Cooper Koch, Darwin del Fabro, Monique Kim, Anna Lore Talk They/Them

ComingSoon spoke to They them stars Cooper Koch, Darwin del Fabro, Monique Kim and Anna Lore about Peacock’s upcoming slasher set at a conversion camp. The movie is now available on the streamer.

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“Kevin Bacon stars as Owen Whistler in this slasher horror film set at an LGBTQIA+ conversion camp,” says the synopsis. “Several queer and trans campers join Whistler for a week of programming aimed at ‘helping them find a new sense of freedom.’ As the camp’s methods become increasingly psychologically disturbing, the campers must work together to protect themselves. When a mysterious killer starts claiming victims, things get even more dangerous.”

Tyler Treese: Cooper, there’s a great scene in the movie where you all sing “Effing Perfect” by p!nk, and it looked like you had the biggest blast singing it. Is it acting at all at that point or are you just having fun doing some karaoke?

Cooper Koch: Well, that was so much fun. It’s also really the turning point for Stu, that’s when Stu finds out.

Darwin, there is a montage of all the campers doing camp activities: tug of war and games like that. What were the highlights of these activities for you?

Darwin del Fabro: I think everyone is together, just having fun and breathing. It is Georgia, like nature, and [to] be around that … I’m from New York, so I don’t have that every day. So it’s just to enjoy myself a bit and put myself in that summer camp that I never had in Brazil.

Monique, you and Anna share some amazing scenes throughout. How did you work with your chemistry and develop it?

Monique Kim: We actually can’t stand each other. There is a lot of acting involved.

Anna Lore: I think there was nothing to work on, chemistry-wise. We just get each other as actors. We understand each other as artists. We are both very respectful and we were both so excited to play these characters and tell the story of Kim and Veronica. I won’t speak for both of us, but it was easy. It was one of the easiest jobs ever.

Monique Kim: Yes, as soon as I met Anna, I trusted her immediately. As an actor, it’s just liberating. So I just had to respond to what she gave me and honestly she did all the heavy lifting. I just had to make facial expressions. so, and it’s equal to chemistry, to answer your question.

Anna Lore: I wanted to add when we sing “Effing Perfect” that it was the last day that all six of us campers were on set together. It was the last day we were all there on the same day, so it was really emotional and special that way.

Cooper Koch: It was also the first thing we practiced, [it] was the first thing we did. Our first exercise was to make “Effing Perfect.”

It must have been an awkward moment that you were in a horror movie with Kevin Bacon. I’m sure the coolness factor hasn’t worn off. What was your big takeaway from working with such a legend?

Anna Lore: It’s a masterclass in acting to watch him. I was so obsessed with seeing him right before a tag to see him go from Kevin to Owen Whistler. Watching him transform from this lovely, cold guy – He’s so warm. He’s really generous with his time and his energy for us – And then to see him take on this character that couldn’t be more different from who he was as a person… I couldn’t take my eyes off it.

Cooper, you talked about Stu starting to embrace himself for who he is as the movie progresses. What about your character’s journey did you really connect with the most?

Cooper Koch: I think so. Growing up, going into high school and my freshman year of college, I really didn’t want to be who I was either. So I think that’s how I bonded with him the most. I have been through that journey myself. So it was beautiful to get to do it again through someone else. It’s very soothing, but also really healing and beautiful. I had a great group of queers around me.

Darwin, I love the twist we get in this movie with your character. What excites you about Gabriel and showing different sides of him?

Darwin del Fabro: Ah, that’s a good question. I think the excitement is just… Gabriel starts the journey with this movie. It is so fragile and delicate and people judge him by his appearance. We discovered through the journey of the film that he is very powerful, and it’s good to know that you can be powerful by celebrating who you are.

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