Interview: Danielle Pinnock and Rebecca Wisocky on Playing Alberta and Hetty in ‘Ghosts’

CBS’ comedy series Ghosts is one of the most enjoyable new shows of the season, an American version of the popular UK sitcom of the same name that’s truly become its own show. When Sam (Rose McIver) and Jay (Utkarsh Ambudkar) inherit a massive country home, they soon discover that there are ghosts that live within it – and Sam can see them. Among the many colorful personalities are Alberta (Danielle Pinnock), a jazz singer from the Prohibition era, and Hetty (Rebecca Wisocky), Sam’s distant ancestor with very conservative views.

Awards Radar had the chance to speak with Pinnock and Wisocky about their work on the show and what a joy the experience has been. Commenting on how the characters are much more than stereotypes, here’s what Pinnock had to say:

“We are just so much deeper than we come off. I love that, in this season, we begin to peel the layers back, because of Sam and Jay being in the house. You know, we’ve been together for centuries, all the ghosts, but Sam and Jay really do breathe life into us, and I think the onion layers start to peel off and we start to learn a little more about these people, their fears, even in death, their fears, and their hopes and dreams that they still hope to attain.”

Wisocky shared her feelings on wearing the same thing every single episode every episode:

“I love it! It’s great never having to have a costume fitting ever again. It’s fantastic. And the costumes are so good. Heather Pain did the original design for all the costumes, and they’re period-accurate, and they add so much to each one of our performances. Mine in particular, it literally affects how I speak and how much breath I can take in at any given time, and how I have to move and my posture. I love it. I love costumes like that.”

Watch the full conversations below:

Season one of Ghosts is available to stream on Paramount+, and season two premieres this fall on CBS.


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Written by Abe Friedtanzer

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