Steven Krueger On Ben & Season 2 – Hollywood Life


If you’ve been fearful about Coach Ben’s security, you’re not alone. HL spoke EXCLUSIVELY with Steven Krueger about Misty’s response to Ben’s confession, Ben and Natalie’s bond, and the game-changing finale.

No one has had it simple on Yellowjackets, particularly Coach Ben Scott. When the aircraft went down within the wilderness, Ben discovered himself on dying’s door straight away. Misty Quigley did save his life by chopping off a part of his leg, however that’s introduced extra issues than simply his well being. Misty’s obsession with Ben has grown over the course of the season, and he lastly admitted to her within the penultimate episode that he’s homosexual.

HollywoodLife spoke EXCLUSIVELY with Steven Krueger about Ben’s huge divulge to Misty. He famous that we’ll get to see her response within the season finale, set to air January 16 on Showtime. He additionally mentioned Ben and Natalie’s connection, Ben’s waning authority amongst the women, who ought to play the older Ben if he survives, and “cliffhangers” in the finale. Read our Q&A beneath:

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Steven Krueger and Samantha Hanratty as Ben and Misty. (Showtime)

Coach Ben tells Misty that he’s homosexual after she tries approaching to him. I really feel like this was one other popping out second after his dialog with Natalie. Do you suppose that is the primary time he’s actually ever mentioned it out loud?
Steven Krueger: He had the second in episode 8 the place he form of privately got here out to Natalie, extra as a result of she form of pressured him. He’s utterly caught off guard by her bringing it up. I do know plenty of what went into this character after I was eager about it for this primary season is the time interval’s actually essential right here. We’re speaking in regards to the mid-90s, and we’re speaking a few highschool instructor, a highschool coach. So it is a time when being homosexual is… that is nonetheless the peak of the AIDS epidemic in New York City. So being homosexual just isn’t one thing that’s simply accepted, particularly for any individual able who’s working with highschool youngsters. So I believe this has been a really, very carefully guarded secret for Ben. The undeniable fact that Natalie in episode 8 form of brings it up so casually could be very jarring for him, so he’s already obtained that behind his thoughts. I believe he’s fearful about the truth that, though he trusts Natalie, I believe he’s fearful about if she picked up on it are different folks selecting up on it. He’s spent his complete life primarily guarding the key and never revealing something, not letting folks discover out. And now unexpectedly, any individual is aware of and excessive schoolers get, no matter how a lot you would possibly belief them, they’ll get very gossipy. I believe that this episode is a enjoyable follow-up as a result of they’re on mushrooms, they’re probably not eager about any of that. They haven’t any inhibitions. You simply form of say what involves your thoughts anytime you’re on a form of hallucinogenic drug like that. I believe it’s this enjoyable second the place it simply spills out of Ben, all these things that he’s been suppressing for years and years and years. Ben’s 30 years outdated at this level, so that is one thing that he’s in all probability been coping with for 10, 12, 15 years. I believe it’s a very enjoyable second, after which to see Misty’s response to it. And then, in fact, with out gifting away any spoilers, we’re going to see within the finale simply what her response is. It was actually, actually enjoyable capturing it. It was an enormous launch second.

With Misty, do you suppose there was part of him that was terrified of how she would possibly react if he instructed her proper at first?
Steven Krueger: Oh, for certain. I believe he was terrified of her particularly, however I actually suppose it was a lot broader than that. I believe for anyone to seek out out the key, it actually would have meant… I did plenty of analysis as a result of I used to be too younger to actually perceive what the world was like at that time. But the whole lot that I learn, Ben would not have a job if anyone discovered this out again dwelling. This has been a very carefully guarded secret. I believe he’s scared of actually anyone discovering out, however then you definately throw Misty and all of her craziness on prime of that, she is like public enemy primary so far as that goes.

Because you completely don’t know what she’ll do.
Steven Krueger: No, and he or she’s not going to be discreet about it. I imply, if a secret like that spills to her, all people will discover out very, in a short time, I’m certain.

And she was planning on simply poisoning Ben…
Steven Krueger: That was her purpose. We’re seeing this sample with Misty the place she does issues the place she has one final result in thoughts, and it by no means fairly works out like that.

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Steven Krueger and Sophie Thatcher as Ben and Natalie. (Showtime)

When it involves Natalie and Coach, I’ve liked this bond that they’ve shaped. They’re like kindred spirits, in a way. I really feel like lots of people don’t take Natalie significantly, however I believe they need to. And I believe Coach Ben does. We’ve seen the fractures within the group, however I really feel like these two actually see eye-to-eye on plenty of issues.
Steven Krueger: I believe they do. I believe you’re completely proper. When we first learn episode 8, I bear in mind when it got here out and Sophie Thatcher and I form of checked out one another and mentioned, “This is great.” We didn’t actually get to work a complete lot collectively within the first a part of the season, and he or she and I simply personally off-camera get alongside so properly. We have been each actually excited that they carved out this little storyline for us to have our characters bond just a little bit, and I believe you’re completely proper. She and I mentioned that. Natalie’s far more open about her outcast standing, however in a manner, they’re each outcasts. They each don’t fairly match into the lives that they’re ostensibly main. I believe that form of naturally types this bond between them, the place they’re in a position to say issues to one another that they actually don’t really feel like they may say to anyone else. I believe that bond grows because the season involves a detailed. And then, hopefully, subsequent season, I don’t know what’s going to occur subsequent season. I don’t suppose anyone does, however I’m guessing that that’s going to be a plot level sooner or later as properly, which I believe each of us are actually enthusiastic about.

There’s plenty of belief between them, particularly in a state of affairs the place the belief is waning on plenty of ranges for lots of people. When it involves Laura Lee, when she defied Coach Ben and determined to fly the aircraft, that was a significant second. That was the primary time somebody actually defied him. I believe from the start, he’s been seen as this authority determine who’s their coach and the voice of motive. Do you suppose that second, though he ended up being proper, adjustments issues? Will it make the women query him extra?
Steven Krueger: I believe that was one of many huge inflection factors of the season the place we begin to see the one grownup, I believe I even say that within the scene, that I’m the one grownup out right here. Up till this level, that’s carried some weight. I believe we see that as we form of devolve into an increasing number of chaos, and the state of affairs turns into an increasing number of dire, unexpectedly authority figures don’t imply a complete lot. Authority on this state of affairs just isn’t what authority is again in the actual world. I believe that is the primary style that we obtained of that the place, if it actually got here all the way down to it, all of those women outnumber me. I solely have one leg, and so they can form of do no matter they need. There’s not a complete lot holding them again from simply working proper via me. I don’t know if that’s foreshadowing for the longer term, however I do know that it’s been a very attention-grabbing a part of Ben’s general character arc this season. He’s going from attempting to take care of a standing as form of the chief of the group and the authority determine and the one who’s form of guiding them and serving to the crew to, unexpectedly, he actually doesn’t have a complete lot of energy on this state of affairs when it actually comes all the way down to it. That’s a scary factor for him. The different factor I considered is Ben’s going to have plenty of inquiries to reply if he does survive this and will get again to the actual world. I believe that’s always going via his thoughts of, hey, I’m going to have to elucidate some issues if we get again and there’s plenty of questions on what occurred on the market, who was in cost, and all these things. People are going to look to me because the chief of the crew and the grownup within the room. If I lose management of this example, it comes again to me. Ultimately, folks aren’t going in charge the teenage women. They’re going in charge the one grownup. There’s rather a lot occurring in his thoughts and, as you may see, it begins to put on on him.

I really feel like episode 9 could be very a lot a turning level for the group. We have seen that one transient flash-forward to the center of winter the place the lady is killed by the entice. We’ve solely seen Misty’s face to this point amongst that group. How does the mushrooms journey and what occurred in episode 9, particularly relating to the women and Travis, change issues for the group? Some of the women are beginning to imagine there’s a supernatural aspect, whereas others will not be. 
Steven Krueger: Right. To be trustworthy with you, referring to the supernatural stuff, I believe that was a part of the thought the entire time. I bear in mind speaking with Ashley [Lyle] and Bart [Nickerson], the creators, about it on the very starting of the season. I mentioned, “What role is this going to play?” I believe the thought was they at all times wished it to trip that very effective line of: is that this actual? Is there truly some form of supernatural aspect occurring on this wilderness? Is there one thing particular about the place they crashed? Are they meant to be right here? Like, just a little little bit of that Lost vibe. Or are we simply form of witnessing via these characters’ eyes their very own descent into insanity, given the circumstances and the state of affairs? I believe that they did a very good job of actually strolling that line and permitting the viewers to guess just a little bit about what this truly is, and we’ll see the place it goes from right here. But I do suppose that what occurs in episode 9, and also you’ll see as we get into the finale, after which the cliffhangers that they depart for season 2… People have been, for the reason that starting, questioning about how do they get to that time that we noticed within the very first episode, proper? How can we get to the purpose the place they’re wearing these loopy outfits? And they appear to be a part of a clan or a tribe, and so they’re truly looking and killing and consuming one another. How do they go from the place they’re at first of season 1 to that? Which is, in concept, a number of seasons down the street. We began to see that on the finish of episode 9, after which into the finale as properly you may see simply the very early trickles of they’ve held it collectively this lengthy, however after this loopy mushroom journey expertise, and among the issues that resulted from that, you begin to see among the fault strains forming within the group. That’s form of the place season 1 will find yourself leaving us, after which it’s anyone’s guess the place we go from right here.

To contact on what you mentioned in regards to the supernatural aspect, the present does an unimaginable job of strolling that line by way of how totally different folks course of trauma and attempting to create an evidence of one thing that’s unexplainable. They discover themselves in a state of affairs the place they actually can’t clarify what occurred, so that they attempt to discover a motive for all of it. The psychological components of this present are fascinating to me.
Steven Krueger: I agree. I imply, you begin to consider what this does to an individual’s thoughts if you’re on this state of affairs. The story is that we’re trapped on the market for 19 months. What does that do to any individual’s mind? Just the precise chemistry of their mind and the best way they suppose and the best way they course of data? I believe it’s anyone’s guess, and I believe that’s form of what we’re actually exploring with. This is darkish. This is basically, actually very tough for the human mind to course of the state of affairs, so who is aware of what it finally ends up doing to folks.

We know a sure variety of folks initially survived like Natalie, Misty, Shauna, Tai, and Travis. There have been references to others that survived. Do you already know if Coach Ben lives?
Steven Krueger: To be completely trustworthy, I don’t. I’ve been instructed various things at totally different occasions. So I believe at this level, it’s anyone’s guess. I’ve had conversations with Ashley and Bart about this and going into the collection, they’d an thought of the start line, the ending level, and among the plot factors in between. But I believe the attractive factor a few present like that is it’s always evolving. Ideas can change, storylines can change based mostly on what’s working, what’s not working. Ashley and Bart I do know for a truth are very invested within the viewers’s response to this present. Ashley’s on Twitter always. It cracks me up. They’re listening to what individuals are saying and what individuals are pondering. So I wouldn’t be shocked in the event that they’re studying a few of that stuff and pondering like, “Oh, well, what if we did this? What if we did this?” So the quick reply isn’t any, I actually don’t know what the endgame is for Coach Ben. But I do know that it could possibly be something at this level. If there was an thought at first, that will have modified. I actually don’t know, which is a part of the thrill of the present.

If Coach Ben have been to outlive, have you ever ever considered who might play older you? The casting of the youthful and older variations of the characters is unimaginable. 
Steven Krueger: It is. But right here’s the factor, I believe if there was an older me, I believe I’d need to play it. They needed to forged older variations for all the women as a result of they’re youthful. I’m older than them in actual life. I bear in mind telling Ashley and Bart in some unspecified time in the future, “If there is an older version of me, I want to do like a Mandy Moore for This Is Us. Give me the old makeup. Make me look like I’m in my 60s or whatever it is. Let me come out in a wheelchair or a Segway or something.”

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Steven Krueger stars as Coach Ben. (Showtime)

I do know which you can’t say a lot, however is there something you may tease in regards to the finale? 
Steven Krueger: What I can say is that there might be some solutions. I believe that’s form of what folks have been searching for for the reason that starting. I do know that the hazard with a present like that is that it form of runs away just a little bit, and it tends to overlook what occurred and what they’ve arrange from the start. People get very upset as a result of they are saying, “Well, we’ve been waiting for answers about this, this, and this from the beginning.” And then they don’t get them and unexpectedly you begin to not belief and suppose, okay, do the writers truly bear in mind even what they did at first? Are they tying all these things collectively? Are they simply form of doing this by the seat of their pants? And I can say for sure that the writers know precisely what they’re doing. Obviously, as a result of there’s going to be one other season, not the whole lot will get tied up with a pleasant bow. There are some nice cliffhangers, however we do begin to get some solutions. Like I mentioned, you do begin to get that little little bit of a glimpse of how issues go from a soccer crew that will get alongside for essentially the most half to those individuals are killing one another nevertheless many months later. So it’s a very, very enjoyable episode for a finale.

Laura Lee was the primary huge dying shortly. I used to be genuinely scared for Van as a result of the wolf assault might simply have been lethal. I really feel like there need to be extra deaths coming…
Steven Krueger: I gained’t remark that there are any deaths within the finale. But, look, that’s going to be part of our present going ahead for nevertheless lengthy it lasts. That’s going to be one of many huge components of shock — who’s dying and when are they dying? And how are they dying? That’s going to be what all people needs to determine.

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