‘Sex, violence, art, culture, comedy, a bit of politics, in a mashup dangling like a charm of a bracelet of a teenager; juggling a faberge egg while shredding skateboard along the trim.’ Yes, that’s how Billy Zane described ‘Guilt.’
The story of Freeform’s newest drama, Guilt may sound familiar — Grace (played by Daisy Head) is an American in London who becomes the prime suspect in the murder of her roommate; as the case goes on, the public isn’t sure how to view her — insane or just a young girl who’s rocky past is now haunting her. So, is it based on Amanda Knox‘s case?
“We’ve drawn from a lot of big, sensational cases for this,” co-creator Kathryn Price told HollywoodLife.com at ATX TV Festival in Austin before the premiere. “Really the most interesting part to us is just kind of how in general these cases, kinda from the OJ Simpson trial on up, they take on a life of their own. It becomes almost like an industry around the case.”
“Everyone’s getting famous off of it in this weird way & (we’re) fascinated in all of the different players,” she said. “So we wanted to do something where we were following all these difference players that we think we’d get to know from our arm chairs at home.”
“It’s a pot boiler, a page turner, [and] a guilty pleasure,” Billy Zane who plays Grace’s lawyer, Stan, said about the show. “Not only does the show do a deep dive and start introducing multiple suspects as a tactic for defense, but we also lift the vail on the process of the law, and how how curious the idea is. It’s irrelevant whether [Grace]’s guilty to my character; what’s important is we find out who else looks guilty and create a possibility and probability that someone else did that. That’s unnerving and frightening.”
The premiere of Guilt airs on Freeform at 9PM on Monday, June 13.