ComingSoon said They/Them Starring Cooper Koch, Darwin del Fabro, Monique Kim, and Anna Lore about Peacock’s upcoming slasher set in a conversion camp. The film is now available on the streamer.
“Kevin Bacon plays Owen Whistler in this slasher horror film set in an LGBTQIA+ conversion camp,” says the synopsis. “Many queer and trans campers joined Whistler for a week-long program intended to ‘help them find a new sense of freedom.’ As camp procedures become more psychologically confusing, campers must work together to protect themselves. When a mysterious killer starts claiming victims, things get even more dangerous.
Tyler Treese: Cooper, there’s a great scene in the movie where you all sing p!nk’s “Effing Perfect,” and you seem to have the most energy singing that. Was that acting at that point, or were you just having fun doing karaoke?
Cooper Cook: No, it’s a lot of fun. That’s also the turning point for Stu, that’s when Stu finds out.
Darwin, there is a montage of all the camp participants doing camp activities: tug of war and playing games like that. What were the highlights of the activities for you?
Darwin del Fabro: I think everyone should be together, have fun and breathe. It’s Georgia, like nature, and [to] around that … I’m from New York, so I’m not there every day. So it’s just having a little fun, and putting myself in a summer camp that I haven’t done in Brazil.
Monique, you and Anna share some great scenes throughout. How do you work on your chemistry and develop it?
Monica Kim: Honestly we can’t stand each other. A lot of acting.
Anna Lore: I don’t think anything can, chemistry-wise. We just take each other as actors. We understand each other as artists. We’re both very respectful, and we’re both very excited to play these characters and tell Kim and Veronica’s story. I don’t want to speak for both of us, but it’s easy. It was one of the easiest jobs ever.
Monica Kim: Yes, when I met Anna, I immediately trusted her. As an actor, that’s just liberating. So I had to react to what he gave me, and really, he did all the heavy lifting. I only have facial expressions. so, and that equates to chemistry, to answer your question.
Anna Lore: I would like to add, when we sang “Effing Perfect,” that was the last day the six of us campers were together on set. It was the last day we were all there on the same day, so it was quite emotional and special in that way too.
Cooper Cook: It was also the first thing we rehearsed, [it] that’s what we did first. Our first rehearsal was to do “Effing Perfect.”
You should pinch yourself the moment you’re in a horror film with Kevin Bacon. I’m sure the coolness factor hasn’t gone away. What was your big takeaway from working with such a legend?
Anna Lore: It was a masterclass in acting, watching him. I was very surprised to see him before a take to see him from Kevin to Owen Whistler. To see him change from this nice, chill guy — He’s so warm. He is so generous with his time and his energy for us — And then to see him have this attitude that cannot be different from him as a human being …
Cooper, you talk about Stu starting to accept himself for who he is as the film goes on. What is it about your character’s journey that you connect with the most?
Cooper Cook: I think that’s all. When I was growing up, when I was in high school and in my first year of college, I didn’t really like who I was. So I think that’s what I connect with him the most. I have been through that journey myself. So it’s nice to be able to do it again through someone else. It’s very cathartic, but also healing and beautiful. I have a lot of queer groups around me.
Darwin, I love the twist we get in this film with your character. What excites you about Gabriel and shows different sides of him?
Darwin del Fabro: Ah, that’s a good question. I think the excitement is just … Gabriel started the journey in this movie. It is very weak and dangerous and people judge him by his appearance. We discover through the journey of the movie that she is very powerful, and it’s good to know that you can be powerful in celebrating who you are.