Some may think that movie stars are the only ones that get to walk a red carpet for a big star-studded premiere. Those people would be wrong, especially if they got to attend the red carpet premiere screening of The Bridge on Monday night in Los Angeles. I was on hand for the packed press line to talk with the stars of this upcoming FX Network series, debuting Wednesday, July 10 at 10 PM ET, starting with the Pilot episode.
The series stars Diane Kruger and Demián Bichir as Sonya North and Marco Ruiz, detectives from El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico who must work together to stop a deadly killer working on both sides of the Mexican-American border.
The show is actually based on a Swedish show of the same name that follows two detectives on the border of Sweden and Denmark who must find a killer before it's too late. Series star Diane Kruger revealed that she was a big fan of the original series The Bridge, which was one of the big draws for her signing on.
"I loved the original show. I'm European and I've actually seen the original show, so I was hooked when I heard they were remaking it and setting it between Mexico and the U.S. It's something that hasn't been done in the U.S., in television or movies, really. I loved Sonya, my character. She's so quirky, and, I'm sure you've figured out that she has Asperger Syndrome. It's a really part that hopefully reveals itself over the 13 episodes."
Like most shows on cable, The Bridge has a 13-episode season, and when asked if she would have preferred a longer run, the actress revealed that the shorter season, when compared to a network show, is the reason she considered a TV show like this in the first place.
"Oh, I couldn't. I'd be dead by now. That's also the reason why I even considered television. I love watching shows and get hooked and look forward right to the next season."
Demián Bichir could only offer a few brief remarks before being ushered down the press line.
"If they give us a chance and tune in, they will be amazed, and surprised, and moved. Hopefully, they will come back for more next week."
Annabeth Gish plays Charlotte, who teased that the land her character owns plays into one of the many mysteries that unfold this season.
"I play a wealthy Texas land-owner who discovers that there's quite an extensive secret underneath the property she inherits."
FX has always had a very unique way of marketing their shows, with brief teaser videos that set up a theme more than show actual footage. I asked Annabeth Gish how she perceives these unorthodox ads.
"I think their marketing is genius, without a doubt. I think it's genius, I think it's innovative, creative. I couldn't be more impressed."
The pilot episode was directed by Gerardo Naranjo (Miss Bala, Revolución), and the actress spoke very highly of his work on the first episode and the other directors she got to work with.
"I think he was the perfect one to direct our first episode, because his perspective is so truly authentic. Keith Gordon directed an episode, and it's impeccable."
I also got to speak with Emily Wickersham, who plays the stepdaughter to Annabeth Gish's Charlotte on the show. Here's what the young actress had to say about the show, which she feels addresses important social issues.
"I'm drawn to more dramatic stuff, mostly, and I feel that something like The Bridge brings up so many important issues that are going on now and have been going on for awhile. The writing is amazing. It seems, to me at least, I feel that I don't know a lot about what happens in Mexico, so I feel like bringing that out is huge, and really important."
Later in the evening I spoke with Arturo del Puerto, who plays the mysterious Hector Valdez, a sinister character who should be watched very closely on the show. When I asked if we ever see any background into his dastardly deeds, the actor revealed that hasn't come up yet.
"We don't really get into that too much, why he is the way he is, but you can understand, when you see the show, and what you really see what's been happening for so long. There is no real reason why he is like that. Maybe the reason is he can do it and he'll never get caught? Maybe he just enjoys it? There are a lot of bad people out there, and they don't really need a reason to be bad."
When asked if it was tricky to play such an evil guy while still making him human, Arturo del Puerto had this to say.
"It's a fine line you walk, when you play this kind of character, because you don't want to come out as the super bad guy. You want to make him real, but it's a lot of fun. It's fun to find that balance of what is real, and what am I transmitting to the audience and the other actors. It was a fun ride with Hector."
"I can't say. I play an FBI agent, Ralph Gedman, and I come in with some other FBI guys and basically make a mess of things. That's what the FBI does best, right?"