Carl Lundstedt is an actor most known for his work on Grey’s Anatomy and Conviction. He will be playing Liam in the upcoming Freeform series Cloak & Dagger. Noëlle Renée Bercy is an actress most known for her work in films like Home Sweet Hell and Blood Brother. She will be playing Evita Fusilier in Cloak & Dagger. Freeform’s Cloak & Dagger premiered on June 7, 2018.
Screen Rant was on hand to with other members of the press to talk to Carl and Noëlle on Press Day, where we discussed what it was like to find out they would be a part of the Marvel Universe, what issues they think Cloak & Dagger will address, and how they feel the audience will relate to the world that has been created in the series.
Q: What first attracted you to the show? Did you know that it was a Marvel show?
Noëlle: Initially, no. It was super, super secret. I was just like, “Whoa! These sides are really well written. I can relate to this girl.” And then I had to dig a little bit.
Carl: I think it literally said “Untitled Marvel Project” for me.
Noëlle: Oh! Not even Marvel. “Untitled Freeform pilot” for me. Yeah, didn’t even know Marvel was involved.
Carl: I think that when I booked it, when we actually signed the contract, obviously at that point we knew. But up till, I only auditioned once for this, and I had no idea what it was for.
Carl: And so as we're finding out, I was going farther along with the process. I think we found out what the name of the project was super last minute. And then I of course looked up Cloak and Dagger, tried to find out as much about this Liam Walsh character as possible. Only to find out that he’s not in the comics. (LAUGHS) So I was like, “Aw crap. I really have no idea what I’m getting myself into.” Except that even from that first audition, the sides, which I probably only had like three pages, and we’re auditioning for stuff all the time. You could just tell that it was really well written. Which is, you know, I just knew that it was going to be something solid from the moment that I read it.
Noëlle: I wanted to be like, “I knew. When you know, you know.” But this was like, “Wow, this is like me.” You know what I mean?
Carl: Yeah, of course.
Q: And wouldn’t it be cool if he ends up in the comics?
Noëlle: That would be great.
Carl: Yeah, that would be really special. Yeah, it would be really cool. I have a friend who's on Riverdale right now, and I think that as they're like, I think they released a more updated sort of like cartoons of them, and it is his likeness.
Noëlle: That’s so cool,
Carl: And it's really special to see that that. That would be cool.
Noëlle: Yeah, cartoon forms.
Q: Precedent for it.
Carl: So. Yeah. Right, exactly, exactly.
Q: When you showed up to work, what was the sequence or the scene that you had to step your game up? And go like, “Even though it’s a superhero world, you've got to make this believable.” Was there something that kind of tested you in those first four episodes or so?
Carl: I think that having Gina Prince-Bythewood direct your first episode kind of sets the tone, right away for what kind of project this is going to be. So it's obviously they were like, “We’re doing the damn thing.” You know?
Noëlle: Keeping it as authentic as possible. Staying true to the story.
Carl: Yeah. I mean I've been a fan of Gina's movies for the last couple of years. My girlfriend like showed me a bunch of them, before this project even came up. And so just working with-
Noëlle: Working with Gina was a dream. I’m sorry. Just a black woman. This was, this was, “What!?” And I remember on set. Someone was asking, it was one of the extras, they were trying to figure out who the director was. And they would point to this white man, and then that white man, and then this white man. And I’m like, “No, it’s the black woman over there.”
Carl: Sounds about right.
Noëlle: And they were like, “Wait. The one with the hoodie?” And I was like, “The one with the hoodie.” (LAUGHS) So it was just great.
Carl: That’s an amazing story.
Q: I really like your character's’ arc, like the voodoo thing. Where did you-
Noëlle: It was really cool. I'm from New Orleans so I'm really familiar with the culture and voodoo culture. I mean, I definitely don't go home and we don’t like stew up, you know what I mean?, But I do have some people that I was able to personally speak to them while studying for that. So it was really cool.
Q: What would you say resonated with you guys? I mean, it feels very timely, the issues that are being explored. So tell me about that. Because you were already at work when everybody else in the planet took notice about these issues all of a sudden. So tell me a little bit about that side of it.
Noëlle: It's great to shed light, to broadcast it. A lot of people don't want to touch on things like this. So it just feels great to be a part of it.
Carl: And I hope, and I believe, that it will be really effective as far as getting people to pay attention to these kinds of issues. Mostly because the way that the issues are manifested in the story, it really is all about the story happening. And these things are vital in order for the plot to go from point A to point B. And for the characters to take action. And so I think, it’s not at all a heavy handed, like, “This show is about the issues, like pay attention to issues.” The issues are what's informing the plot. And the plot is hopefully going to be compelling people to want to keep tuning in. Because writers and everybody is just, as we've been saying to other people, it's just a really well crafted, I think, in my limited experience. It's just a very solid-
Noëlle: Well thought out, like unbiased.
Carl: Very unbiased.
Q: You can reach a bigger audience with a superhero show, as we can see with a lot of current films and TV shows now. What are you hoping the audiences take away from Cloak and Dagger? With the message.
Noëlle: I hope that people can see themselves in this. I feel we broadcast so many different races, so many different cultures, so many different classes, so many different backgrounds. I feel like everyone can find themselves somewhere in this and see that there is hope. There’s hope out there for all of us.
Carl: Yeah. I think that the show is really about Tyrone who basically just has a ton of anxiety, right? Like he's really afraid. Because in the beginning he was presented as this boy, he's fearless. And then he becomes very afraid and he's older. And he's trying to do everything himself. And then you got Tandy who is full of hope as a child and then when she's older and she's kinda hopeless, just kind of depressed in a way. And she's trying to handle it all by herself. And hopefully without giving too much away, you start to find that when they're actually connecting to each other and connecting to others who are out to help them. That that's when they're able to find growth from those places. And for teenagers and like for myself, I mean I just think that our culture, obviously in additional to all the important social issues that the show brings up. That, just talking about anxiety and depression and stuff like that. And that people who are portrayed as like superheroes are actually just like fumbling all over themselves all season. But that the moments of clarity are coming from actually like reaching out and being okay with who they are and with where they're at. I just think it's really powerful. And I think it's great for young people to be able to pay attention to them.
Q: To be part of Marvel’s show, obviously there's the implication of being connected to a larger world. Is that something that interests both of you? Or do you like the show being on its own? And doing its own very specific thing that’s different than a lot of Marvel superhero material.
Noëlle: I think it’s very much so its own show. It very much so has its own specific thing that we’re telling. But I love that it’s attached to Marvel. I love that it’s going to bring in all of those people. That it’s going to touch that many more.
Carl: Well I think it's really special to be a part of a world like a universe that is existing on television in so many different networks or you know Netflix and everything. But that our show also can coexist in a way with no shows. It just makes it a more fleshed out to me. It's just cool to be honest. I don't know that there's going to be any crossover. But it's just kinda cool to like know that there-
Q: The potential, or that there’s something out there. Kind of enriches it in its own know.
Q: And when you know you’ll tell us.
Carl: Of course (LAUGHS) We got you.
Noëlle: We got you (LAUGHS)
Cloak and Dagger premiered on Freeform on June 7, 2018.