VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Fernanda Andrade On Working With John Slattery In FOX A.I. Drama ‘NeXt’
Fernanda Andrade, one of the stars of new FOX drama series NeXt about the hot topic of Artificial intelligence spoke with uInterview exclusively at this year’s New York Comic Con festival to explain her role. NeXt, which is set to premiere in Spring 2020, centers on a former tech CEO who joins forces with a Homeland Cyber-security Agent to stop a rogue A.I. entity.
“I play Shea Salazar, she is an FBI agent and she specializes in cybercrime,” Andrade said of her character on NeXt. “The show starts off with her losing someone that’s very close to her and that takes her on a journey to figure out what really happened.”
Andrade added that in order to fight cybercrime, her character teams up with Emmy nominee John Slattery‘s character, Silicon Valley executive Paul LeBlanc — whom she compared to Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. The actress noted how relevant NeXt is because of its subject matter: the increasing automation of the world economy.
“We’re all so involved with technology and it’s such an integral part of our lives,” said Andrade. “It explores the idea of what would happen if that got out of control and had a mind and goals of its own that had absolutely nothing to do with any sort of moral, ethics, benevolence or anything that includes the human race.”
Andrade raved about Slattery and called herself a “fan” of the former Mad Men star. She praised Slattery for being heavily invested in NeXt in many ways and called him a “great partner.”
“It was really exciting for me when I met him because I didn’t know what to expect,” said Andrade of Slattery. “I was really taken by how much he cares about every single thing — not just the writing [but] the material and what we’re going to do with it.”