Interview with Peter Parros of the film “Who Are You People” by Suzanne 2/17/23
I’m very happy to speak with Peter, whom I’ve in so many shows, starting with “One Life to Live,” where hey played Ben Price from 1994-15, and then on “As The World Turns,” where he played Ben Harris from 1987 to 2009. More recently, he starred in “The Haves and the Have Nots” on OWN. He has done many other shows and movies over the years. This movie is an indy film about a teen girl, Alex (Ema Horvath), who has trouble connecting with her mom, Judith (Alyssa Milano) and step-dad, Carey (John Ales), and she wants to meet her bio dad, Karl (Devon Sawa). It’s an interesting movie because it takes a dark turn towards the end. There are many twists and turns. The writing is really good, and the characters are rich and complex. Ben Epstein wrote and directed it. Even though Peter has a relatively small part as the town sheriff, his character is also complex. As I told him in our interview, it should have been a TV series because of the writing and the interesting characters. I want to see what else happens with these people. I hope you enjoy the movie, coming to select theaters and VOD February 24!
“Who Are You People” stars Ema Horvath (“The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power,” What Lies Below”), Devon Sawa (“Gasoline Alley,” “Final Destination”), Yeardley Smith (“The Simpsons,” “Maximum Overdrive”), Peter Parros (“Real Genius,” Knight Rider”), Siddharth Dhananjay (“Bloodshot,” “Undone”), Reid Miller (“Joe Bell,” “You”), with John Ales (“Euphoria,” True Story”), and Alyssa Milano (“Brazen,” “Charmed”). “Who Are You People” premiered at the Mammoth Film Festival where Horvath won Best Actress.
Unfolding through the eyes of our 16-year-old protagonist Alex’s (Ema Horvath) eyes, her limited knowledge and perspective gradually opening-up as she learns more of the circumstances that surround her. Humanity gives no easy answers when faced with another truth: sometimes life’s biggest questions far outlast the answers. A cinematic sibling to critically acclaimed films like “Ordinary People,” Epstein’s voice as a filmmaker is authentic and questioning – something we believe audiences will respond to – launching them to have bigger personal conversations.
“Who Are You People” is written & directed by Ben Epstein; produced by Jordan Foley (“Alone,” “American Woman”), Toby Louie (Night Owls,” “Good Crazy”), Ben Epstein, and Nick Smith (“Alone,” “All Square”); executive produced by Alyssa Milano, Graham Moore (“The Imitation Game,” “The Holdout”), Yeardley Smith, Ben Cornwell (“Gracefully Grayson,” “All Square”), Fred Chandler (“The Art of Racing in the Race,” “Gossamer Folds”), Neely Eisenstein (“Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” “Plus One”), AJ Gordon (“The Dark Divide,” “All the Wilderness”), Irka Zazulak, Melissa Pianko, and Rod Cooper ; co-produced by Rob Nelson (“Bad Parents,” “Brand New, Old Love”), and Benjy Caplan (“New Orleans, Mon Amour”); with Cinematography by Bobby Lam (“A Leading Man,” “Under Wraps”); edited by Jeff Bernier (“Retro Report,” “Rabbit”); and original music by Aaron Zigman(“The Notebook, “Wakefield”).
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“Who Are You People” Synopsis:
After a botched attempt to seduce her teacher, 16-year-old Alex (Horvath) runs away from boarding school to seek out the biological father (Sawa) that her mother (Milano) and presumed father (Ales) always kept hidden and learn the dark secret of her roots.
About the Director:
Ben Epstein is the writer/director of the feature film WHO ARE YOU PEOPLE. He served as the Creator/Showrunner/Director for two seasons of the Complex series IN THE VAULT. He is also the creator and Co-Executive Producer of the MTV dramedy HAPPYLAND, and currently serves as a Co-Executive Producer on an upcoming series for Netflix.
Ben is currently developing a TV series with Lionsgate and Temple Hill and a feature with John Wells Productions. His screenplay THE PROSPECT, which chronicles Michael Jordan’s baseball career, was featured on the Black List. Ben realized a lifelong nerd dream by writing several issues of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book. His short fiction has appeared in the Rattling Wall Literary Journal.
Ben graduated from the NYU film program, where his thesis film THE REUNION won First Prize Wasserman/King Award at the NYU First Run Film Festival and numerous awards at other festivals. His feature script for WHO ARE YOU PEOPLE was also awarded the $75,000 NYU Columbus/Vague Alumni Production Grant by director Chris Columbus.
Ben is a member of the WGA and DGA. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and never tires of describing himself in the third person.
Peter Parros began his acting career at American Theatre Arts in Hollywood, CA. After performing in stage productions, commercials and television, his big break came when he won the series regular role of “RC3” Reginald Cornelius III on the hit TV show Knight Rider. He was later cast as Officer Gus Grant, the series lead, on the new Adam 12 series with Ethan Wayne. Peter has appeared in hundreds of television episodes spanning several series, including Seinfeld, The Family Man,Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Bones, CSI: Miami, Law and Order, Sherri, Royal Pains and Castle. Feature film credits include Death Before Dishonor and Real Genius.
For seven years, he played Dr. Ben Harris on the Best Daytime Drama Emmy Winner As The World Turns—a role that earned Peter two NAACP Image Award Nominations. Daytime fans also know him for his contract role as Dr. Ben Price on One Life To Live and Leo Baines on The Young and the Restless.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Peter currently resides in Los Angeles, California. He loves spending time on the ocean and has partnered with the Boys and Girls Club to introduce urban youth to the joys of sailing.
Proofread and Edited by Brenda