I SEE DEMON PEOPLE
Cara Theobold plays Amy, who discovers she’s a “see-er”
Tell us a bit about Amy.
She’s in her early twenties, and she’s been treated for mental illness for most of her teenage years. I live with my best friend Suzanne, who looks after me, I work in a bowling alley, and I’m sort of stuck in a rut. Then I come off my medication and start to see these hallucinations again. I then meet Raquel, who’s this whirlwind who comes into my life, and we strike up this unlikely relationship where she introduces me to the world of demons and demon hunting.
It’s quite unusual for a show like this to be female-focused...
It’s amazing that it’s led by girls, but I think it’s more universal. There are things about female friendships and the way girls interact, but it’s more about young people finding their way under ridiculous circumstances. One of the refreshing things about the project is that it doesn’t matter whether they’re girls or boys – it’s just they happen to be girls, which means we get to kick ass! But that’s not making a point, it’s just, “Well, why not?”
Are you a fan of this genre?
Not personally, but I think it’s a brilliant genre to explore, because it’s sort of limitless. Where Howard can take the series is sort of endless, because anything can happen. And while the genre is obviously demons and the underworld, it’s also a very dark comedy. It’s also very much about this group of friends and the dynamics between them, and them struggling to figure out how to survive in a world where demons are real and you’ve got to fight them.
And how do you fight them?
There are different methods… one of the best ways to kill a demon is to stick a pole up its arse! And set him on fire. Our first day was filming an exorcism in a derelict factory, with Riann Steele [Suzanne] sort of strapped to the floor. There was a moment at 2am, with me and Susie with these scary clown masks on… When they were setting up the next shot we were entertaining ourselves by dancing at each other with these masks on! We kinda lost our minds!