The world these days is ‘a vampire’
HAVING starred in a few vampire-themed projects, actor Mia Maestro sees big similarities between the bloodsucking monsters on screen and reallife societal pressures. But instead of creatures of the undead draining our souls, it’s the modern world and things like war, social division, junk food and overconsumption killing the human spirit. “I think there’s something about this era, the time that we live, that actually sucks our energy and life out of us,” Maestro, who stars in television series The Strain, explains.
“It’s really hard to just find your true energy … what your spirit really is and what we actually have come here to do in this lifetime, so I think there’s this vampiric main energy that we’re going through.”
The Strain, which begins locally on Eleven this week, is a thriller that sees a team of biochemists investigate a fastspreading viral outbreak that has all the hallmarks of vampirism.
Maestro plays Nora Martinez, a scientist helping in the fight to save humanity. She also played Carmen in the popular Twilight film series.
“There are no similarities at all,” she says.
“In a way, I feel like the vampire genre is still being written and visualised as if it was in the 18th century and in a very romantic way.
“It’s nice to recreate the world of vampires at the hand of (series creator) Guillermo del Toro … (who has) taken the genre into the 21st century.”
She believes the show is “like nothing you’ve ever seen” and ditches many of the traditional vampire elements – including an absence of pointy fangs.
There were even a few times during shooting when she forgot it was about vampires, Maestro laughs.
“It’s a really dramatic show that happens to have vampires and I don’t think there’s anything like it where you have such an intricate and beautiful story … yet we’re fighting vampires.”
THE STRAIN MONDAY, 9.30PM, ELEVEN By Shannon Molloy