There are a couple of reasons why Rachelle Lefevre thinks “The Sounds” is perfect pandemic viewing.
“It’s a mystery and entertaining, and has lot of twists and turns, and people who like that genre should definitely check us out,” the Canadian actor said recently.
But “it’s also a travelogue,” she added over the phone, laughing. “Everyone’s stuck at home, but if you want to come to New Zealand with us …”
Indeed, the prospect of shooting in New Zealand eight months ago was a big part of what drew Lefevre to “The Sounds,” a co-production between New Zealand’s South Pacific Pictures and Canada’s Shaftesbury, set in the former country’s picturesque Marlborough Sounds area.
The eight-episode series premiering in October is part psychological thriller, part crime drama, part murder mystery and part relationship story, and Lefevre is at the centre of everything as Canadian Maggie Cabbott. She travels to the small New Zealand town of Pelorus to start a business with her Canadian husband, Tom (New Zealand actor Matt Whelan), but he disappears while kayaking the day after her arrival.
The Montreal-born Lefevre, who has been in everything from the “Twilight” films to the Stephen King adaptation “Under the Dome” to Canadian drama “Mary Kills People,” was eager to work with Toronto’s Shaftesbury again after doing the 2008 miniseries “The Summit” with the company.
And when Shaftesbury sent her the scripts for “The Sounds,” created by New Zealand novelist Sarah-Kate Lynch, Lefevre was hooked by the character of Maggie, a good person who makes bad choices — and, more importantly, takes ownership of those choices.