Interview with Freeform’s “The Watch Eye” cast members Amy Acker & Warren Christie, & EP Emily Fox chimes in as we talk Supernatural Murder Mystery. #TheWatchfulEye @WatchfulEye @FreeformTV #EmilyFox @AmyAcker @HWarrenChristie @Rmediavilla

Interview by Rafy Mediavilla with Freeform’s “The Watchful Eye” cast members Warren Christie, & Amy Acker and Showrunner/EP, Emily Fox, as we chatted about the Hispanic representation in the story, Supernatural murder mysteries, and much more.

“The Watchful Eye” follows Elena Santos, a young woman with a complicated past, maneuvering her way into working as a live-in nanny for an affluent family in Manhattan. She quickly learns that everyone in the mysterious building has deadly secrets and ulterior motives. What they don’t know, however, is that Elena has some shocking secrets of her own.


Emily, as a Hispanic person, I want to say thank you for that. Because I don’t believe we are a minority anymore. So, I want to know if the lead begins a Hispanic Latina was that something present from the beginning or did somebody tell you, we should go this way?

Emily Fox:

It was in the project from the beginning. I think that was how it was conceptualized. That’s how the character kind of came into the world. And her identity is very tied up in, you know, her family, her background. You know, I think what we tried to do was sort of, you know, make that an important aspect of her character and how she sees the world, but not. You know, we wanted to stay away from stereotypes and make her a complex and kind of like a character with many layers.

Well, she’s a survivor. She’s extremely clever. She’s you know, she’s a chameleon, but she’s also vulnerable and real. And her grief is real. Her sadness is real. Her joy is real, and her passion is real. And, you know, and she’s a young woman in a big city. And, you know, she’s surrounded by hot guys. I mean, it’s, you know, it’s fun. We wanted to lean into the fun of it, and we were so blessed to find Mariel, who was just such a dynamic presence and so studious as an actor and cares deeply about the craft, and is a joy to work with. And, you know, she brought that character to life. I mean, it’s and she really glows from within. It’s a joy to watch her. And so, but yeah, it was important to the story.


Amy, I’m coming to you. We see two sides from Tory. We see her vulnerable side. We see her tough side. And I see that as a way to cope with the situation or a way to manage everything that’s happening. If you can talk to her and have a one-on-one conversation with her. What advice would you give her without giving too much away?

Amy Acker:

Oh, well, she. She could use some therapy for sure. I think, you know, just kind of. Take a breath. Mostly. And I think she has a real defense mechanism of thinking everyone’s out to get her and maybe learning to trust people more and learning to be more open and take help when you’re offered.


Warren I’m coming to you. Matthew is completely different from Tori; we see them butting heads constantly throughout the series. But I don’t think Matthew is completely aware of what’s going on here. He keeps to himself. He keeps to what he could do to help. And that’s about it. Do you think that he’s doing that on purpose or is he’s just trying to avoid the situation?

Warren Christie:

I think I think because the beginning of the show starts with such a tragic event that sets everything on its course. And him specifically, he’s just trying to protect his son and he’s trying to make sure he’s okay. So, you know, I was saying earlier something like, I think we don’t see him offscreen. He wakes up, he takes a breath, and he gets dressed and he just goes because he’s trying to make sure everything’s okay. And so while he may be oblivious to some things around him, he may miss a few red flags with Elena or different people. It’s because he’s got such tunnel vision, which is his son, and protecting his son and trying to heal both of them and move forward.

And I think that it’s a very simple way of trying to look at things because I think if he started to try and juggle too many things, it would all come crashing down. And so, when we see things later in the show come about, and when we do start to see it penetrate into him, you know, you see things unravel a little bit. But I think his main focus is really always just his son and trying to heal.


Amy, I want to go back to you. I want to talk about working with Mariel. Because it seems like the two of you really bonded through the series. I could see it through your posts in social media. To me, it seems that you two became best friends throughout the whole process of filming. Talk about working with her. What I’m seeing is true?

Amy Acker:

Yes. I love her. She was my step wife. So, we would have dinner together at night. I would be like I made chicken come over, honey. But, yeah, she’s. She really is such a special person. And I kept saying nice things about her, and I don’t think you could find anyone on the crew who wasn’t affected by her in a positive way. She just brought life to the set, and she always was wanting to work harder. She was never like someone trying to get out of there early. You know, she wanted to make it right and make it good and wanted everyone to have fun in the process. And so, any chance you get to hang out with Mariel, I suggest you take her up on it.


Emily, one question for you. We have seen so many murder mysteries being produced, and they all work so well. What is it about this one that you feel is a special take on the genre?

Emily Fox:

I mean, I think, you know, one of the questions you get the most often as a writer when you’re conceptualizing a show or movie, it’s, you know, what are the stakes? What’s at stake here? What are we as an audience going to really care about? And I think, you know, we have a story that begins one way and takes you in a wild zigzag towards its, you know, sort of the finale. But even just within, you know, you’re just never bored because there’s always something new to learn.

And I think, you know, looking at it as a metaphor, it’s like Mariel comes in or Elena comes in thinking one thing, a very black-and-white view of the world as, you know, the haves and the have-nots, and never the twain shall meet. And the people that have money have no problems. You know, like they’re insulated from things like grief or need or, you know, the mess is just kept at bay.

And these people are just terrible and two-dimensional. And then as she’s inside this building, you know, and getting to know these people as individuals, her point of view starts to change, and our point of view starts to change. And I think it just sheds light on our shared humanity and the way that it doesn’t matter like grief is grief and pain is pain. And it expands her worldview, and it changes her, and she changes them.

And I think as a viewer the mystery is sort of what keeps you coming back because you’re desperate to know the answer. But I think what keeps you there and what makes it interesting is the depth of all the characters and watching them go, watching them interact with each other, go through their individual journeys, and learn things alongside of us. And the challenge with the mystery is always making sure you’re not getting ahead of the audience, but that the audience isn’t getting ahead of you. And that’s always the challenge for the writers when we’re crafting this kind of like slow, like peeling away of the layers is, you know, you want to make sure that you keep that perfect pace.

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