aking its inspiration from a ’70s UK sci-fi classic, The Tomorrow People is The CW’s new sci-fi action-adventure series, following a team of super-powered youths taking their first bold steps into a brave new world…
Mad Men star Peyton List is Cara Coburn, one of the Tomorrow People, and spoke to Digital Spy about the new series, getting immersed in science fiction and on-screen romances.
Were you aware of the original Tomorrow People series from the UK before being cast on this show?
“I wasn’t aware of the original UK version beforehand. It wasn’t until after I was cast that I found out we were doing a modern take on the series from the ’70s. It’s fun that we can look at the old clips, draw from them, and put our own twist on things.”
What was it about the Tomorrow People pilot script that appealed to you?
“The pilot script of The Tomorrow People was immediately appealing to me. The character of Cara was everything I was dying to play but I also found myself investing in all the other characters as well. The story itself pulled me in and before I realized it, I was turning to the last page. When that happens you know you’ve found something special.”
You previously starred on FlashForward – are you a fan of sci-fi and fantasy series?
“FlashForward was my first real immersion into the sci-fi world. I had always been intrigued by it, but it wasn’t until filming FlashForward that I really discovered how much I love the genre.”
What sort of character is Cara Coburn? How would you describe her?
“The character of Cara is complex. Similar to most of our characters [on the show], she’s not one thing or the other. She’s strong-willed, deliberate, and empowered. However, she can also be compassionate and patient. She has a strong sense of self which is always enjoyable for an actor. For better or worse, she commits to what she believes in and makes no apologies for it.”
Do we find out anything about her life before joining up with John (Luke Mitchell) and the others?
“One thing that has been exciting about shooting the series is how quickly we explore our characters’ back stories. Very early on, we learn a tremendous amount about John, Cara, and Russell (Aaron Yoo), as well as the family history attached to Jedikiah (Mark Pellegrino) and how that relates to Stephen (Robbie Amell).”
What is the team dynamic like between The Tomorrow People?
“The team dynamic of The Tomorrow People is interesting. Each of us fulfils a different role that we’ve each assumed over time based on need, personality and skill-set. That’s not to say there aren’t many clashes of opinion amongst the group.”
Should we expect romantic complications between the main characters?
“Given the introduction of Stephen into the world of The Tomorrow People, romantic complications are unavoidable. When we meet John and Cara, they are already a couple and have clearly been together for some time.
“However, Stephen and Cara share a very powerful telepathic connection that creates a closeness and understanding of each other. This bond between them poses a threat to Cara and John’s relationship and dynamic.”
The CW has paired you with a hit show, Arrow, on Wednesday nights – does that feel like a real sign of support from the network?
“We were thrilled to find out we were paired with Arrow. The network has been incredibly supportive and we couldn’t have asked for better placement. Our two shows exist in different sci-fi worlds but both are relatable and have similar human elements.”
Finally – why should viewers tune in to watch The Tomorrow People?
“People should tune into The Tomorrow People because it’s explosive and exciting to watch, but also because it has elaborate story telling. Our characters are multi-faceted individuals trying to cope with extreme situations and meet the challenges their world has thrown in front of them.”