Meeting your soulmate is just one test away in ‘Soulmates’, the series that premieres tonight at 10:10 pm on AMC television. The fiction, written by Emmy winner Will Bridges (‘Stranger Things’, ‘Black Mirror’), tells a different story in each of its six episodes, in which it explores the different consequences of knowing, or not knowing the results of the test and the impact on relationships. In it, the actress Laia Costa (Barcelona, 35 years old), the only Spanish who has participated, stars in the third chapter of the series, which has been largely shot in Madrid.
– Do soulmates exist?
-I find it difficult to answer, because I have the feeling that in the concept of soul mate it is taken for granted that there is no need to work. So that romantic part of the concept is a bit difficult for me to accept. For me, in love, even in soulmates, you have to work on it. It is an art, and like all arts, it needs effort, sweat, tears … and blood too if necessary. My episode is about just that: do you need to work a soulmate? If it works, does it work? I like that it is not black or white, but that it opens many doubts and raises many questions.
– Would the test be done?
-Before doing the series I would have responded faster, but now I am very cautious. I have the feeling that if I am single and sad, I would take the test right away, and if I am in a relationship and happy, I would not. What ‘Soulmates’ raises, regardless of whether or not you would take the test, is what such a discovery will affect you. So it forces you to deal with emotional situations of intimate human relationships that you wouldn’t even enter otherwise. On a personal level, right now, I would say no, but I am convinced that such a discovery would affect me. I hope I don’t see a reality like that, but beware, because it is not such a utopian reality.
-According to the series, should we rethink relationships, or what is loyalty, fidelity …?
-I don’t think loyalty is a danger in itself. I think the danger is more in the head of the technology, in how you use it. Technology can save lives, and it can also destroy entire societies. Some of that we are already seeing. ‘Soulmates’ integrates realities that already exist in our society today, and that are not seen so much on the screen. For example, in my episode, the leads have an open relationship and are a happy marriage. It is not something that is seen every day, but there are more and more open relationships that a priori work. It also integrates interracial marriages, or homosexuality as part of finding your soul mate, even when you had not considered it. And he does it in a very subtle way. The focus is not on that, but on human relationships, which are common in absolutely all contexts. And I like that a lot, because I think that fiction has to catch up with those representations on screen, and I think that in ‘Soulmates’ it has been achieved quite well.
-They attach great importance to making diversity visible.
-Absolutely. I think it’s something that all of us, storytellers, as I like to call ourselves (laughs), should have in our heads. The integration and representation of different races, genders, lifestyles … Today is a totally palpable reality, and I have the feeling that fiction is a little bit behind that reality. On a global level, I celebrate when there are fictions where you can see that, but I also do it with books, songs … in all kinds of cultural fields. That is why I like that AMC takes a story like ‘Soulmates’ by the hand and integrates so many different characters, where it does not matter where you are from, what you are or who you are, and your soulmate can be from anywhere in the world, of any race and of any gender. That idea, and that they don’t put the focus on that, but just take it for granted, makes me happy.
-As a result of the series, has it also been raised how far science can go?
– I consider it, because it is a subject that I am passionate about. I have the feeling that science, and in particular artificial intelligence, has crept into our homes, and even into our brains. We have it under our veins and it can even control our heart rate. How many times do you talk about something in your personal life and an advertisement about it appears on your mobile? There is something about technology that is both exciting and terrifying. The series raises it at the level of intimate human relationships, but it has crept into medicine, society, politics, the economy … We are flooded with technological applications that control, I don’t know, to what extent our lives. That technology can know you better than yourself is a great danger, because it can ‘hack’ you as if you were a puppet. The series proposes something that is not so strange: that science can one day say, objectively, who is your best ‘match’ if you want a relationship of many years.
-Does shooting just a 40-minute chapter feel like little or is it appreciated?
-I thanked him because I really liked the idea of this umbrella concept and six independent stories. I really wanted to be part of a narrative with little stories and not know the others. In fact, I’m watching the other episodes as a spectator for the first time, and I’m finding it exciting how the same concept is stretched to one side or the other. Although it is true that when my episode ends I am left wondering where those characters are now, because it is a bit open. A second season has been announced, and I’m looking forward to seeing what stories are going to continue, because the concept goes a long way and there is a lot of conversation after each episode.