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Check out what actress Italia Ricci and Co-Executive Producer and Writer Jessica Grasl told them about Designated Survivor.
During my trip to Los Angeles, we were invited to ABC Studios to watch an episode of Kevin (probably) saves the world and Designated Survivor or Designated Survivor. We had the opportunity to have a Q&A section with Executive Co-Producer and writer Jessica Grasl and via video-conference with actress Italia Ricci who plays Emily Rhodes in the series.
Designated Survivor is an American drama drama starring Kiefer Sutherland, Italy Ricci, Natasha McElhone, Maggie Q, Adan Canto, Kal Penn, LaMonica Garret. You can see it on Wednesdays on ABC at 9:00 pm CT.
The first episode of the series aired in September 2016. The series begins when the Capitol building is attacked ending the lives of cabinet members and Sutherland (Tom Kirkman), a member of the White House, suddenly becomes President of the United States, the "Designated Survivor".
Kirkman tries to keep his country away from disbanding in chaos without imagining what can await America.
Jessica Grasl, Co-Producer Executive and writer of the series, told us about the process of making the story, which they write on whiteboards or whiteboards, with markers of different color, in that way they control the flow of the characters, making changes until create the story. "It's like a puzzle where the challenge is that if you change something in one episode, you should try to keep this from affecting in subsequent episodes. Which happens a lot."
Designated Survivor is a contemporary story and for that writers have good consultants and always have someone on their staff who worked in the White House, who is approaching to ask for opinions. For example in the navy ship chapter, in addition to reading books and researching; Jessica Grasl, was on the phone with an admiral, a CNN contributor, to make some inquiries.
Italia Ricci who plays Emily Rodhes in the series; he was with us via video-conference and told us that he receives the script about three days before filming, but there are also days when he only has ten minutes to learn what he is going to act.
About her role as a powerful woman in the series she told us "women are intelligent, strong and as capable as a man or better and we can wear heels while we do the work."
She told us she's enjoyed that feeling because Emily didn't think she was ready for her new position, but then realizes she has a potential that she didn't even know she had.
Their average days to record the series scenes are around thirteen to sixteen hours, apart from going home to learn the libretto.
Comparing herto to Emily, her character in Designated Survivor, she told us that Emily is a politically oriented businesswoman; Instead, she's different, she's Canadian and she has no interest in politics.
For her part, Jessica Grasl Co-Producer Executive and writer of the series, told us that for a writer, being on set, is a total combination of fun and stress; it's one thing to write the story, but when the actors act it, it may need change, it's a collaborative experience between writers and actors.
You have to read the story many times, but when you see it acted it can sound very different and you have to make changes. Ideally, there is always a writer on set, to assist the actor when a change needs to be made or something needs to be added to the dialogue.
On how to balance politics and drama in the series Jessica Grasl commented that Kirkman's White House lives in a different universe. In US history there has never been a complete destruction of the government, but they sometimes take ideas of stories that are currently going on.
Italia Ricci, for his part, said that five times while recording an episode, what they were performing was happening in reality.
Jessica Grasl Co-Executive Producer and writer of the series ended the session, saying that as writers, they should be sensitive and that they are very excited to work and live five days a week, in the world of Kirkman (The President of the USA, in Designated Survivor) and his vision for America.
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