Producers Emily Whitesell and Eric Wald of the new Freeform series Siren sit down with us to answer some burning questions.

The most important question: why mermaids? Between the producers’ love of Jaws and the interesting style of mermaids in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, they fell in love with the idea of making a show with an exciting new take on a classic myth. The goal of the series was to create something that was mythological yet grounded, fantastical but real, all while creating a unique design for the merpeople. Producers Emily Whitesell and Eric Wald credit Freeform for making the series what it is, allowing them to embrace the darkness of the show and build something neither of them thought was possible on their own. The goal of the series is to keep the mythology of the merpeople real, simple, and grounded, but deep. So far there have only been mermaids, but will there be mermen? The producers will not answer, but hint at the possibility. The unique title Siren actually came from the network, and it brought new elements to the show, including the theme of obsession, that allowed it to grow to fit the title. The more danger the characters find themselves in, the more story the producers hope to get from it. Last, and possibly most important question: are mermaids real? Well, why not?

41Dive into Freeform’s highly anticipated mermaid drama Siren before it comes to shore on March 29. In this epic tale, the coastal town of Bristol Cove, known for its legend of having been home to mermaids, is turned upside down when a mysterious girl (Eline Powell) appears and begins wreaking havoc on the small fishing town. Using their resources, marine biologists Ben (Alex Roe) and Maddie (Fola Evans-Akingbola) must work together to find out who and what drove this primal hunter of the deep sea to land and whether there more like her out there. Join series stars Eline Powell, Alex Roe, Fola Evans-Akingbola, Ian Verdun, Rena Owen, and Sibongile Mlambo along with creator Eric Wald and showrunner Emily Whitesell for a discussion about bringing mermaid mythology and mystery to television and get a sneak peek of the 2-hour series premiere. | Freeform’s Siren


Jacqueline Van Bronkhorst | Writing Contributor
B.A | Screenwriting | Chapman University
Jacqueline was very young when she found her first love: stories. She’s been surrounded by them her whole life, and when she realized she wanted to tell stories for a living she found her place in the world. In fact, she loves storytelling so much that she decided to go to college where she could write and travel the world to find more unique stories. She is a proud writer, self-taught musician and artist, Disney fanatic, Ravenclaw, sci-fi and fantasy lover, self-proclaimed honorary Avenger, and complete geek. Having written everything from fan fiction to newspaper articles, book reviews to experimental prose that was published in her university’s Honors Journal. She has gone many places in pursuit of her degree, from interning at a documentary company in Venice Beach to assisting a Lonely Planet writer in Prague, and she hopes to continue using her writing skills to inform and inspire people. Instagram: @jvb_1996 | View My Blogs

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