When you hear the words “supernatural teen drama,” Guy Pearce might not be the name that leaps immediately to mind. He’s the Memento guy, the L.A. Confidential guy. He’s got an Emmy (for Mildred Pierce), a Screen Actors Guild award (for his work in the ensemble of The King’s Speech), and those cheekbones that could slice you if you’re not careful. He’s Guy Pearce, for crying out loud. What’s he doing in the Twilight genre?
Well, The Innocents—a new Netflix series, which dropped in full on Friday—isn’t Twilight. Like many of the best pieces of science fiction and fantasy, it uses its premise—no spoilers here, but it’s an unexpected take on a shapeshifting ability—to explore bigger issues and themes, and uses all that fodder as a jumping-off point for great characters and dynamic relationships. So perhaps Pearce’s presence isn’t so unexpected after all. He’s got a bit of a knack for peeling back the layers of characters stuck in the muck of a very strange circumstance.
Another strange circumstance? Having a woman you don’t know pop up next to you and ask you if a hot dog is a sandwich.
The Takeout: Is a hot dog a sandwich?
Guy Pearce: No, I don’t think so!
GP: No, because the bread never feels as good as the many options that you can have with a sandwich.
TO: It’s just a bun.
GP: It’s just a bun, yeah. To me, a sandwich is about choosing a good multi-grain, you know? And look, I’m a vegetarian, so I don’t eat hot dogs anymore. But no, I don’t think it’s a sandwich.
TO: Okay, that’s it, thanks!
GP: No worries. Cool. The more you know.