The VH1 original series Hindsight follows Becca (Laura Ramsey) who, after being plagued by doubt over mistakes she wishes she could go back and fix, takes a freakish elevator ride that gives her the opportunity to do just that, when she wakes up in 1995. Whether it’s reconnecting with her former best friend Lolly (Sarah Goldberg), or sorting out her love life, which included a failed marriage to bad-boy artist Sean (Craig Horner), she has to re-evaluate everything she thinks she knows now and figure out just what the right choices are.
While at the VH1 portion of the TCA Winter Press Tour, co-stars Laura Ramsey, Sarah Goldberg and Craig Horner spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about what drew them to Hindsight, what it’s like to live in the ‘90s while they’re shooting this show, how much fun it was to play with the hairstyles and make-up, what they miss about the ‘90s, second-guessing yourself and the decisions you make in life, and the roller coaster of surprises that the story took them on, by the end of the season. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
LAURA RAMSEY: For me, number one was that the writing was really incredible. The writing flowed. There are things that you read that just don’t really flow, and for me, this really flowed. I also felt a connection to the character, right away. Becca was somebody that I definitely have traits in common with. To be able to play somebody who gets to go on so many different arc is a roller coaster for an actor. I wanted to do that. I wanted to challenge myself and see what could possibly come of it.
SARAH GOLDBERG: I had the same thing. You get so many scripts, and I always test them and read it out loud, right away. Mostly, it feels like marbles in your mouth and you’re like, “This isn’t how people talk.” Immediately, this just came out naturally. And Lolly is the opposite of me, so I was attracted to that. She’s a fun person who is nothing like me, and it’s a real challenge and a load of fun to do. And I have real nostalgia for the ‘90s because I’m a techno-phobe. I’d be happy to go back to pagers. I’d be thrilled.
CRAIG HORNER: It was the same for me. I love the ‘90s. It’s probably one of the funniest things I’ve done. I want to start doing more comedy, so this is a good little stepping stone into that. The last show I did was so different to this. I’m really happy, as an actor, that it’s so different, so that I can show another side of me, as well.
What’s it like to live in the ‘90s while you’re shooting this? Does it make you long for things you miss now?
GOLDBERG: We did find ourselves, a lot of Saturday nights, with guitars out. That’s not quite hacky-sacks, but close.
RAMSEY: It was awesome because we were all on location together, so we really got the opportunity to build this little family. We were like a little circus on set. We would sit in our trailers and listen to only ‘90s music, and we would look up ‘90s pictures. We had different moments where we would have cool parties in the show, and we had to figure out what our hair and make-up was going to be, so we got inspired by a cassette tape of 90210 and Donna. I wanted that hair. It was really fun to play with the hairstyles and the different make-up. It was a thing. Even the eyebrows were different. That was fun.
GOLDBERG: And we had Daphne Zuniga on the show, who was on Melrose Place. She’s possibly the best woman who’s ever lived. She showed us some photos from when they were doing Melrose. She showed us a cast photo of their 100th episode, and it was amazing. We were looking at it, sitting in the hair and make-up chairs, going, “Oh, yeah, we match!” It was fun to revisit a time that feels like it was two seconds ago, but it’s a period piece. It’s 20 years already, and everything about it is so different. For dramatic purposes, there’s such a freedom in not having cell phones and not having any kind of internet stuff. The grand gesture is the medium. You’ve gotta show up at 3 am at someone’s doorstep, instead of texting them, “Hey, I’m thinking of you.” It’s just so much more romantic.
Did you ever find it hard to readjust to the present, after living in 1995 all day?
RAMSEY: It was fun for me because, for my character, I know what the iPhone is, so it was really frustrating because I would be like, “If I only had my iPhone, I would show you, right now. On a map, I could find her, in a second.” In the show, I’m trying to look for Lolly sometimes and can’t find her, so I leave her voicemails from a payphone and page her.
GOLDBERG: I was staying at Laura’s the other night and I had no cell phone reception, at all, and no internet. At 4 am, I was down at the end of the driveway like a lunatic, with my phone up to the sky to try to get a signal, so that I could message my boyfriend in London. I was like, “Where have we gone to, and why can’t I just go to sleep now? Why do I have to send this message?” There’s just a beauty in going back to that time.
RAMSEY: It was simpler.
GOLDBERG: No one knew that tidal wave was about to hit.
RAMSEY: That’s the great thing about this show. It’s relationships and human behavior. I think that’s the most exciting part of our show. It’s a beautiful, simple show. It gets dramatic and it’s funny, but there’s no crazy CG, or anything like that.
GOLDBERG: It’s friendships and relationships and siblings. It’s the good stuff.
RAMSEY: There’s family drama, friendship drama and boyfriend drama. It’s life.
Becca returns to 1995 with the knowledge of what happened the first time she lived through it, but Sean is just really confused about what’s going on.
HORNER: Absolutely, yes. It’s important for me to not even read any future Becca stuff, or just ignore it. I just stay in that one zone and world, but it’s pretty easy. I just sit in Sean’s loft for a little while, look around and absorb it all, and you get transported back. I like his set. He’s got a cool loft.
GOLDBERG: We had some good moments in that loft. There were some steamy, ab-tastic loft moments.
Will Becca start to question that these things she wanted to go back and change might not be what she even really wants?
RAMSEY: That’s exactly it. You make the big decision to not go through with your wedding, but then you second-guess yourself. She’s not even sure if that’s the right decision. It doesn’t necessarily mean that, if you change the path or you make the different decision, that that’s the right one or the wrong one. It’s just a different path. It’s interesting to see what happens with her, and what will come of a different decision. It’s also exciting to see her make a different decision, instead of going the same route just because it’s safe. That’s definitely not what she wants with this second chance. She definitely has foresight, but it gets really confusing when she does make different decisions, and then, all of a sudden, everything is changing and she has no control. That throws her off ‘cause she’s such a control freak. She just wants everything to get back to normal. It’s very confusing. She’s always on the brink of some sort of breakdown.
Will we learn more about what happened between Becca and Lolly?
GOLDBERG: She tells me that we’re not friends in the future, which is pretty devastating, but I think there’s a disbelief on Lolly’s end, in the ‘90s. She’s like, “That’s ridiculous!” From her perspective, they’re a double act. They don’t do anything without each other, so I don’t think she can grasp the gravity of that right away. And then, it irks her and she needs to know, in order to stop it from happening again. Lolly has got a little bit of a goldfish spirit, so three seconds is her attention span. I think she’s devastated to hear that they’re not in touch, but at the same time, there’s drinks to be had now and Doc Martens to be purchased now. But when she focuses in on it, I think she’s desperate to make sure that we do things now, in this version of reality, to stop that from happening. It’s fascinating to see the question of control, and what outcomes can happen with knowledge and what outcomes can happen without. Can you actually stop things from happening? There’s a lot of fun in that investigation.
Now that you’ve finished shooting the season, how surprising were things, from how you thought it would all play out when you started?
HORNER: To be honest, I didn’t have any expectations. I didn’t know where we were even going to go. That was the whole point of my character. His world gets turned upside down, so I just didn’t know. So, I never had any expectations.
GOLDBERG: I trusted that they were going to take us on a roller coaster, and they did. There were a lot of surprises, actually, but all of them good ones and fun ones to play. I can’t give much more away.
RAMSEY: That was always the fun of getting the next episode.
GOLDBERG: We’d text each other, and not page each other, and go, “Have you seen what happens on page 54?!”
HORNER: I’d be like, “I’ve gotta go to the gym. I have my shirt off for a make-out scene.”
Hindsight airs on Wednesday nights on VH1, and moves to a new 9 p.m. ET time slot starting February 4th.