Lauren Ambrose says A&E’s four-hour miniseries Coma will give audiences a scare whilst making them question what’s real and what isn’t.
The Six Feet Under actress plays med student Susan Wheeler who notices an unexpectedly high coma rate in her new hospital and begins to suspect her colleagues are behind it.
Speaking to EW, Ambrose admits she was drawn to the role by the opportunity to play a determined young woman in a leading role:
“[She’s] a badass and a very driven young woman. [Coma] was definitely a new role for me. Usually the women are supporting the man in figuring it out. In this case, it was the opposite. … To be able to do ‘woman on a mission’ was different and appealing.”
Ambrose was also taken by the look and feel of the show, which she notes is scarier and more surreal than 1977 Robin Cook medical thriller and 1978 film iterations:
“[Director Mikael Salomon] wanted to make it scarier and get more into the technology. The look of it is very different. There were these wild, elaborate sets built. [There’s also an element of] not knowing what’s real and what’s not real”.
These sneak peeks released by A&E provide some insight into that.
Coma premieres tonight and tomorrow at 9/8c on A&E.