Ian Foreman is stepping into the role of “Isaiah Cole” in Showtime’s new series, Let The Right One In, a ten-part drama inspired by the original best-selling Swedish novel and film. Ian will star opposite Tony Award Winner Anika Noni Rose (Disney’s The Princess & The Frog), Oscar nominee Demián Bichir (A Better Life), and Madison Taylor Baez (Selena: The Series).
Let The Right One In gives the phrase “blood is thicker than water” a whole new meaning. Sacrifice is love. What we do for the ones we love is a very primal instinct. How far would you go for your child?
Ian took the time to share what drew him to acting, and advice he has for other children wanting to break into the entertainment industry.
2UG: What drew you to a career in acting?
Ian: In 2020 right when Covid-19 started, everything was beginning to shut down, and because of that, I ended up transitioning from public school to homeschool. It was a pretty hard transition because I have always been a social butterfly, so going to school without other people was foreign to me. It felt like blasphemy. I was bored and had nothing to do after I finished my schoolwork every day. My mom started researching productive things for me to do, and she found an acting school called Young Actors Of Atlanta. The coaches said I was doing fantastic and recommended me to some agencies, and that’s how my career began.
2UG: How do you balance school with your shooting schedule?
Ian: I am actually in a super cool homeschooling program called Acellus Academy.
I love it because it is so flexible to where I am able to do my school work whenever I want! So if I am not able to finish my school work on set, I am able to finish it whenever I get home. Also when I am doing my assignments I can message the teachers from Acellus to help me.
2UG: What are the biggest challenges you have faced since going into acting?
Ian: One of the biggest challenges I have faced is dealing with rejection when it comes to auditioning. There have been a lot of roles that I really wanted, and though I gave it my all, I’ve had to learn to accept that what’s for me is for me, and what isn’t ISN’T. In this industry, you have to stay resilient, and being resilient is part of why I am still here.
2UG: What advice do you have for other children who may think they want to be an actor too?
Ian: In this industry, you have to realize that everything is not for you. When you don’t get that part you really want, you have to let that be fuel for your next audition and do even better. You can’t let one loss get you down. You have to be resilient. And no matter what you’re doing, you have to make sure you are always having fun because when you have fun and be yourself/ put your personality into it, the things you do will be more natural, organic, and authentic.
Debuting this fall, the series centers around Mark (Bichir), and his daughter Eleanor (Baez), whose lives were changed 10 years earlier when she was turned into a vampire. Locked in at age 12, perhaps forever, Eleanor lives an introverted life, able to go out only at night, while her father does his best to provide her with the human blood she needs to stay alive. Their immediate neighbors are a cop named Naomi Cole (Rose) and her son Isaiah (Foreman), who inadvertently risks life and limb – not to mention his neck – by befriending Eleanor.
With these emotionally charged and terrifying ingredients as a starting point, Let The Right One In will upend genre expectations, turning a naturalistic lens on human frailty, strength, and compassion.
Let The Right One In premieres on Showtime Network streaming Friday, Oct. 7 and Sunday, Oct. 9 at 10 p.m.,