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When actress Arielle Kebbel returned as the tough-as-nails assassin Olivia Charity for season two of NBC’s supernatural drama Midnight, Texas, it was hard to ignore the real-life issues that were affecting citizens of the country, including the rise of gun violence.
“A lot of horrific shootings happened between season one and season two,” she told The Hollywood Reporter In Studio.
“I was horrified and I really feel like being on television once a week, we have a responsibility to inspire people and we have a platform where we’re fortunate enough to touch hundreds of thousands of people’s lives and eyeballs, so it was very important to me that we really did not glamorize guns.”
Kebbel’s fight to cut out gun violence in the series was met with support from season two showrunners Eric Charmelo and Nicole Snyder, as well as NBC.
“I thought of it on two levels. First, she’s a tough woman. She can use her fist, and number two, we’re so quick to grab a gun and there’s nothing glamorous about that and so that was really important to me and our showrunners, Eric and Nicole, were on the same page, as was NBC.”
She added: “We made sure there were no guns on any of the posters, the one-sheets, anything. That meant the world to me because I felt like I’m doing something that I believe in and the people that I’m working with are supporting that. So that gave me this sense of community off-camera that we’re building on-camera.”
Kebbel also discussed the underlying message of “embracing each other’s differences” that Midnight, Texas brings to its audience, featuring characters that include vampires, witches, a fallen angel and more.
“They embrace each other’s differences as something that helps make the village whole because they need everyone’s talent for a different reason. They come together and unify that way,” she said.
She continued: “I think that’s the ultimate goal for us — you can take this supernatural show and find the themes in it and see that nobody is focusing on skin color or who they love. They have bigger problems and those bigger problems are life or death, literally. That’s where they spend their energy and I think that’s a beautiful message.”
Watch the video above to hear Kebbel discuss Olivia and Lem’s psychic connection, if her character will turn into a vampire and more.
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