By Matt Marr
Julie Ann Emery made an appearance of AfterBuzz TV’s PREACHER after show, where she was interviewed by hosts Ben Bateman, Davie Child, Nate Miller, and Matt Marr. During the hour interview, Emery, who plays Featherstone, on AMC’s second season of Preacher, dished on how delightful it is to play an assassin.
NOTE: If you did not watch the August 14th episode of Preacher, beware…SPOILERS AHEAD!
This episode was huge for Featherstone and the audience got to see that this woman is fearless. The AfterBuzz panel wanted to know what makes Featherstone so committed to the cause. Is she in love with Herr Starr?
“I don’t know if it’s love love” Emery said, “He [Herr Starr] has a strength and a directness, and a willingness to do anything. She finds that appealing.” she went on to say, “Featherstone is a true believer in the Grail. She thinks the world has gone to hell and if she has to blow it up to save she’s going to do that. Herr Starr embodies that.”
One of the most intense moments of this week’s episode of Preacher was the night massacre where the Grail comes looking for Jesse. The apartment sequence was shot in complete silence in a Call of Duty POV style.
“Yes, that was a credit to the director, Michael Dowse”, Emery explained, “But also, it was written that way from the beginning. In the first script I got, it said this is shot from the POV of what they called, ‘Grail Hero’. I think that’s a fascinating thing for a writer to put into a script.”
This episode also introduced Featherstone’s new favorite weapon of choice, B.R.A.D.
“Featherstone proper—you know like regular Featherstone—feels very low and flat all the time,” Emery explains. “She thinks in a straight line. [But] there is this whole B.R.A.D. thing that actually does something to her insides where she’s excited about B.R.A.D. It’s awesome. That’s a true zealot.”
The panel also discussed the long road Preacher had in finally making it to the silver screen…or any screen for that matter.
Emery was shocked and grateful the show has come so far. “Who does Preacher? You gotta give AMC Credit,” she said. “Not just for doing it but also–everytime I read something online, where people say, ‘Oh they’re [AMC] not going to let them [the writers] do this.” she then joked, “I’m like…ummmm.”
AMC and the show’s creators Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Sam Catlin have famously taken many of the ‘not-so-family-friendly’ aspects of the Preacher comics, and integrated them into the show. “Charlie Collier has taken a big, big risk with Preacher, and continues to take it.”
Host Miller commented on the many different versions of Featherstone Emery has to play. “It’s amazing how completely you change your looks in the show, “ he noted.
“I have amazing wigs!” Emery responded. “A lot of folks on twitter are talking about Featherstone’s quick change abilities, which obviously are vast. But if you do look closely in this episode, you’ll see the wig and the sweater hanging right next to the coat rack in the corner, right next to the front door. She’s insanely prepared, all the time. She’s Featherstone.”
Make sure to catch up on AfterBuzz TV’s Preacher after show on Youtube.com and tune in live every Monday night at 11pm EST / 8pm PST.