TBB Talks To … The Cast Of BBC’s The Pact

If you haven’t already you need to start watching The Pact now!

Suspense, drama, morality, loyalty and faith make up a roller-coaster full of family secrets that we are introduced to in series 2 of this hit drama.

It follows the story of social worker Christine (Bafta award-winner Rakie Ayola) and her family, whose loyalties are tested when they’re confronted by a stranger claiming to be a fifth, previously unknown, sibling.

We spoke to cast members Lloyd Everitt, Jordan Wilks and Mali Ann Rees about the series, why they joined the cast and what The Pact means to them personally …

Lloyd Everitt – Will

Lloyd Everitt as Will – Credit: BBC/Little Door Productions/Simon Ridgway

Please introduce yourself…

Hi, my name is Lloyd Everitt. I’m national television nominated actor from Wales of dual heritage. Jamaican and Welsh.

Please describe your life right now in a word or a sentence…

Transformation

Please tell us about your character in The Pact

Will is a very successful businessman, who on the surface has everything a man could want. A beautiful wife and child along with the big house and luxuries that come with hard work. However, it’s Will’s internal world that is consumed by his trauma of being abandoned by his father as a child. His lack of self-awareness is what makes him make choices through violence and intimidation although it’s himself he is really fighting. He has a loving bond with his mother, but he is also trapped by his need for her approval and validation. He is a complex person who does have love inside buried underneath the armour of what he thinks it is to be a man.

What was it about the script that made you say, “Yes, I want to be a part of this?”

As soon as I read this role, I just thought I have to play this. The complexity and layers is what excites me as an actor and also allowing myself to be vulnerable and channel those broken parts of myself through him. It was truly a dream come true.

So when you were on set, who are the people who are most important to you in getting your job done?

The most important people to help me get the job done in a way I feel satisfied, firstly starts with me. Getting my head into the character’s internal world, his needs, his desires, his fears, I do my homework. Then the collaboration between myself, the other actors and of course the director.

What does the story mean to you personally?

This story means a lot to me personally because it was filmed in my hometown of Barry, Wales. I grew up on the same streets we filmed on, and I based the character on someone I knew from the town, so it was like a gift, and it also felt like a blueprint for the younger generation of artists from my town. I never had a blueprint to succeed at what I do, thankfully some others do now, and they know it’s possible to live out your passion and your gifts, so a beautiful thing all round.

Tell us a memorable moment on or offset?

There were so many memorable moments but the one that stands out for me is when the director Nicole Volavka took me to the side to express how much she loved working with me and how deep and committed I am. That meant a lot but I also have to mention the synergy between all the actors, we really were a family for that time and we all wanted to bring the best out in each other and I think we achieved that.

What’s next for you?

Right now, I’m in talks to make my first feature film that I have written, I don’t want to say more than that. You’ll have to wait and see.


Jordan Wilks – Connor

Jordan Wilks as Connor – Credit: BBC/Little Door Productions/Simon Ridgway

Please introduce yourself…

I am Jordan Wilks, a 25-year-old actor representing North London

Please describe your life right now in a word or a sentence…

Surreal.

Please tell us about your character in The Pact

Connor is a tenacious and resilient young man; he is searching for his family and will literally stop at nothing to find answers to questions he’s had all his life. He is resourceful and misunderstood which he sometimes uses to his advantage…

What was it about the script that made you say “Yes, I want to be a part of this?

Firstly, they were actively looking for someone of dual heritage which hasn’t happened often in my career so far so immediately my interest was piqued, but the first scene I read was when Connor confronts Christine for the first time and it all just flowed. The language felt real, and the scene was visceral, I remember thinking if I don’t book this role then I can’t wait to watch it on screen because the writing felt intelligent and allowed me as the actor to pour myself into it rather than being really prescribed.

When you were on set, who are the people who are most important to you in getting your job done?

It takes a village to get something like this made so really and truly everyone involved was vital to getting this show made to the standard that it has been. If I had to pick specifically then it has to be my cast mates. Everyone was so full of love for each other and the project which meant when I stepped on set the atmosphere is one where you’re ready to get stuck in and get the work done. Being my first project, every day felt like a learning day and having people as talented as the rest of the cast on board meant I’ve learned a whole lot!

What does the story mean to you personally?

I relate to the feeling of knowing I’m supposed to belong somewhere but feeling like I have to justify that to others. Many times, in my life I’ve understood what it means to follow my own path and how lonely that can be so that’s where this story, and the character of Connor really resonates with me.

Tell us a memorable moment on or offset?

One particular scene in episode 3 (you’ll know it when you see it) required a stunt to be done, we had a double who was ready to jump in if I wasn’t feeling up to it, but I came to play, and doing my own stunts was a must! I practiced for a bit then it was go-time, I managed to get it done in 1 take (the one you see in the episode) and Sergio our DP came and shook my hand and gave me a look I’ll never forget – it felt like I’d been initiated! Or I’d say going and visiting the locations we filmed in with my family, Wales is such a beautiful place and being able to share that with my family was something special.

What’s next for you?

Getting to this point has been a journey in itself, and now the journey continues – we get back to the grind and see what happens next!


Mali Ann Rees – Megan

Mali Ann Rees as Megan – Credit: BBC/Little Door Productions/Simon Ridgway

Please introduce yourself…

My name is Mali Ann Rees, I’m an actor and writer from Cardiff, Wales.

Please describe your life right now in a word or a sentence…

Surreal.

Please tell us about your character in The Pact

Megan is the definition of a quarter life crisis. She’s desperately trying to find balance between her mourning family and her new life with husband Gethin. Throughout the series we see Megan’s world turn on its head, testing these relationships. Her journey as a character see’s her finding her voice but will she or won’t she find her independence?

What was it about the script that made you say, “Yes, I want to be a part of this?”

I was a big fan of the first series, so when the audition came through, I wanted to give it everything. I read the script and the character felt very close to myself in many ways but also challenging my range as an actor. My need to keep flipping to the next page to find out what happens next was the ultimate proof that we were on to something good!

When you’re on set, who are the people who are most important to you in getting your job done?

For me every single person on set helps me get my job done. I obviously work closely with my co-stars and director but so much goes on behind the scenes. I mean costume, make up, set design help find the character, caterers and runners ensure we are fed and ready to perform, DOPs, gaffers and sound ensure we are seen and heard. I couldn’t possibly name one!

What does the story mean to you personally?

For me personally this story is a story of a mixed-Black Welsh family, something I never saw on screen growing up. It was something I hadn’t give much thought to until it’s release and saw some disparaging comments, it only reinstated its importance. Also being raised by a single mother was something I could relate to; the dependence, the love and the gratitude is something I tried to channel into Megan.

Tell us a memorable moment on or offset?

For me the most memorable moment on set was when we heard episode 6 had been released. The buzz of everyone asking, “Have you read it!?” was electric. We all were desperate to know what happened at the end and it lived up to the hype!

What’s next for you?

I have a lot of different projects spinning at the moment. I just finished filming a short film also another film I recorded a while back is due to be released so just enjoying being busy and lapping up the joy of doing what I love.


The Pact airs Mondays @9pm from October 24th on BBC One

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