C h r i s f r y
How close is Humans to its Swedish inspiration Äkta Människor?
We changed the look of the synths because we felt the Swedish series went too far into the “near future” idea. From about episode two, it’s generally the same concept but then the stories go off into different directions. I think the main difference, though, is that the family are more at the heart of it. They’re the central story. There are a few little nods to the original, though; one being that their synths were called hubots and one of the usernames that Mattie uses for her blog is “hubot”. How did you go about casting the actors playing the synths?
They had to be a certain frame and size – no dyed hair, no tattoos, no piercings. We found extras that ticked all the right boxes and then we brought them to “Synth School”. We have a movement director [ Dan O’Neill] who developed the ways of moving, and it’s all about economy of movement. They don’t gesticulate, the posture’s different... Really subtle stuff. It’s just not as easy as saying, “Stand still, do nothing.” They have to have that discipline, to be able to move elegantly, to take direction. There were some good ones and some not- so- good ones!