Emily Hampshire listened to her agent when the script for horror collection “Chapelwaite” arrived.
“When ‘Schitt’s Creek’ was over my agent was like, ‘I would like you out of these plaids and dishevelled denims,’ and I believe 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 based mostly 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 round Charles Boone (Oscar winner Adrien Brody), a brooding sea captain who returns along with his two daughters (Jennifer Ens, Sirena Gulamgaus) and younger son (Ian Ho) to the household’s spooky ancestral dwelling, Chapelwaite, following the dying 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 news on their troublesome previous, which she hopes to publish within the periodical.
“I’d describe her as a super-ambitious girl who’s forward of her time,” Hampshire stated. “What I liked about so lots of Rebecca’s traces is that, whereas they’re stated from her perspective within the 1850s, they’re so related immediately.
“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 a 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 girl 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 wish to Mount Holyoke [College] and I researched the college, which is so progressive, even to this present day. It’s the primary all-women’s faculty that allowed trans girls and all their mandates are about girls 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 an grownup, however she’s had expertise within the style relationship again to her early appearing days.
“Once I was youthful there was once this stuff referred to as ‘miniseries’ they usually have been often set within the 1800s on a farm in Canada,” she stated. “I obtained a lot of these components to play just like the mom of seven kids. I haven’t carried out this in a really very long time however I find it irresistible. Once 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 per week residing prior 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 outdoors of an actual dwelling. “It’s a home that was haunted, for actual, and is now an air bnb the place they’ve a narrative of everybody who lived in that home,” Hampshire stated. “And everyone who lived there died tragically, they usually’re nonetheless mad about it — doorways slam randomly. It was surreal.”