Josh Holloway on the Strange Familiarity of COLONY
BY Jennifer Griffin
Published 6 years ago
Taking on the role of Will Bowman has been like “slipping into an old pair of jeans” for self-confessed scifi nerd Josh Holloway.
ScreenSpy caught up with the Lost star in New York late last year where he dished on his new series Colony which, as it happens, premieres on USA Network on January 14th.
For Holloway, the jump from Sawyer — a man trapped on an island amid a series of increasingly bizarre goings-on, to Bowman, a man trapped in a futuristic, walled Los Angeles following an alien invasion of Earth — wasn’t that much of a leap, especially with Lost Executive Producer and screenwriter Carlton Cuse at the helm.
“When Carlton called me, I was ready. And then when I read [the pilot script], that was it,” admitted Holloway. “I love a story where the audience knows as much about what’s going on as the characters. It’s a slow reveal of mysteries, and you take the ride with me.”
Colony centers on a typical American family caught up in most atypical circumstances. Following a successful alien invasion, the city of Los Angeles is now divided by a wall that separates family and keeps the population under strict control. The show’s producers (Ryan Condal and Nelson McCormick are also on board) have previously likened the setup to Nazi occupied Paris during the Second World War. We don’t see much of our alien overlords in the premiere episode, but their goons — those LA citizens who have volunteered or been forced to enforce their harsh regime — are all pervasive.
While some choose to collaborate with the occupation and benefit from the new order, others rebel and suffer the consequences. Holloway’s Bowman could best be described as a reluctant hero, who is drawn into the struggle for liberty after he attempts to make contact with his young son on the other side of the wall.
Colony also stars Sarah Wayne Callies of Walking Dead fame, as Bowman’s wife, Katie, whose views on collaboration set the scene for some tension in episodes to come.
“I love big stories,” said Holloway, who listed Dune as his favorite book series. “I love high concept stuff and the exploration of where things can go.”
Colony premieres on USA Network on Thursday January 14 at 10-11 p.m. ET.