Emmy voters returned to the strange world of “Twin Peaks” recently with an Emmy FYC event for Showtime’s revival, “The Return.” Gold Derby was on-hand at Paramount Studios for the Q&A with director David Lynch and stars Kyle MacLachlan and Laura Dern, which followed a screening of the finale. Listen to the entire 47-minute Q&A above.
A great sense of mystery surrounded “The Return,” which picks up 25 years after the original series left off. Details were kept tightly under wraps, especially the shocking conclusion. “I was thrilled at the ending,” revealed MacLachlan, who reprised his iconic role as Dale Cooper, an FBI Agent investigating the murder of homecoming queen Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) in a small Pacific Northwestern town (he also managed to play three or four other roles in the eerie series). Although MacLachlan was one of the few people allowed to read the entire 500-plus-page script, parts of the finale were kept deliberately vague even for him. “There were sections that were not made available to me,” he explained. “There was a lot of secrecy.”
Dern was one of the many new additions the the cast, bringing to life Cooper’s assistant Diane, who was often referenced but never seen during the show’s original run. Dern wasn’t told much going in, but she still leaped at the opportunity to reunite with Lynch because there aren’t many directors as “masterful” and “deep in their vision” as he is. “The privilege of my life as an artist” was to go “on this journey with him into “this elusive, magical, unexpected place where you don’t ask questions. You listen to the whisper of his dream, and you are in it.”
Several of the original cast members returned for the revival, alongside many other newcomers including Naomi Watts and Robert Forster. “We were so extremely lucky,” Lynch said. “Twenty-five years after the original, all those people came together like a family.” He heaped praise on the entire cast — over 230 actors — saying, “We had the greatest time going down the road together.” Lynch made sure that everyone from the original series, including those who have since passed away, were “represented in this one way or another. Now … just a few years later, it would be impossible.”
The creative partnership between Lynch, MacLachlan and Dern has spanned decades. The three worked together on “Blue Velvet,” while MacLachlan also appeared in the director’s “Dune” (1984) and “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me” (1992) and Dern acted in “Wild at Heart” (1990) and “Inland Empire” (2006).
Lynch has competed at the Oscars four times: Best Adapted Screenplay for “The Elephant Man” (1980) and Best Director for “The Elephant Man,” “Blue Velvet” (1986), and “Mulholland Drive” (2001). The original run of “Twin Peaks” brought him Emmy nominations for Best Drama Series, Best Drama Directing, Best Drama Writing (shared with co-creator Mark Frost), Best Main Title Theme, and Best Music and Lyrics (for the song “Into the Night”). For the revival, he could compete not only for producing, directing and co-writing all 18 episodes, but also for his supporting role as FBI Agent Gordon Cole.
MacLachlan received back-to-back Emmy nominations for Best Drama Actor in 1990 and 1991 for the show’s original run. He won the Golden Globe as Best TV Drama Actor for the show in 1991 and competed for the revival for Best TV Movie/Mini Actor earlier this year.
Dern won her first Emmy last year as Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actress for “Big Little Lies” after five previous losses: Best Movie/Mini Actress for “Afterburn” (1992), Best Drama Guest Actress for “Fallen Angels” (1994), Best Comedy Guest Actress for “Ellen” (1997), Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actress for “Recount” (2008) and Best Comedy Actress for “Enlightened” (2011). She has also contended at the Oscars twice: Best Actress for “Rambling Rose” (1991) and Best Supporting Actress for “Wild” (2014).
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