Getting to Know the Bayer-Boatwrights at the Here and Now Premiere

By Allie Waxman

The Here and Now red carpet felt more like a family reunion than a Hollywood premiere. At the DGA Theater in Los Angeles, the cast and creators of the supernatural drama joyously gathered to celebrate their show and catch up with their on-screen family.

From Alan Ball, creator of Six Feet Under and True Blood, Here and Now is about a progressive, multiracial family in Portland living in our present reality. Added Ball, the family is struggling to figure out “what to do with their lives now that everything they’ve worked for seems negated.”

“Don’t think about the past — it’s over. Don’t think about the future — you don’t know what it’s going to be. Just live now. Enjoy this moment because it could be your last.”
Alan Ball

The idea of “here and now” is based on a Buddhist principle, and is also indicative of the show’s desire to show a contemporary American family dealing with the real issues of this day and age. Said Tim Robbins, “Alan’s written a beautiful script about what it is to be living here in this country and the challenges people are facing with this new wave of invective, distrust and division.”

Inherent in Ball’s writing is his ability to create relatable, complex characters. In their own words, here’s what the cast wants you to know about the Bayer-Boatwrights.

Tim Robbins on Greg Boatwright

“Greg is a philosophy professor who is having a bit of an existential crisis about life, family, his career. Like a lot of men, he acts out in the wrong way.”

Holly Hunter on Audrey Bayer

“Audrey is a mother who extends herself in both love and anxiety. Sometimes the anxiety pushes boundaries with her kids. Her desire to see the world with empathy is her leading wish, her leading destiny.”

Jerrika Hinton on Ashley Collins

“Ashley is complicated. She’s a good person with a lot of problems. She’s a good mom, good wife, good daughter, good sibling, but she’s got to learn to be good to herself.”

Raymond Lee on Duc Bayer-Boatwright

“Duc has had a very specific upbringing. Take it easy on him — his actions can be justified to a certain degree. He’s very ambitious, gregarious and outgoing.”

Daniel Zovatto on Ramon Bayer-Boatwright

“Ramon is a very cool guy. He’s centered and he knows himself very well. He’s very intuitive and connected to higher vibrations. He’s very sensitive and he’s a very passionate guy.”

Sosie Bacon on Kristen Bayer-Boatwright

“Kristen is a young girl dealing with a lot of the insecurities that come with experiencing the world for the first time and entering adulthood.”

Also central to the story is the Shokrani family; their patriarch Farid, is Ramon’s psychiatrist. The Shokranis are as complex as the Bayer-Boatwrights. Here’s how they describe their characters:

Peter Macdissi on Farid Shokrani

“Farid is a human being who carries his feelings on his shoulders. He’s very interesting, multilayered, complicated and funny at times.”

Necar Zadegan on Layla Shokrani

“Layla is a really modern, strong, young, sexy woman in love with her family, in love with her life. She has chosen to live her life in a very spiritual sense, which is very personal for her.”

Marwan Salama on Navid Shokrani

“Navid is not what you’d expect a young Muslim kid to be. Every teenager goes through an identity search and tries to figure out who they are. He just happens to be a little more in touch with that, and he’s able to express himself without shame.”