When “Outsiders” premiered on WGN America, chances are many weren’t expecting a “Romeo & Juliet”-style love story to be built into it, but that’s just what is happening between Hasil (Kyle Gallner) and Sally-Ann (Christina Jackson).
However, in a world where the Farrell clan reigns on their mountain while the townspeople below look down on them, a relationship between one of the Outsiders and a grocery story cashier in the city has quickly become one of the most engrossing aspects of the series.
“I think it’s an interesting part of the story because it’s kind of the most relatable part,” Gallner tells Zap2it. “Our world is so alien to people down the mountain and her world is so alien to me. But love is the language we speak with each others. We’re attracted to each other and want to be near each other.”
That love also stokes the curious fire in Hasil, as he becomes more adventurous and wonders what the rest of the world has to offer.
“He’s hit an age where he wants to know what’s out there. There has to be more out there,” Gallner says. “He comes from a place where the mountain is it, but he goes out on runs and he’s seen the world. Then he sees Sally Ann and it sparks his interest to the point where he’s willing to take these risks.”
In taking those risks though, it’s also possible to lose sight of his family and their internal struggles within the clan.
“I don’t think he’s totally aware of everything that’s happening,” Gallner explains. “Things come to his attention as time goes on, but right now he’s blinded by this creature that’s just totally taken him in Sally Ann.”
For his own sake — and the clan’s — hopefully he isn’t too blinded to his own surroundings. With Big Foster (David Morse) becoming a power-hungry heir to the throne, Hasil can’t lose sight of the survival of his people.
“Outsiders” airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on WGN America.