Zach Gilford has come a long way friday night lights. The actor played cute quarterback Matt Saracen on the high school football drama from 2006 to 2011. But he’s far from a nice guy criminal thoughts: Development. The revival of the CBS long-running hit criminal thoughts premiered Thanksgiving Day on Paramount+, with Gilford taking on a central role in the series as creepy serial killer Elias Voit. He spoke to Showbiz Cheat Sheet about his recent role on Netflix midnight fair helped him land his part in the new criminal thoughts and how there’s a bit of Matt Saracen in his portrayal of Elias Voit.
[Warning: This article contains spoilers for Criminal Minds: Evolution Episodes 1 and 2.]
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Last year Gilford starred in Mike Flanagan’s horror miniseries midnight fair. He played Riley Flynn, a former businessman who has just been released from prison after serving four years for the murder of a woman in a drunk car crash. Riley returns home to Crockett Island, which is soon plagued by a series of strange, supernatural events.
Gilford believes his performance as the troubled, guilt-ridden Riley helped him land the role of Elias Voit Criminal Thoughts: Evolution.
“I really think between midnight fair and maybe even some friday night lights That’s how I got this role,” Gilford said. “I think the creators, I know they were big fans of [Midnight Mass] and I think it was just seeing some of the darker side of me that made them think, ‘Oh, he could be a serial killer.'”
But Voit is not just any serial killer. When the pandemic forced him to stop killing, he began to create a network of other killers. Criminal Thoughts: Evolution takes place in 2022 when the world has opened up again and Voit has activated his deadly network.
In its original form criminal thoughts They typically took a case-of-the-week approach to storytelling. but evolution stretches things out, with the BAU agents tracking Volt and his network of other killers over the course of 10 episodes. That allows for a deeper insight into a “complex character” like Voit, Gilford said.
“What we’re doing that we’ve never really been able to do before criminal thoughtsThat means we go home with the unknown and we see who these monsters are when they are people and they live in the world and they have jobs and the people around them are,” he explained.
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The twist on the original criminal thoughts Format means audiences can see Voit not only as a killer, but also as he appears to those who don’t know his true nature: an average guy with a job, a wife and a few kids. From that perspective, he’s a character not unlike Matt Saracen.
“I think the Matt Saracen aspect brings it to the human side of Voit, where [people were like] ‘I think Zach can make an audience like anyone, even a serial killer,'” Gilford said. “So we basically got married friday night lights and midnight fair and this is Criminal Thoughts: Evolution.”
New episodes of Criminal Thoughts: Evolution are available Thursdays on Paramount+.
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