Twin Peaks stars on why it was a cultural phenomenon
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When Twin Peakshit the airwaves in 1990, it captivated the country in a way no other show could. Millions watched the pilot, entranced as creators David Lynch and Mark Frost introduced a quirky small town where high school beauty queens washed up on the beach and the local diner served the best cherry pie you could buy. Twin Peaks mania spread across the nation, surprising even the cast of the show.
For EW’s new cover story on the upcoming revival, original Twin Peaks cast members like Sherilyn Fenn, Kyle MacLachlan, Madchen Amick, and Peggy Lipton reunited to reflect on the show’s peculiar legacy.
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“I remember they screened the pilot,” recalls Fenn, who played Audrey Horne. “And I’m like, ‘Well, I don’t know. No one’s going to see it. Everyone’s sleeping with everyone!’ I mean, I had no idea.”
Despite Fenn’s doubts, the show was a massive success. Even now, Twin Peaks boasts a rabid fan base — which still obsesses over every weird Lynchian detail in the show.
“It was new for its time,” says MacLachlan, who starred as FBI Agent Dale Cooper. “The characters did things that you didn’t expect them to do. But it was more than that: It was a world. You kind of immersed yourself in a different place. I think people forgot where they were when they watched the program. They just kind of fell into the world of Twin Peaks.”