‘I Still See You’: Richard Harmon talks post-apocalyptic roles and his newest film with Bella Thorne
‘The 100’ actor Richard Harmon spoke with MEAWW about his latest project ‘I Still See You’ about a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by ghosts
Many might know actor Richard Harmon from his pivotal role on the CW post-apocalyptic series ‘The 100’ or A&E’s ‘Bates Motel’. Most of Harmon’s roles are dark or are set in a dark world, and his newest film ‘I Still See You’ is no different.
Starring Bella Thorne, Dermot Mulroney and Harmon, ‘I Still See You’ is a supernatural thriller where the world is inhabited by ghosts called remnants or “rems”, which are people that died in a post-apocalyptic disaster. Thorne plays 16-year-old Ronnie Calder whose life gets turned upside down when a familiar rem begins to stalk her. She teams up with mysterious loner and classmate Kirk (played by Harmon) to help figure out what the rem wants from her so she can find the answers she has always wanted.
MEAWW spoke with Harmon about his role in the film and what it is that continues to draw him to these dark, post-apocalyptic roles. In all of these stories about a world after devastation, there is consistently one thing in common, humanity. Harmon expanded on this aspect of his projects and why he connects to them so much.
“What draws me to these projects specifically is the humanity. With ‘I Still See You’, what really intrigued me was this story of people who have been through such great loss and devastation. It’s kind of cathartic in a way, I know it was for me as an actor. I think that will also keep the audience around, seeing something that, on some level, we have all been through.”
While the heart and message of the film is somewhat familiar, the story itself is original and often times a little too out there for the audience to really grasp. That being said, there is a message and audience for the film that goes beyond the post-apocalyptic genre in that at it’s core it is a film about loss, grief and moving on.
“I hope the movie finds the audience that needs it. I hope the audience is filled with people that need some help getting through grief and don’t know how to place it. More than anyone I think Bella did such a brilliant job with her performance. It was a very special performance for her and something that was very similar to her own life and it came across in such a beautiful and cathartic way. If someone needs to see that and have that be represented in their life, I hope they find this movie and I hope the movie finds them.”
Harmon’s character Kirk has also gone through great strife and loss in ‘I Still See You’, however, Harmon himself struggled a bit in relating to his character the way Thorne did. Harmon hasn’t been through such a personal loss, but he hopes that, when he inevitably does, he can look back on his time on this film and this character and it will help him get through it.
“Kirk and I haven’t gone through nearly the same amount of things or the same severity of things. He had so much going on that it was hard for me to get into the character, but I felt a responsibility to him. I know one day I probably will deal with similar issues and it’s not going to be easy, but maybe in time, playing this character will help me in my real life.”
Harmon is a unique and emotive actor that truly doesn’t look like anyone else in Hollywood. His striking jaw line and big eyes are likely a reason he gets cast in such dark and often creepy roles. He expanded more on this aspect of his career and shared with us some of his personal struggles in loving himself and his looks.
“It’s been a long life with this face, and over time I have grown to absolutely love it. Growing up, I’ll be honest, I wasn’t too fond of it for many a years, the mirror was not a happy place for me to look. But I’ve grown to love my face and who I am and the job I do. I think acting helped me love myself and the way I look.”
‘I Still See You’ hits select theaters and on demand on October 12.