Netflix’s Hemlock Grove returned for its third season on Oct. 23, and it did so with an intriguing new addition: Richard Gunn (Granite Flats), who joined the horror-thriller series as Aitor Quantic. LA Fan Cultures Examiner sat down with the veteran actor last week to discuss what brought him aboard the program and what he thinks about the streaming model of television.
Richard came into the series as a fan of the show, which was part of why he was happy to be involved. “It was totally part of it, the fact that I had seen and I was a fan of the show before being offered the role,” he told us. “Another factor was Chip Eglee was the showrunner. I had worked with him on Dark Angel years ago, and I think he’s a great talent and I really felt like I was in good hands.”
Hemlock Grove is worlds away from his previous role on Granite Flats, where he played police chief John Sanders, striving to keep the peace in a Colorado town during the Cold War. With so many actors talking about not wanting to be typecast, was Richard intentionally looking for something different when he finished one series and started another?
“More how it just happened,” he said. “I look for particular things when I’m choosing a role, and it’s not necessarily because this character is so different from every other character I’ve played, though that’s usually been the case.
“I will tell you that when I was a lot younger, I thought acting would be a great way to be able to experience a lot of different lines of work and personalities and experiences that maybe I wouldn’t have access to in real life, in terms of the characters I play and their participation in each of the stories that they’re a part of.”
Of course, being a fan, getting to be part of Hemlock Grove was rewarding in that respect, too. “It was exciting,” he continued. “I got to meet all of the cast and work with the cast and be a part of the world so, I really dug it.”
As more series come forward on platforms like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon with their streaming, binge-friendly models, we asked Richard what his opinion is of being able to have an entire season at one’s fingertips as opposed to the weekly basis of broadcast. “There’s pros and cons to either,” he told us.
“With the streaming, you can watch everything all at once or however long you can spend in front of the computer during one period of time. You’re forced to wait in the other venue. I think the writers likely cater the show to the venue in which it will be presented. I think something that’s going to be streamed is going to be written much more without cliffhangers, more serial-like.”
What are his favorite shows? Richard lists American Horror Story, Hannibal, Homeland and Sherlock as four other programs he enjoys. He’s also a fan of vintage motorcycles, and is in the middle of rebuilding one of his own.
But once you’ve burned through all ten episodes of Hemlock Grove season three, you can see him in a few other projects. “I did a film that had it’s Canadian premiere last night called Gridlocked, which is an action film,” he told us. “I’m starring along side Stephen Lang and Vinnie Jones, Danny Glover and Domnic Purcell. That should be released very soon I believe.
“When I was in Toronto, immediately after shooting Hemlock Grove, I shot a film called Lower Bay,” Richard added, “and that’s starring Rose McGowan and Christopher Boyd, Michael Eklund and myself and it’s a psychological thriller that takes place in a rumored to be haunted subway station.” So perhaps he just has a certain talent for the scary things just around the corner.
The third season of Hemlock Grove is now available for streaming on Netflix.