From on EPIX is the premium cable channel’s latest horror series, unraveling the mystery of a nightmarish town in middle America that traps everyone who enters. Residents desperately seek a way out while constantly under threat from horrifying creatures lurking in the surrounding forest that only emerge when the sun goes down.
1428 Elm had the chance to talk to Avery Konrad, who plays Sara Myers on the show. Sara is a true wildcard among the town’s residents: some think her mind was fractured by the residents of the town; others wonder if, in her madness, Sara is closer to the secrets of this place than anyone else. New episodes of From on EPIX air Sunday nights on EPIX.
Chatting with Avery Konrad, star of From on EPIX
1428 ELM: What attracted you to the role of Sara, and what was the audition process like?
AVERY KONRAD: The breakdown for Sara came through just like any other audition I would get, and when I saw that Jack [Bender] was behind the show, I was excited because I was always such a huge fan of Lost. I did the initial tape because we’re still in COVID, so I taped it here. I didn’t hear anything for about a week or two.
And then I got the news that they wanted me for a callback, and then they pushed me straight through to a screen test which I also did over Zoom, live with Jack and John [Griffin] and the casting director. That was an interesting experience because I’d never done a screen test over Zoom. Less than 24 hours later, I found out I got the role.
As far as what attracted me to Sara, John is such a beautiful writer; I was drawn to his writing and the character itself. I just felt like Sara felt like a part of me already, which I hadn’t really experienced too many other times with auditions. I’m grateful to have been part of this show.
1428 ELM: What can you tell me about your character Sara Myers, like who she is and what we can expect from her throughout From season 1?
AVERY: The best way I can describe Sara is that there are two sides to her. One side is very delicate and soft and caring, and the other side is very broken and vulnerable and also very resilient at the same time. This thing that is Sara’s motivation throughout the series is her relationship with her brother Nathan.
1428 ELM: From is a fascinating title for a show. What does it mean to you?
AVERY: After reading the script, obviously everyone who lives in the town is brought from different places. I think what it means to me is everyone is there for a specific reason, and we’re all a smaller part of a much bigger picture.
1428 ELM: It seems like you’ve done quite a bit of horror and genre fare between From on EPIX, Falling Skies, Van Helsing, and even R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour. Would you consider yourself a horror fan?
AVERY: This is so funny to me because I actually get scared really easily. People will sometimes have to force me to sit down and watch a horror movie because I get so scared. So I honestly find it comical that this is the genre that I fell into. That being said, I do love it and appreciate it. I think always the stories are really interesting and the acting is always so well done in all of them.
1428 ELM: What do you hope people take away from the series?
AVERY: I hope that people get invested in the stories and world we have created. The writing is so incredible. I found it hard not to get invested. I think it’s so beautifully written in this mysterious way. I hope that people can find connection through their life in at least one of the storylines and take that with them.
Watch the trailer for From on EPIX below:
This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
From on EPIX is a currently airing horror show. New episodes air Sunday nights on EPIX.