Breeda Woll in MR. MERCEDES - Season 1 | in MR. MERCEDES - Season 1 | ©2017 AT&T Audience Network

Breeda Woll in MR. MERCEDES – Season 1 | in MR. MERCEDES – Season 1 | ©2017 AT&T Audience Network

In AT&T Audience Network’s Wednesday-night drama MR MERCEDES, based on Stephen King’s novel, no one has yet figured out that Brady Hartsfield (Harry Treadaway) is actually a mass murderer. Certainly Breeda Wool’s character, Lou Linklatter, has no clue about her coworker at the suburban Supreme Electronix store. In fact, Brady is the rare friendly face in a work environment where the boss (Robert Stanton) tolerates extreme homophobia toward  Lou, a lesbian computer tech specialist.

Wool was a regular on UNREAL as Faith Duluth, and got her own ten-episode spin-off, THE FAITH DIARIES. This season, the actress has also had guest roles on VICE PRINCIPALS and MIDNIGHT, TEXAS.

ASSIGNMENT X: Have you played anyone like Lou Linklatter before?

BREEDA WOOL: I have. I was Mercutio in ROMEO AND JULIET, I played Caliban in THE TEMPEST at the Cherry Lane Theatre. I’ve played many gender-fluid, queer women. I have frequently played gender benders.

AX: Did you have to learn anything to play Lou, like how all the tech she deals with actually works?

WOOL: I think it was less about how tech stuff works and more about how and why people choose [what they do]. Brady Hartsfield and Lou Linklatter, we both have chosen interests that isolate us socially, which sometimes comes from being isolated, forced isolation growing up. [They are] people that usually flock to things that are sort of solo endeavors, whether that’s computers or playing videogames or certain things that mean that you don’t have to interact with the world. So I think that that is what drew me to computers, and Brady is that we’ve found solace in this sort of imaginary technical world.

AX: What does Lou think of Brady? Does she have any idea of the darkness inside him, or does she just think he’s a fellow techie?

WOOL: I think when I see Brady, what I see is a person who’s been hurt and damaged and has a mother who is clearly [alcoholic] – we all know about his mom at Supreme Electronix. I feel like he needs somebody to stand up for him, and he seems beaten down by our work. I mean, we’re all beaten down by Robi, played by the brilliant Robert Stanton. But yeah, I see someone who’s damaged, and I have a soft spot for that in this story.

AX: You have a role in XX, the horror anthology film where all the segments are directed by women.

WOOL: Yes. You should definitely go watch that. It’s a pretty amazing perspective on horror from women’s point of view. A lot of the themes are about motherhood and taboos around motherhood. It’s a very interesting film. I’d recommend it.

AX: MR MERCEDES is quasi-horror. Are you a horror fan, or are these just some projects you’ve worked on?

WOOL: When I was a kid, I absolutely adored horror. I used to watch Freddy Krueger and POLTERGEIST and then I actually got into absurdist violence when I was a teenager. I watched NATURAL BORN KILLERS over and over and over again, until I got into a fistfight with my sister and my dad confiscated NATURAL BORN KILLERS. So who knows what that means about kids watching violence [laughs]. But I sort of abandoned horror, and then, after doing XX, I liked doing XX and working with [director] Roxanne Benjamin – she totally blew my mind open about what horror can be. I consider Stephen King to be horror, in that genre, but I think that he’s one of those people who is multi-genre.

AX: Do you have any other projects going on we should know about?

WOOL: AWOL, [a film] starring me and Lola Kirke, came out, and you can watch it on demand and on all the platforms.

AX: And what would you most like people to know about MR MERCEDES?

WOOL: I would like them to know that there is absolutely nothing else like it that they’ve ever seen, and there’s nothing like it on TV, and they should flock to it if they’re desiring something unique, interesting, heartfelt, incredibly intelligent and wildly poignant, too.

This interview was conducted during AT&T Audience Network’s portion of the 2017 Summer Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

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