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NOC Interview: Emily Hampshire Discusses Her New Series, ‘Chapelwaite’

Emily Hampshire stars as Rebecca in EPIX’s new series, Chapelwaite. Based on the short story Jerusalem’s Lot by Stephen King, Chapelwaite is a 10-episode drama and will premiere on Sunday, August 22. This is the first series from EPIX Studios and is a terrifying re-imagining of classic gothic horror, honoring the grand literary traditions of Poe, Stoker and Lovecraft – all filtered through the modern lens of horror master Stephen King.

Set in the 1850s, the Chapelwaite follows Captain Charles Boone (Brody), who relocates his family of three children to his ancestral home in the small, seemingly sleepy town of Preacher’s Corners, Maine after his wife dies at sea. However, Charles will soon have to confront the secrets of his family’s sordid history, and fight to end the darkness that has plagued the Boones for generations. 

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The actress is best known for her role as Stevie Budd on the beloved Schitt’s Creek. The series just recently came to an end after six seasons in 2020. She also portrayed Jennifer Goines in SYFY’s 12 Monkeys. Now, Hampshire will take on the role of Rebecca Morgan.

Rebecca Morgan is an ambitious young woman who left Preacher’s Corners to attend Mount Holyoke College, and has returned home with an advance to write a story for the new and prestigious Atlantic Magazine.  Her writer’s block lifts when Boone arrives in town with his children, and despite her mother’s protests, Rebecca applies to be governess of the infamous Chapelwaite manor and the Boone family in order to write about them. In doing so, Rebecca will not only craft the next great gothic novel, she’ll unravel a mystery that has plagued her own family for years.

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Hampshire and I discussed what attracted her to the role, getting to do a period piece, and what will make Chapelwaite stand out to audiences. Watch my interview below to hear everything she told me!

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