From Higher Name Saul to Preacher, the characters Julie Ann Emery portrays have a manner of sticking with us. She stars in a brand new present, 5 Days at Memorial, airing on August 12 on Apple TV, which is bound to have the identical impact. Primarily based on the eponymous guide, the present follows the real-life impression of Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath on a hospital and its caretakers, who’re compelled to make troublesome selections. The present has an eerie resemblance to the chaos that ensued throughout the pandemic. We caught up with Emery to study in regards to the problem taking over this position and what she enjoys outdoors of labor to maintain her grounded, from skin care to climbing.
How did the pandemic have an effect on the angle whereas filming 5 Days at Memorial?
“John Ridley, at our first forged assembly over zoom, quoted Mark Twain and stated, ‘Historical past doesn’t repeat itself, nevertheless it does rhyme.’ We’ve seen that many occasions since Katrina. Frankly, taking pictures this throughout the pandemic was, I’m not going to lie, miserable that we haven’t come additional than we now have as a society in how we deal with these illnesses. So I actually hope the present generally is a dialog starter for folks. I hope folks actually take note of their establishments, their authorities on each stage, native, state, federal. That’s the place the place we are able to hopefully make a distinction when catastrophe strikes. I describe the present this manner: ‘When catastrophe strikes and nobody involves your rescue. What do you do? Who do you grow to be?’ However I hope, as a bigger society, we are able to do higher for one another. I actually hope this present spotlights that.