Hulu’s new original series “Little Fires Everywhere” dropped its first three episodes on March 17, a day earlier than expected and fans couldn’t have been more thrilled. Based on the critically acclaimed novel of the same name by Celeste Ng, the limited series follows the lives of two mothers (played by Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington) and how their very different families collide in explosive and life-changing ways.
While the series has three Hollywood hits (including Joshua Jackson), most of the cast is made up of young emerging actors including Gavin Lewis. Lewis plays Moody Richardson, a 15-year-old boy who feels like a stranger in his own family, until the mysterious Warren family arrives in town and falls in love with his daughter Pearl. Speaking exclusively to MEA WorldWide (MEAWW), Lewis talked about the importance of Pearl’s character in Moody’s life and why his character was so attracted to her.
“I think Pearl was the first person Moody ever had a real connection with, she is totally different. He is a person who instead of spending his free time concentrating on being popular, spends it concentrating on writing and art, which he absolutely loves. Moody has entered this category of unpleasant people and simply not being social in general, so Pearl is a kind of perfect for him, he opens it because he never had anyone to open up to. I think Pearl is Moody’s first love, for sure. “
The limited series focuses heavily on racism, classism and how people from different backgrounds judge each other. As a young man, Lewis learned some valuable life lessons from Moody, who struggled to distance himself from the beliefs his family had given him and find his own voice. “Playing Moody, I learned the importance of being just me and not judging a book by the cover, in which Moody has a habit of falling. He’s better than some characters, but I think it’s still a problem that he got a little from his mother. So I think that’s the thing I could definitely bring with me in life … it’s never a bad idea to look beyond someone’s surface. “
Lewis’s performance in “Little Fires Everywhere” definitely stands out, as he interprets Moody in a recognizable and visceral way. While he has other credits such as “Prince of Peoria”, “Roswell, New Mexico”, “NCIS: Los Angeles” and many others, he has never had the opportunity to work with such iconic Hollywood stars, which is a completely different . Lewis not only felt grateful to work with the likes of Witherspoon, Washington and Jackson, but he also learned things from them that simply cannot be taught.
“With Reese, I really admired the energy that led to the set. For me as an actor, it was nice to see someone who did so many homework and knows so much about his character, which is something I can take with me whatever I do next. And then with Kerry, she engaged so strongly in the emotional choices that led to her character, which was kind of a trusted thing. Seeing someone else doing it made me more willing to try. So with Josh, it was really nice to see him work. Between one scene and another he would have talked with Reese and made everyone laugh and then he would have slipped into his character so quickly, it was really impressive. “
While Witherspoon, Washington and Jackson certainly left a lasting impression on Lewis, they weren’t the first celebrities to inspire and push him forward in his career. At the young age of six, Lewis was diagnosed with diabetes and this was before he decided he wanted a career as an actor. After winning a competition for children with diabetes, he was launched on the plane to meet Nick Jonas, who obviously also suffers from the disease and is a big supporter of those who suffer from it.
“I won a competition when I was six, the parameter was that I had to be diabetic and have a non-profit organization. I was lucky enough to win that race and they made me fly out to meet him. I was six years old and I was just diagnosed with a diagnosis and it was good to see someone who has done so much and who has had such an impact on the world despite having diabetes. And at six I wasn’t acting at all, so I’d like to think it inspired me. “
After seeing Lewis’ “Little Fires Everywhere” performance, it is clear that this is only the beginning of a long and prosperous career for the young actor. The first three episodes of Hulu’s new explosive limited series are now available for streaming and the remaining five episodes will air weekly on Wednesday.