What to Watch

What To Watch With Daybreak Star Colin Ford

He played Supernatural’s young Sam Winchester, and in his new Netflix series, Ford is blazing a Ferris Bueller–like trail through the apocalypse.

by | October 25, 2019 | Comments

Mad Max is pretty tough, but would he have survived high school? A nuclear apocalypse seems easy next to the ravages of teen angst. Netflix’s new original series Daybreak combines the two when high school kids fight to prove their mettle after a nuclear explosion takes out Glendale, California.

Colin Ford (Supernatural) plays Josh Wheeler, a new kid at school who has a hard time fitting in. The apocalypse actually helps him, because without classes, teachers, and cliques, the teenagers can just form apocalyptic wasteland gangs. The show cuts between Josh’s time in high school and the apocalyptic present, with Matthew Broderick playing the Glendale High principal.

Ford spoke with Rotten Tomatoes by phone about his apocalypse fantasies, speaking directly to the camera just like Broderick’s Ferris Bueller, and what he likes to watch on television and streaming.


WHAT IS APPOINTMENT TV FOR YOU?

Ozark Season 2 PHOTO CREDIT Jessica Miglio/Netflix PICTURED Jason Bateman
(Photo by Jessica Miglio/Netflix)

I’m not really like a big cable guy. I have cable, but I’m really bad at DVRing, so I kind of watch stuff a little bit later. I think whenever shows drop, I’m quick to watching them. When the new Ozark season came out, I finished that almost immediately.


WHAT IS ON YOUR DVR?

Masked Singer (Fox)
(Photo by Fox)

I do [have a DVR] at my mom’s house, but I’m traveling a lot so it’s rare that I’m at it. I’m a big fan of Fox’s show The Masked Singer. That’s my guilty pleasure show. That one’s pretty funny. I like seeing which celebrities are underneath these ridiculous masks. I also watch The Rookie. That one’s a cool show. I like that. There’s another show with Stephanie Szostak on it, who played my mom in a film years ago. She’s on a show called A Million Little Things, so I love supporting her on that show.


WHAT IS IN YOUR STREAMING QUEUE?

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK SEASON Season 7 PHOTO CREDIT JoJo Whilden PICTURED Nick Dillenburg, Yael Stone, Kate Mulgrew, Natasha Lyonne, Jackie Cruz, Selenis Leyva, Josh Segarra

Probably No. 1 is The Society. I have a friend, Kathryn Newton, in that and I’m a big fan of that show. I just watched the final season of Orange Is the New Black, and I actually still have one episode left, so I’m excited to see how that ends. I know people are probably way past this but I just recently caught up on The Assassination of Gianni Versace and loved that. I started rewatching some of the Breaking Bad episodes for when El Camino came out, so that I had a good grasp on what had happened before. That was such a fun rewatching experience, because El Camino was crazy. I loved watching that.


WHAT IS COMING SOON THAT YOU CAN’T WAIT FOR?

Eddie Murphy stars in DOLEMITE IS MY NAME! PHOTO CREDIT Francois Duhamel COPYRIGHT NETFLIX

Daybreak, my show. I’m really excited about that. I have a friend, Kodi Smit-McPhee who’s in the show, in a film that comes out on Netflix on Friday called Dolemite Is My Name so I want to see that. I’ve only seen the first five episodes of Daybreak actually so I really am looking forward to seeing the last five episodes.


DESCRIPTION DAYBREAK SEASON 1 EPISODE 4 PHOTO CREDIT Ursula Coyote/Netflix PICTURED Colin Ford, Austin Crute, Cody Kearsley
(Photo by Ursula Coyote/Netflix)

Fred Topel for Rotten Tomatoes: Do you share my I Am Legend fantasy where I really think I’m going to be Will Smith as the last person left on Earth?

Colin Ford: I think that you’re the first person to understand and tap into my idea of the apocalypse so kudos to you. I think that I would thrive in the apocalypse. That was a great apocalypse. What about The Walking Dead–style apocalypse or is that too dangerous for you?

I don’t think zombies are any worse than I Am Legend, because they both have monsters. For me, it’s all about going out and gathering supplies in the empty supermarkets and malls.

Yeah, I think that Costco would be my first go-to spot.


DAYBREAK SEASON 1 EPISODE 10 PHOTO CREDIT Ursula Coyote/Netflix PICTURED Alyvia Alyn Lind, Krysta Rodriguez, Colin Ford, Austin Crute
(Photo by Ursula Coyote/Netflix)

Was breaking the fourth wall and talking to the audience a challenge? Did you talk to Ferris Bueller about it? Did he give you tips?

It’s funny that you mention that. One of my first conversations with Matthew Broderick on set went as follows: We were sitting in our cast chairs. So he asked me, “So you’ve been talking to camera?” I said, “Yeah, I have.” He said, “How are you finding that?” And I said, “Well, I’m finding it well, thank you. One of the more challenging parts about it is the fact that you can see your reflection.” Before I could even finish my sentence he goes, “…the fact that you can see your reflection in the lens.” I was like, “Yes! You immediately start to want to analyze what you’re doing.” He’s like, “Yeah, you’ve just got to block that out and get past it.” So it was really endearing to hear that he’d undergone the same experience, that I was normal for having an issue with that and I worked through it.

You’ve got to let it go and shake it off. There’s really nothing you can do to avoid it and sometimes you can angle your body in a way that you kind of miss the reflection so sometimes you try to do that, but with natural movement you slip back into frame and you just got to move past it.


Daybreak (Netflix)
(Photo by Netflix)

What can people look forward to in Daybreak?

Something that is kind of cool about Daybreak is everyone is decked out in the clothes that best describe how they feel on the inside. Everybody went out in the apocalypse and grabbed a cool weapon or a cool vehicle that made them feel like themselves. The apocalypse allows everyone to be the version of themselves that they always wanted to be. It’s all about finding your tribe, and I hope everyone at home is inspired after watching it to find their own tribe.

Has Supernatural asked you come back for one last flashback as young Sam?

Oh, man, wouldn’t that be amazing? I don’t want to get anybody’s hopes up or deter anybody, but no, I will not be coming back for the last season as of right now.

Daybreak is now streaming on Netflix.


Tag Cloud

name the review streaming Box Office Horror E! south america YouTube Premium LGBT FX on Hulu dc Nickelodeon tv talk Polls and Games war A&E MCU Opinion crossover Lifetime TCA Winter 2020 2015 2020 Emmys Peacock Walt Disney Pictures travel Sundance Now mission: impossible Thanksgiving Turner Classic Movies comics docudrama Pixar Ovation See It Skip It BET Awards 24 frames theme song facebook USA Network Character Guide politics National Geographic Year in Review TNT universal monsters Musical Black History Month a nightmare on elm street spy thriller CMT Lionsgate game of thrones Countdown cats twilight natural history Awards Comics on TV Endgame TV Land Spring TV zero dark thirty Calendar cancelled TV series Rocky Comic Book Ellie Kemper YA Hallmark Christmas movies ABC MTV binge award winner Tumblr Premiere Dates Toys CBS Hallmark CW Seed best space Martial Arts Syfy finale GIFs reviews canceled Superheroes elevated horror 007 Film Festival green book revenge biography RT21 Country Pop TV Superheroe 2019 San Diego Comic-Con Schedule festivals Western The Arrangement sequel Amazon Studios book AMC Cannes Star Wars Food Network 20th Century Fox dramedy WarnerMedia chucky Showtime discovery psycho movie diversity singing competition Photos asian-american Pop critics LGBTQ Epix Reality Competition TBS cults robots MSNBC Action Family die hard Video Games Amazon Prime Video 2016 IFC Films Election Hulu Infographic Quiz free movies President CBS All Access TruTV Cosplay YouTube Fall TV mutant strong female leads renewed TV shows Paramount witnail Masterpiece Chernobyl sag awards thriller child's play video on demand Kids & Family TIFF X-Men Amazon Prime SundanceTV DC Universe supernatural Universal cooking New York Comic Con Ghostbusters Animation 4/20 screenings PaleyFest comedies cancelled television APB TCA 2017 canceled TV shows Paramount Network blaxploitation Crunchyroll DC streaming service crime drama USA The Witch cartoon Sci-Fi 2018 concert The CW 21st Century Fox Baby Yoda breaking bad Heroines ghosts vampires First Look Podcast dragons HBO Max OneApp SDCC cancelled TV shows psychological thriller serial killer spider-man PBS dark Tomatazos DirecTV unscripted independent PlayStation sitcom mockumentary batman Comedy Apple Warner Bros. BBC America historical drama children's TV YouTube Red what to watch sports Super Bowl disaster Funimation Certified Fresh cars Pirates Pride Month Turner Stephen King Holiday Esquire composers VH1 Extras Song of Ice and Fire TCA Awards TCA Reality American Society of Cinematographers The Walking Dead SXSW Starz kids Rom-Com Disney Cartoon Network justice league Columbia Pictures Vudu Drama joker talk show FOX Dark Horse Comics comic adventure Mudbound Britbox HBO Go Shudder video Mary Tyler Moore El Rey casting zombies HBO Watching Series Trophy Talk The Purge Avengers ABC Family based on movie movies versus Anna Paquin spinoff satire criterion Trailer spanish language Trivia Sony Pictures scary movies doctor who NYCC Christmas parents Sundance 71st Emmy Awards FX animated Binge Guide Set visit romance Awards Tour Grammys Netflix Christmas movies Teen RT History directors latino social media Mary poppins Black Mirror Nominations TLC Television Critics Association Rocketman ESPN Chilling Adventures of Sabrina VICE Apple TV Plus DGA all-time medical drama Spectrum Originals Spike BET TV Music Elton John E3 WGN series Shondaland werewolf Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt foreign screen actors guild halloween franchise Acorn TV Creative Arts Emmys History Mary Poppins Returns Sundance TV nature anthology VOD Mystery Oscars Mindy Kaling Lucasfilm documentaries Star Trek Netflix Discovery Channel Bravo teaser Best and Worst NBC Crackle zombie Marathons crime thriller Emmy Nominations indiana jones quibi cancelled Fantasy reboot stand-up comedy TV renewals blockbuster Academy Awards 2017 golden globes Valentine's Day christmas movies Disney streaming service dogs documentary slashers Pet Sematary science fiction Tarantino DC Comics BBC One Arrowverse Fox News Writers Guild of America Disney Channel Television Academy IFC stoner toy story cinemax cops Hear Us Out Tubi Film hispanic indie A24 dceu GLAAD Marvel Studios technology harry potter Apple TV+ Sneak Peek Winter TV BBC Lifetime Christmas movies news political drama Musicals crime adaptation Red Carpet ratings aliens TCM jamie lee curtis television Disney Plus hist Holidays First Reviews Disney+ Disney Plus true crime Marvel Television transformers boxoffice OWN Classic Film Biopics comiccon period drama GoT Captain marvel films CNN Logo police drama Summer Adult Swim Freeform Rock game show Women's History Month Amazon rotten movies we love miniseries Marvel 45 ITV romantic comedy Brie Larson BAFTA spain richard e. Grant Nat Geo FXX Winners Travel Channel Interview Comedy Central anime