‘Huge Sky’ Star On Kidnapping Thriller & Grace’s Journey: Interview – Hollywood Life

‘Huge Sky’ has many mysteries that can depart you wanting extra. HL spoke EXCLUSIVELY with Jade Pettyjohn about Grace and Danielle’s kidnapping and what’s forward.

Your subsequent TV obsession has arrived within the type of Huge Sky. The brand new David E. Kelley collection follows non-public detectives Cassie Dewell (Kylie Bunbury) and Cody Hoyt (Ryan Phillippe) who crew up with Cody’s estranged spouse and ex-cop, Jenny Hoyt (Katheryn Winnick), to seek for two sisters (Jade Pettyjohn and Natalie Alyn Lind) who’ve been kidnapped.

HollywoodLife talked EXCLUSIVELY with the Little Fires All over the place alum concerning the thriller surrounding Grace and Danielle’s kidnapping and the way they attempt to combat again amidst the “vile circumstances” they discover themselves in. She additionally defined Danielle and Grace’s sibling dynamic in season 1, and the way she’s bonded together with her co-stars over Zoom.

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Jade Pettyjohn stars as Grace in ‘Huge Sky.’ (ABC)

Why have been you drawn to this undertaking after Little Fires All over the place?
Jade Pettyjohn: David E. Kelley is the author and showrunner, and that actually speaks for itself. He’s an incredible author and has a superb thoughts. So the story simply instantly pulled me in once I learn the primary script. Particularly coming from Little Fires, taking over all of Grace was very thrilling for me as a result of she’s the polar reverse of Lexie. In the beginning of the collection, you see her as form of a standard teenage lady, a bit of introverted, however positively has a robust sense of self. However then she will get kidnapped and put in one of the vital excessive, darkish, and vile circumstances that you could possibly ever consider, and to discover Grace stepping as much as the plate, the place she cracks, and the way one copes with that’s simply actually fascinating to me. There’s a lot thriller within the present, and I simply suppose that it pulls you in. I like these sorts of tales.

Even simply watching the trailer, it looks like a mixture of genres. How would you describe the present? 
Jade Pettyjohn: It positively does combine some genres. I positively really feel that this present is a thriller thriller, however I additionally really feel that the present tackles some very actual human parts. There are positively some comedic parts to it, however I feel it explores relationships in a really possible way and the way we work together with each other. On high of that, it’s simply juicy and thrilling.

Natalie Alyn Lind performs your older sister. What are you able to tease about Grace and Danielle’s sibling relationship? 
Jade Pettyjohn: Natalie is unimaginable. Danielle and Grace are polar opposites. Danielle is outgoing, into boys, and tremendous extroverted. Grace is unquestionably extra introverted and prefers listening to a criminal offense podcast than exit with buddies. Although they’re polar opposites, they’re very, very shut and embark on this highway journey collectively and get kidnapped. Exploring the connection between these two and the way they address such a loopy expertise is actually fascinating. We have now to discover ways to work collectively to attempt to survive. That has simply been a extremely fantastic factor to discover with Natalie. She’s such an unimaginable and beneficiant actress. We’ve been having lots of enjoyable making a relationship. I feel sisterhood is a extremely fascinating bond that two ladies have. There’s lots of love there, and there’s lots of connection. I do suppose that Danielle and Grace are bonded. Nevertheless, I feel their expertise with one thing as traumatic as they’re going on this explicit present, creates this bond that goes deeper than anything than they ever have skilled with one another. They actually should step as much as the plate and attempt to do something they will to outlive.

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Jade Pettyjohn and Natalie Alyn Lind on the set of ‘Huge Sky.’ (ABC)

What are you able to say about how Grace and Danielle deal with the kidnapping? 
Jade Pettyjohn: They get kidnapped and don’t know why. Clearly, there’s an enormous query mark round it. However because the collection progresses, you understand that it runs lots darker and deeper than only a kidnapping. There are lots of vile parts to the storyline, and it progresses and unravels because the collection does. However what I actually love is… I feel it’s very easy to jot down a plotline of two ladies who get kidnapped. They’re kidnapped and afraid, however lots occurs on this collection. You see these two ladies discover some type of energy to combat again as a lot as they probably can, they usually do no matter they should do to outlive, which is excessive. I’m actually excited for individuals to see how these sisters evolve and see how they attempt to combat again as a lot as they will.

Not even realizing the storyline simply but, however it looks as if Danielle and Grace’s journey parallels Jenny and Cassie’s journey as they attempt to put the items of the kidnappings collectively. 
Jade Pettyjohn: They actually do run parallel. And that’s one other actually wonderful factor about working with David E. Kelley. You’ll be able to see in actually each undertaking he’s created from Huge Little Lies to The Undoing, the writing for feminine characters, specifically, is so robust. Each single character is written with a lot depth. I by no means really feel like I’m scratching the floor with Grace, simply because the writing is so full and dynamic. It makes for extra fascinating storytelling, in my view, when you’ve got feminine characters which are properly rounded.

As a consequence of COVID-19, set life is a bit of completely different. Have you ever met your fellow co-stars and bonded with them? 
Jade Pettyjohn: They’re unimaginable. After we are all in quarantine in August, we did Zoom sport nights each week. Each few days, we’d hop on Zoom and simply verify in on one another and see how we have been doing. However then we’d additionally all get collectively and do sport nights over Zoom, which was a extremely good way of having the ability to bond with one another, particularly the folks that I by no means actually work with. It makes it simply simpler with the individuals I do work with as a result of that camaraderie and people household parts are nonetheless there, even when we’re socially distant.

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