he said. “That’s really what makes me excited.”

Boyd (Harold Perrineau, center) with his deputy Kenny (Ricky He, right) and their town's newest new resident, Jim Matthews (Eoin Bailey, left).
Boyd (Harold Perrineau, center) with his deputy Kenny (Ricky He, right) and their town’s newest new resident, Jim Matthews (Eoin Bailey, left).
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Even though the characters in “From” are in a sci-fi fantasy situation, it wasn’t hard to get into the right frame of mind, he said.

“I think the circumstances of ‘From’ are really no different from the times we’ve been through for the past two years. [in the pandemic],” he said. “A lot of us are just stuck in this nightmare that doesn’t seem to end, stuck in our homes, stuck with our people, trying to make sure they’re all safe and protected, offering new ways and new ideas. So it was really easy to pull from where we are right now. And from the creators, I didn’t need to know what’s going on in the show. I just had need to know — what audiences will discover — the essence of Boyd’s pain.

Boyd (Harold Perrineau) stands in a field surrounded by other people who look suspicious and hostile.
Boyd (Harold Perrineau, center) surrounded by locals as they plan a funeral for one of their own.
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In addition to “Lost,” Perrineau’s lengthy resume includes “Sons of Anarchy,” “Oz,” and “The Matrix.” But one of the roles he’s still frequently approached for is his stage turn as Mercutio in the 1996 film “Romeo + Juliet.”

“First of all, Baz Luhrmann is just amazing. It’s a living project [and] it stands the test of time,” he said. “And that’s quite interesting; when it first came out, there were a lot of young women going, “Oh my God, you know Leonardo DiCaprio!” But then, because teachers started playing it for their high school students — usually in 10th grade — there are a ton of new 10th graders going, “Hey! You are Mercutio!

“My child is about to enter grade 10 soon, so there will be a whole new series.”

New York Post

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