Chucky Interview: Alyvia Alyn Lind & Bjorgvin Arnarson

WARNING: This article contains minor spoilers for Chucky, which airs Tuesdays on SyFy.

SyFy and USA have just resurrected Chucky as a television series, and thanks to that format, he's got even more time to wreak havoc on his unsuspecting victims. After outcast teen Jake Webber (Zackary Arthur) purchases the Good Guy Doll from a garage sale, his life and the lives of those around him become a nightmare thanks to the titular killer doll. Although not all of Chucky's potential victims start off as an ally for Jake, they eventually must stick together in order to survive. When push comes to shove, bully Lexy Cross (Alyvia Alyn Lind) and podcaster Devon Lopez (Bjorgvin Arnarson) soon find themselves on Jake's side.

During a Chucky press event attended by CBR, Lind and Arnarson spoke about their time on the show. According to the actors, showrunner Don Mancini -- the original writer of Child's Play -- created a very collaborative work environment. For instance, during a sequence involving a talent show, Mancini changed Devon's act from a singing performance to a piano performance, since Arnarson is not a singer.

"Don has been so collaborative with us. He's been so interested with us, in choosing music and telling him exactly what our kind like and what's popular and what you feel comfortable doing," Lind said. "That does not happen often. A lot of the time, it's just whoever's writing has the say, and that's done. Don's been so great with letting us figure out these characters and develop them on our own."

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In addition to the collaborative environment, the shift in medium also helped with the character development. While Chucky has dominated the big screen, now he gets a chance to bring hell to the small screen over the course of several episodes, thus leading to expanded development for him and the ensemble.

"I have been excited about the fact that we get to see a lot of development in these characters in Chucky's world instead of just meeting the characters the beginning of the movie, and then by the end, they're all dead," Lind shared. "We got to get to know their stories, get to know their backgrounds, really understand all their actions."

"You can also see even Chucky's character as well. In the movies, you see him, he's kind of this crazy serial killer guy, but you get to see a little bit of humanity sometimes in some scenes," Arnarson added. "I think it's kind of interesting to see Chucky is even developing his character throughout all the episodes as well."

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While different from their characters, each actor found some similarities with their them. For Lind, she related to Lexy's drive and loyalty, while Arnarson connected with Devon over how they were both creatives in their own ways. "We are creative and too curious for our own good," Arnarson said. "I kind of use some of that to... be this guy who wants to know more about what's happening, know more about Jake, know about what's happening because no one's telling him anything he needs to know."

This goes beyond each character's personal development, as both Devon and Lexy saw their relationships with Jake change. In Lexy's case, she goes from being a bully who torments Jake to someone teaming up with him to save their town. For Devon, he battles his own self-interest to help Jake. These dynamics lean into one of Chucky's major themes: bullying.

"[Chucky] is so good in the way that it shows exactly what a true bully is," Lind explained. "What Don's been saying, which I love, is that Chucky is the perfect form of a bully. He comes to you, asks to be your friend till the end and then he manipulates you, and he gets to do exactly what he wants. I've had to deal with so many bullies and cyberbullying and just really not good people. I think Chucky is the perfect form of that."

Chucky airs Tuesdays at 10 pm ET/PT on SyFy.

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Caitlin Sinclair Chappell is a writer turned editor at CBR. What started as a love for comics, film and television turned into a career after graduating with honors from Lewis & Clark College. Along with her work for CBR, she edits the in-development comic series Half-Dragon, and she read her short story, "The Kabbalist and the Golem," at the 2021 National Queer Arts Festival. Beyond writing and editing, she was the Film School Director at River Way Ranch Camp and the Assistant Director on the play Famous. She can be contacted at [email protected], and her social is @comiccookbook.

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