Paget Brewster on Hypochondriac, Back to Criminal Minds

Paget Brewster is no stranger to television. The veteran actor played the unforgettable Cathy in the fourth season of friends Before becoming a regular series on criminal minds as Emily Prentiss, a role in which he appeared for nearly 200 episodes. Now, Brewster is changing the media in her latest movie, hypochondriaca horror film that explores the trauma of a man named Will (Zach Villa) who suffers from a mental breakdown.

in hypochondriac, Brewster plays Dr. Sampson, a medical professional who tries to help him overcome his mental illness, but is met with mixed results. Brewster sat down with Digital Trends to discuss her role in it hypochondriacThe allure of working with Zach Villa, and why she’s excited to be back for criminal minds Biology.

Note: This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

digital trends: hypochondriac It is based on the mental breakdown suffered by director Addison Hyman. How were you first contacted in this part, and what caught your eye while reading the text?

Paget Brewster: Well, I made a movie called Welcome to happiness With the product Buy Drizzle. So he emailed me and said, “Hey. I’m working on a movie, and we want you to take a look at Dr. Sampson’s part. I’ll text over more.” It was in the middle of COVID, and I didn’t want to leave the house. I was just like, “Oh no. An indie movie, no money. We’re going to shoot in a weird warehouse.” I kind of hoped the script was horrible, and I could say no, but it was pretty cool. It was awesome, I’ve never read anything like it before.

I was a big fan of Zack Villa american horror story, And I just think the guy is really unique and talented. So there was no way to say no. I was like, “Ah!” I yelled at Bai a bit like, “You son of a bitch. You’re going to make me leave this house when everyone washes their vegetables in vinegar and they have no idea what’s going on. You’re going to make me go out there? Ah! I love it. I’m going to do this.” It was great. It was a great experience, nothing reckless or frantic. It just ended up being a really, really nice experience.

In the movie, she plays a small but very pivotal role as a doctor. When you’re preparing for a smaller role where you won’t spend a lot of time preparing, does your preparation change compared to working as a star or series on a regular basis?

This is an interesting question. No, I don’t think my job is changing. I know my lines. I’m always early. Being a smaller part or if I’m a guest on other people’s shows I just keep quiet because I know they have to do most of the heavy lifting. I don’t want to ask them questions or get in their way; I just want to support the people out there. And so, knowing the mental and emotional gymnastics that Zach had to go through day in and day out, just telling this story, it hurts. That kind of acting role, I wouldn’t say yes to that. No matter how good it is, I won’t do it. Mentally, I don’t think I can handle it. A month or two of that, I don’t like.

I just wanted to support him [Zach] And do what I can. He was very welcoming and kind and wasn’t hiding, listening to his iPod, accommodating anything. I think he’s the first actor I’ve ever met who went to Juilliard [laughing] They didn’t tell me that for the first five minutes. I didn’t know for months that Zach went to Juilliard. Usually, Juilliard and Harvard, the people who go to those, you know, tell you about it right away. I just think it’s absolutely amazing. I really love him, and it was a pleasure working with him. I hope to work with him again anywhere in anything. I just think it’s a dream.

I didn’t know that about Juilliard.

Don’t feel like they’re saying it right away [laughing]?

surely. Harvard, too.

Well, they informed you right away [laughing]. Juilliard is the thing. I don’t think the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, the British version of Juilliard, doesn’t necessarily tell you right away that they went to RADA. But Juilliard members let you know right away. But it is impressive! I mean, I didn’t get into Juilliard. It is impressive. They did something difficult.

hypochondriac He has a lot to say about mental illness and healthcare in this country. What do you think people want to take out of the movie about those ideas?

It’s hard to answer because I think the thing I found is moving around, I don’t want to give away the ending or what I thought the ending meant, but I think the really interesting thing about this is its horror on so many levels. It is the horror of not being able to get help from the medical community; It’s a horror of ruining his relationships, a job, and himself, the horror of his childhood, the horror of a wolf. There are just a bunch of different horror levels.

But I think the takeaway is that it’s okay to say you need help. It’s okay to ask for help. At a certain point, we need to find a way to live with our damage. If this is a component of who I am, and who I am, how can I integrate it in a way that allows me to make the best choices and live as mentally healthy a life as I can, knowing that we all experience insecurity, vulnerability, damage, or trauma?

I guess I’ve never seen anything like this in a script or in a movie. I don’t even think I fully understood the story. I read the script and loved it, but didn’t really understand all the levels of the movie and what it was saying which I thought was very beautiful until I watched the movie. But also, it’s a scary, creepy movie. It’s so much, and I’m so proud to be a part of it.

Congratulations on criminal minds Revival at Paramount+. What do you look forward to most about returning to your character?

I miss these guys. it’s a great job. We thought it was over. We did seasons 14 and 15. We shot [the seasons] In a year they separated. 10 episodes aired in 2019 and 10 episodes in 2020. When the pandemic hit, we almost immediately heard the idea that Paramount+ might want to do so. criminal minds. We all got Zoom and we were like, “Are you going to do it? Are you going to do it? Are you going to do it?” Everyone was like, “Hell yeah. I’ll do that!”

It’s pretty rare that you get a show that lasts that long, but now that it’s been on Netflix, so many generations love it and it feels good to make people happy. We’re really excited, and we had enough time away from doing this to appreciate it. Somehow, when you do a procedural, you can really fall apart. You’re just like, “I’ve had 15 hours, five days a week, ten months a year.” Now, we spend a lot of time at home, and we can’t wait to get back.

hypochondriac Showing in theaters now, on demand and digital on August 4.

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