Owen Teague performs creepy Harold Lauder in “The Stand,” an adaptation of Stephen King’s 1978 thriller a few world plague and the battle between good and evil. The nine-episode collection co-stars James Marsden, Odessa Younger, Whoopi Goldberg and Alexander Skarsgard.
Teague is not any stranger to King’s eerie universe, having performed Patrick Hockstetter within the 2017 film “It” and its 2019 follow-up, “It Chapter Two.” He’s additionally appeared in “Black Mirror” (within the episode directed by Jodie Foster and “Locke and Key” and performed Nolan Rayburn within the Netflix collection “Bloodline.”
In “The Stand,” Teague’s Harold grows jealous of Stu’s (Marsden) relationship together with his crush, Fran (Younger), who chooses Stu over him — and ultimately transforms right into a villain.
The Florida native, 22, answered some questions on his portrayal of Harold within the CBS All Entry collection.
Did your roles in “It” and “It Chapter Two” put together you for the inner world of “The Stand”?
This was one thing fully totally different. Within the “It” motion pictures, I used to be enjoying a real psychopath — somebody with no capability for empathy and no actual idea of life outdoors his personal head. Patrick was an entire solipsist. To him, solely he existed. Harold is the alternative of that. He’s undoubtedly tousled and reveals sociopathic tendencies, however he’s very conscious of the world round him and the sentiments of the “others.” Particularly these emotions in relation to him. His worldview is extremely self-centered, however he’s bought the flexibility for empathy. It’s simply simpler for him to retreat into his personal hatred than to let that empathy have a voice in his head.
Did you watch Corin Nemec, who performed Harold within the 1994 model of “The Stand”?
I didn’t. From the second Josh [Boone, who developed the series] introduced me on, I knew what I needed to do with the character. The e book was my predominant affect, that and the analysis I did previous to taking pictures, when it comes to incels [“involuntary celibates”] and Harold’s philosophy. I had been an enormous fan of the e book even earlier than I heard Josh was adapting it, and the best way King wrote Harold is so wealthy and particular that I knew I actually simply needed to convey that to life as greatest I might. I truly watched the 1994 miniseries solely after I wrapped the present.
Is there one explicit trait in Harold that appealed to you as an actor?
I imply, the character as an entire is probably the most fascinating to me in practically all of King’s writing, however I feel it’s the cut up of sunshine and darkish in Harold that basically bought me. He is aware of he has the flexibility to shed this previous lifetime of hate and resentment and ache, and he desperately needs to however simply can’t. It’s too scary. One factor that at all times stood out to me within the e book is when Frannie says “realizing what I do know now, I’d in all probability choose Harold to be mates with as an alternative of Amy” (Harold’s better-loved sister). Harold, I feel, may very well be a extremely cool particular person, if he have been capable of go away his insecurities and resentments behind. If you happen to put a gaggle of individuals on a scale, when it comes to worth as human beings, Harold will at all times see himself because the lowest level — however there’s the actually fascinating bit with Harold, as a result of he sees himself as the very best level too. There’s a simultaneous self-hatred and self-aggrandizement. And a simultaneous capability for awful, darkish issues but additionally kindness and good. It’s simply that it’s a lot safer for him to offer into this protect he’s had his entire lifetime of the darkness. Even when introduced with the chance to alter, he runs again to his consolation. These paradoxes actually attracted me, in addition to simply the sheer enjoyable issue you’ll be able to have with a personality like Harold, who’s so theatrical and unhinged.
Is there an actor you admire, and why?
I’ve at all times liked Andy Serkis. I don’t hear folks discuss him as an “actor” so much as a result of he does a lot with movement seize and non-human roles, however that’s what makes him so nice. He’s capable of talk a lot with simply his physique and eyes (and voice, usually fully modified from his day-to-day speech), and make inhuman creatures really feel human. He makes us perceive beings so totally different from us, and I like that.