Philip Glenister on ‘Living the Dream’ and the Fun of Doing Lighter Material

     May 15, 2019


The dramedy Living the Dream (available to stream at BritBox) follows Mal Pemberton (Philip Glenister), a British man who makes the decision to relocate his family (Lesley Sharp, Rosie Day and Brenock O’Connor) from rain-soaked England to brightly sunny Florida to take ownership of an RV park. As soon as they get there, the Pembertons learn that the American dream is not all it’s cracked up to be.

During this 1-on-1 interview with Collider, actor Philip Glenister (Life on Mars, Outcast) talked about the appeal of Living the Dream, the fun of doing lighter material, shooting Season 1 in Savannah, Georgia vs. shooting Season 2 in Spain with both standing in for Florida, why he was so interested in showing a couple with a family who still love each other, what he most enjoyed about working with this cast, and the collaborative environment on set.

living-the-dream-posterCollider:  We’ve previously spoken about Outcast, and this is certainly something that’s a bit cheerier.

PHILIP GLENISTER:  Yeah. It was nice to film something a little bit cheerier, as well, I can tell you.

Where you actually see a lot daylight and don’t have to worry about possessed people.

GLENISTER:  Exactly! There’s no demonic possession. Also, it meant we didn’t have to do so many night shoots because, apparently, demons only come out at night.

Was that part of the appeal of Living the Dream? Were you intentionally seeking out something lighter?

GLENISTER:  Yeah, funnily enough, I was still finishing off shooting the second season of Outcast, when I got a call from my agent saying, “Sky wants to send you this script. It’s about a British family that move to the States, to Florida.” I was thinking, “Hang on, I’ve just been in South Carolina for the last three-and-a-half or four months.” My agent said, “You’re gonna love this.” I said, “Where is it shooting?” She said, “They’re gonna shoot in Savannah.” As it turned out, I loved Savannah. I thought it was the most wonderful. Savannah is amazing. It’s like a giant film set. So, it all worked out, really nicely. We started shooting at Easter 2017, so my family were able to come with me for the Easter holiday, and we shot for a couple of months, in great locations. It was hot, with bugs and humidity. That was the hardest part. Shooting was on this pastureland, in a wood that was on a real RV trailer park. During the day, it got very, very humid, but I had gotten used to that, through doing Outcast. It was fun.