‘The Innocents’ – How Percelle Scott found Harry’s vulnerability

An actor and his instincts

Percelle Ascott of ‘The Innocents’ on Netflix

Q: What challenged you most about your character of Harry on Netflix’s “The Innocents”?

A: I think … just finding that vulnerability of what it feels like to be in this relationship and to fall in love again for the first time. And that’s the sentiment I leave you with … is just to kind of think about that first time you fell in love with someone and what that forced you to do, what feelings inside were triggered, and I wanted that to feel real, I wanted that to be authentic. And ultimately, it was trying to find that vulnerability, to strip away my instincts of what I would do in a situation and remove that. … But sometimes with a character like Harry, it becomes a moment in which you have to let go and that feeling of letting go is the most, I guess, scary moment you can be in because I’m not using, say rigid ideas of who Harry is. I kind of just become him. I feel what he’s feeling through the choices he’s making and I just try to place myself in his shoes as much as I can, really.

Q: What did you think of to produce Harry’s initial reaction to June’s shape-shifting?

A: … Farren (Blackburn), the director, would come up to me and just kind of briefly give me a note or two about what this might feel (like), and I guess from there I just let my instinct take over. And ultimately … it was this conflict of just what you’re seeing is not real. And I think that’s the thing, that most things happen in life, whatever you believe in, the first thing we do as humans anyway, human instinct is to deny something, and we force that. It could be anything. We deny who we’re in love with. We deny who we’re against. There are so many times where we always say no to things and I think that’s where I place myself with Harry until I let that journey build in itself and he finally comes to that place of reasoning authentically, and also peace.

George Dickie

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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