What was your relationship to horror, all three of you?
Armisen: For me I've always loved horror. I really wanted my life to look like a horror movie. My house that I live in now -- which, by the way, is tremendous, I don't know if I told you this --
Torres: It's huge.
Armisen: There are rooms I haven't seen yet.
Torres: A movie theater.
Armisen: With a projectionist. The way that this room looks is what I'm going for in my house. I want it to look spooky and I've loved Hammer films and the original Universal horror movies. Since I was a kid, I've been in love with all things Dracula.
Julio and Ana, did you have a relationship to horror going into this?
Torres: I don't, but I gravitate more towards things that are eerie and like magical, for lack of a better term. I feel like I approached horror through that route, through like the eeriness, through like the incantation angle.
Fabrega: I liked a lot of horror movies when I was a kid, but I wouldn't consider myself a big horror fan. I think the kind of stuff that I'm drawn to is more surreal than it is scary.
How did you think about blending your three comedic styles for this project?
Torres: It just matches.
Armisen: You know, I think we just gravitated towards each other.
Torres: It was nice, it never felt like we were like…
Fabrega: Oh, we gotta make room for Fred now.
Torres: Or you were like, Jesus, what is this person saying? Because it could happen…
Armisen: And it does happen. But the same goes the other way around. When they wrote something I didn't even need it explained to me. Because it's surreal, but as soon as they'd say something that there's these sea monsters or whatever a million things, every joke, I was like, I get it I get it. This is perfect.
Julio, do you feel like you wrote specifically for Andrés, and Ana, you wrote specifically for Tati?
Torres: I feel like we came up with our individual characters, but contributing to each other's characters is a lot of fun. Coming up with Tati jobs is one of my favorite activities. Being a full on staff writer for Tati is a dream.
How were you thinking about the aesthetics of the show? It sort of recreates the days before the advent of CGI, but then also there's this surreal beauty and the possibility of real magic. How were you thinking about blending those all together?
Torres: I think we had decided that aesthetically the quote-unquote fake horror that the group of Los Espookys makes was going to be very practical, which is why we see those ropes and those pullies and you see them apply the makeup. We wanted it to feel very tactile even though they make things happen that are like, how did you do that? We wanted it to feel like there's actual math that goes behind it and it's a little rough.
Armisen: When I picture scary sometimes it's England.
Armisen: And something about where we shot in Chile there's a different kind of true mystery and scariness that I was glad to see.
Torres: But, like what you were saying, we did think a lot about making a distinction between like the alien costumes are like you can see the rubber you can see the zippers you can see the makeup. But then like the character of Water Shadow that is the creature that lives inside Andrés that is meant to be real. So I think the art department did an incredible job at training the viewer's eye to be like "this is artifice in their world, and this is real."
Julio, I did have a specific question for you related to the Water Shadow, which is, how do you feel about The King's Speech? [The Water Shadow is desperate to see the Best Picture winner.]
Torres: Well, OK, so this is Ana: based on a really funny bit that Ana did.
Fabrega: I've had The King's Speech just in my head.
Torres: I have not seen it, and I don't think you've seen it.
Fabrega: I have not seen it.
Torres [to Armisen]: Have you seen it?
Armisen: I haven't seen it.
Torres: No disrespect to the movie. I'm a giant Helena Bonham Carter fan and I know that she's in it. Dream to get to meet her one day. I think that what we were getting at that with that joke subconsciously is just how funny [it is] that some media is just presented to the public as [having] universal appeal. And it's like you, wherever you are, can relate to this white king's struggle for public speaking. The fact that the most niche creature on Earth, a water demon that lives inside of a young man is like, oh, that movie would speak to me is more a testament to that movie's marketing. The joke is on what is relatable to whom rather than the merit of the film, I think.
I just wanted to know if you had any feelings…
Torres: No, no feelings.
Fabrega: Completely neutral.
Torres: I'm sure it deserved everything it got.
Armisen: And it got a lot.
Torres: I should IMDb who produced it, what bridges I am burning. [Ed note: One of the producers was... Harvey Weinstein.] It was a tribute. Actually, Lorne [Michaels] produced it.