William Bridges and Brett Goldstein, the co-creators and executive producers of Soulmates, talk about the genesis of the show, why it’s willfully unromantic and what they’re most excited for viewers to see.
Q: This series is based on your 2013 short film, For Life, which asks the question: What if there was a test you could take to find the one person in the world that’s truly meant for you? How did that idea originally come about?
Brett Goldstein: We were working on a film together, SuperBob, and talking about our relationships and the idea of soulmates. We both had quite different views on what love meant and how it manifested.
Q: What would it mean if someone is ‘destined’ for you? What about all the other choices you made in your life? All the relationships that came before? Would they count for nothing?
BG: In many ways, our show is willfully unromantic, but at the same time we think it’s also very optimistic, showing that if we choose who we love, even in a world of soulmates, we can still live a fulfilling life.
Q: This show takes something so elusive, your soulmate, and makes it black and white through a scientific test. Why do you think that’s so powerful?
William Bridges: Everyone has their own idea on what love means to them. By making something so elusive a definitive, it allows us to explore what all those different ideas could be.
Q: While it’s rooted in sci-fi, each episode takes on a different genre, ranging from romance to horror. How do you think these different lenses help to tease out the underlying meaning of the series?
WB: Love is a strong motivator in any story, and we felt that just telling romantic stories about love would just be going over old ground. Why not wrap a love story up in something scary, something thrilling or thought-provoking? There are as many stories about love to be told as there are people willing to write about it.
Q: While the idea of a test to find your soulmate feels out there, the show is only based 15 years into the future. Was it a challenge getting something that seems so futuristic to feel like it could be happening right now?
BG: Our aim was always for the show to be about modern relationships. Setting it 15 years in the future allowed us to suggest enough time for The Test to exist and be out in the world, but aside from cosmetic changes, we want to keep the future very grounded. It should really feel like now. There are no flying cars or things like that. The only major changes are cosmetic.
Q: What are you most excited for viewers to gain from this series?
BG: I’m excited to have viewers ask themselves the very questions our characters do. Is there only one for you? And what does that look like? And are you already with them?
WB: I’m simply excited for people to see the show. We’ve worked really hard on it for many years to get it out there. I hope that people enjoy it and, no matter how far we push an episode, they can see something of their own relationships in the stories we tell.
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