Anna Paquin has got things handled on Pop’s new drama Flack — and EW has an exclusive look at the first full trailer for the series.
Set in what Pop TV calls “the cutthroat world of celebrity public relations,” Flack is a six-part limited series starring Academy Award-winner Paquin as Robyn, described by the network as “an American publicist living in London who is an expert in her craft but a complete self-saboteur when it comes to her personal life. Robyn’s work as a crisis PR strategist is fast-paced and unpredictable as she counsels ill-behaved high-profile clients in a world where problems can go viral in an instant.”
Paquin is also taking on the role of executive producer alongside her husband and True Blood costar, Stephen Moyer. Created by Oliver Lansley and directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Peter Cattaneo (The Full Monty), the six-episode first season also stars Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda), Marc Warren (The Good Wife), Rebecca Benson (Game of Thrones), Lydia Wilson (Black Mirror), Genevieve Angelson (Good Girls Revolt), Arinzé Kene (Crazyhead), and Rufus Jones (Episodes). Bradley Whitford (The West Wing) will guest star.
Here, Paquin chats with EW about her new series.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How would you describe Flack?
ANNA PAQUIN: It’s about an American publicist living in London who is exceptionally good at cleaning up other people’s messes, often in ways that are somewhat morally compromising. My character, Robyn, is an absolute disaster in her own life, sort of walking that fine line between chaos and sort of nervous breakdown most of the time.
What’s it been like exec-producing while starring on the series?
It’s funny because even when I’m not the producer on a job, I’m very cognizant of what the factors and statistics are on any given day for production. I’ve never really been one of those actors that just kind of shows up on set and does my thing and then kinda goes, “Okay, bye!” you know? So it’s kind of just part of who I am on set anyway. It’s just nice being given credit for it. Being officially part of the conversation as opposed to having to come up with really tactful ways of trying to insert yourself into the conversation.
The show has a mostly female ensemble. Was that by design?
The company my character works for is largely female-run and female-owned. The other main character on the show is my character’s sister [Genevieve Angelson]. So we have an amazing ensemble of incredibly badass, very talented women. There are wonderful boys in our cast, too, but it was a really amazing coven, sisterhood-type atmosphere where we all got very, very, very close. Everyone has each other’s backs in a wonderful way, and I think you get really amazing performances out of that environment.
Flack premieres Feb. 21 at 10 p.m. ET on Pop TV.