‘Christine’ on TV: ‘I’m so thankful’ to be on Netflix, says Christian Slater
With his first major TV role since 2012’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ Christian Slater’s newest Netflix project ‘Christina’ is proving to be a hit.
The acclaimed writer-director and actor is starring as a mother in the upcoming series, set to premiere in the fall.
The pilot episode, titled ‘Mother,’ is a dark drama that tells the story of a mother who takes on a role of mothering, a role that has traditionally been held by the patriarch.
“The Mother is an interesting story and a really interesting character and a real good-looking character,” Slater told Entertainment Weekly.
“I’m really excited about being a part of it.”
“It’s the kind of story that you wouldn’t expect to find in any other medium.
And I’m thrilled that it’s in the hands of a filmmaker that has such an interest in stories of gender and women and family,” Slater said.
“There are a lot of female filmmakers who aren’t as interested in those kinds of stories, but I think it’s a really important story to tell, and I’m excited about it.”
Slater said that his role is the same one he played in ‘The Face/Off’ and ‘The Shawshank Redemption.’
“I had a very different role in ‘Face/Off,’ and I had a lot more freedom with my own story,” Slater explained.
“So I think there’s a lot to be learned from that.”
“I always wanted to be an actor and not a writer.
So I kind of had to look at myself as an actor, and then when I got older I kind, kind of became a writer, and now I’m just kind of looking forward to being a mother and being a writer and working with these characters, which is really exciting to me.”
Slater’s character in ‘Mother’ is played by Melissa Benoist.
She said Slater’s role in the series is the exact opposite of his previous TV roles.
“He’s the most self-aware and self-doubting actor I’ve ever worked with,” Benoists said.
The actress added that Slater is not shy about his own personal journey, as evidenced by his decision to be the father of his first child with wife Janae Hager in ‘Glee’ and later, in ‘A Man Called Ove,’ to adopt a baby girl.
“For a long time, he didn’t talk about it.
But now that he’s got a daughter, he’s talking about it a lot.
And that’s so inspiring and humbling to me,” Benoit said.
Slater is the author of the book ‘The Daughter of the Father: A Memoir of Life and Death,’ and his upcoming film ‘A Mother’s Journey’ is set to hit theaters in 2018.
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