PaleyFest LA 2021 sponsored by Citi and Verizon. Stars and creatives of HBO’s Lovecraft Country (Misha Green, Jurnee Smollett, Michael Kenneth Williams, Aunjanue Ellis, Wunmi Mosaku, Jamie Chung, and Abbey Lee) gather with moderator Dominic Patten at PaleyFest LA 2021 to celebrate their show. Topics include: Green’s delight in reclaiming the supernatural genre for people of color; what factors drew her to adapt Matt Ruff’s novel for HBO; the difficulty of interweaving disparate storylines while consistently putting Black principals in unconventional settings; Smollett’s ability to channel her ancestors’ emotions into Leti via “blood memories”; Mosaku’s (Ruby Baptiste) shock at learning the surprise twist for her character; how the protagonists’ physical and emotional changes parallel larger societal issues; and Ellis’s (Hippolyta Freeman) satisfaction in transforming “virulent racist” H.P. Lovecraft’s concepts into a liberating experience for Blacks.
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