EXCLUSIVE: Hopefully, you have caught Netflix’s Daybreak! This funky post-apocalyptic series features a bunch of 80s and 90s references, awesome Mad Max-type outfits, and a world where teenagers live without parents. We’ve gotten the opportunity to speak with not only the showrunner of Daybreak, but several of the cast as well. For this interview, we asked Cody Kearsley a few questions about his character.
Kearsley plays Turbo Bro on Daybreak, the leader of a tribe in the series that the main character Josh has run-ins with. Check out below for Kearsley’s answers to some of the questions we’ve asked him!
What was it about Daybreak that stood out to you and made you want to be involved?
I’ve always been interested in how human beings socially regress in times of catastrophe or when removed from civilization. To navigate this new wasteland that has been overrun with tribes of teenagers and various other dangers gives us an endless playing field for exploration. How do we survive? What tribes do we form? How do we behave when there are no longer any rules? I love stories that provide more questions than answers.
How did you get into character for Turbo Bro?
I started off with learning about football which I knew nothing about. I created a playbook for myself with various strategies and formations. The book then transformed itself into an apocalyptic survival guide where the formations became the best ways to defend and attack hordes of ghoulies (zombies). Also, my playbook mapped out the best stores for supplies around Glendale, how to create water filtration devices, and a few other tactical guides on how to organize my army. In doing this I started to think like a warlord and I began to take inspiration from Genghis Khan, Attila the Hun and Caligula. I played with many different ideas for about a month before we started filming but it all took root with the idea that a high school quarterback is now in charge of leading an army of children, against a world where death is a daily occurrence.
What were some of the challenges that you faced when filming Daybreak?
The prosthetics were always a fun time at 3am. It took about three hours every morning to put on and one hour every night to take off. I had an incredible makeup artist named Corey Welk who was with me for the process every time. The prosthetics were great but it did get boring after about the 30th time. I had to buy a Nintendo Switch to keep me sane throughout the process some mornings. It was also surprisingly cold in Albuquerque and our army doesn’t wear many clothes. So, most of the days on set the entire Bro Jock army would be doing pushups and hitting each other to stay warm. All good fun though.
In the case of a zombie apocalypse, what would Cody do that differs from what Turbo did?
I don’t think I would elect myself the leader of an entire tribe of kids. If I did, I probably wouldn’t rule with the constant fear of being impaled on spikes or eaten alive. I think I would stick to a small group of 3-5 people and work together to create a solid game plan. Take shelter in a Costco, barricade the entrances and do our best to survive. I think teamwork and some semblance of humanity would ensure our survival. I don’t know if becoming an animalistic tyrant will end well for Turbo.
Have you gotten to check out Daybreak? What do you think?
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