Claire Holt and the “Age” of Aquarius on NBC!

Written by Cecelia Lawshe   // May 27, 2015

Grey Damon, Brian Shafe, Claire Holt, Charmain Tully, David Duchovny, Sam Hodiak, Emma Dumont, Emma Karn, Gethin Anthony, Charles Manson, Aquarius

Claire Holt begins her “Age” of Aquarius as Officer Charmain Tully on 4/28/2015 on NBC!

The Originals Claire Holt will be Officer Charmain Tully on the new 13-week event series “Aquarius” starring David Duchovny as Sam Hodiak and Gethin Anthony as Charles Manson!

For the opportunity of working with David Duchovny, Claire Holt turned in her fangs for a tight bun, an officer’s uniform, and the opportunity to fight for a place in the LAPD boy’s club.

When she read the script she was excited. Coming from Australia, she didn’t realize what a magnetic personality Charles Manson was. She was also excited to be part of the LAPD story and to work with David Duchovny. As for her character, Charmain is desperate to be taken seriously, but she’s constantly ordered around and feels subordinate. When she gets the chance to go under cover, it’s almost like a drug for her. She also likes the fact she gets the opportunity to play a character on the forefront of women’s rights.

According to David Duchovny, the story is about America and not Manson. The series, which is envisioned as being six seasons, will have all 13 episodes of the first season online at NBC for a limited time, ala the binge-type watching of NetFlix and other cable shows, after the Thursday, May 28th, 2014, two-hour premiere which begins at 9/8c on NBC.

Creator John McNamara classifies the series as “historical fiction” and begins two years before the Sharon Tate murders, when Manson is struggling to be a songwriter surrounded by beautiful women. David says, “Manson is posing as a peace-and-love dude and ends up being our first famous mass murderer, so he’s more of a symbol of when the ’60s died.”

During it’s 13 weeks it will deal with the Viet Nam war, race relations, the gay community, and the rise of feminism. In addition to social change, there will also be sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll! Each scene has been shot twice. Once for network TV, and an edgier version for the DVD release.

McNamara says the entire six season will continue into 1984 for its ultimate conclusion, stating, “The show really is about how people deal with failure, tragedy, and changes. How do you face the aftermath of things you couldn’t stop or fix?”

“Aquarius” press release synopsis

It’s 1967 and the era of free love, drug experimentation and the Vietnam War is in full effect. When the teenage daughter of a respected lawyer goes missing, L.A. Police Sgt. Sam Hodiak (David Duchovny, “Californication,” “The X-Files”) starts asking around. He soon discovers that the hippie kids he’s questioning don’t take kindly to cops, especially one with hair as short as his. Needing the help of someone they will trust, he partners with rebellious undercover cop Brian Shafe, a man who’s more comfortable rolling a joint than patrolling a beat. It’s not long before they stumble upon a small-time cult leader seeking out vulnerable women to join his cause. From there, they follow this man’s trail down a rabbit hole of drugs, sex, murder and cultural revolution. Little could they know, however, the guy they’re hunting will eventually become the killer we now recognize as Charles Manson. He was a lost soul who desperately wanted to get into the music scene of the ’60s until something snapped. This is the show that will explore the cat and mouse game between him and the police that will go on for several seasons, ultimately ending with the infamous Tate-LaBianca murders.

The series was written by John McNamara, who is an executive producer with David Duchovny, Marty Adelstein, and Melanie Greene. It’s produced by Marty Adelstein Productions and ITV Studios America.

Promotional pictures for Aquarius

Claire Holt interview

Aquarius Preview – Murder. Madness. Manson.

Charlie Manson, Unwanted Party Guest

Sneak peek of Aquarius

Aquarius, starring David Duchovny and Claire Holt, has its two-hour premiere Thursday, May 28th, 2014, at 9/8c, on NBC!

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