‘Supernatural’ writer Davy Perez talks American Nightmare interview

‘Supernatural’ writer Davy Perez talks American Nightmare interview

'Supernatural' writer Davy Perez talks American Nightmare interview 2016 spn images

Supernatural’s American Nightmare took us through a fantastic joyride of horror (self-flagellation is a thing?) to anger (how could a mother do that to a child?) to awww … (Mary – err, MOM – texting back Dean) to utter sadness (I’m really being to dislike the English Men of Letters) … This beautiful yet disturbing brainchild is that of new Supernatural writer Davy Perez. This article is part 1 of 2 … enjoy!

Please tell us about the writing process … as in …When did you start working on American Nightmare?

The kernel of the idea was pitched in late May, that’s when breaking the story began.

[springboard type=”video” id=”1666995″ player=”mtvt006″ width=”480″ height=”400″ ]

What sort of direction were you given for the episode? (Were you given a concept to start with, or certain things that had to happen, or what?)

Most of the ideas are self-generated here and then bounced around, then ultimately shaped by our fearless leaders Andrew Dabb and Bob Singer.  For this particular one, since it was my first, I was given a loose concept to write about:  A rustic off the grid family that is dealing with this Supernatural phenomenon in their household, the rest was left to me to fill in.  One thing that definitely had to happen was the guys needed to each be dealing with Mary’s decision to break off for a while, and it needed to come from a genuine emotional place.

supernatural davy perez with dog movie tv tech geeks

How long did it take you to write the script?

Writing the script begin in mid-June.  Its final invocation was, more or less, done by the first week of July… So about three weeks.

I know that often “new pages” and “rewrites” often occur (reference: see one of my favorite episodes of all time, The French Mistake); about how many rewrites were there for American Nightmare?

Aside from the usual process (Writers Draft, Studio Draft, Production Draft) there weren’t any major rewrites. We did go into the Green pages (4 revisions) but those were mostly for location and production reasons.  I think the fact that this episode truly is a return to the case of the week format, and really goes for that Old School style of “brothers on a hunt while dealing with personal family issues,” it lent itself to being able to stand alone without having to tinker too much.

As an editor extraordinaire, I have to ask – what is the funniest spelling/grammatical mistake you have ever seen in a script?

All grammatical mistakes are funny to me. My scripts are full of them.  As a writer, you’re told that you are supposed to have this command of the English language… but I constantly struggle with that.  I blame the fact that I dropped out of High School, but really… it’s more likely because my mind works faster than my fingers.  The funniest spelling I see is when people put an E in my name.  It looks so wrong to me: DAVEY.    I’m not a Dave with a Y… I’m a Davy!

What is the best part about being a writer?

The best part of being a writer is doing what I love.  My job is to daydream and write down all of my make-believe scenarios.  Even better, sometimes somebody even makes them come to life!  Nothing beats that in my book.

davy perez dressing for supernatural movie tv tech geeks

Photos: @davyperez

What is the best part of being a writer for Supernatural?

I get to be a part of a show that has made such a huge impact on the cultural landscape.   Watching Jared and Jensen (and Misha, and Mark, et al) say and do things that were hatched out of my noggin is very rewarding. Also, the free coffee every afternoon and fifteen-minute commute home.

Will you be writing any more episodes for this season? How is the workload shared?  

Yes, you can expect to see my name up there on the screen again this season. Each of us are on sort of a loose rotation so that we are all writing and breaking at the same time… until we crank out 23 episodes of blood, sweat, and Winchesters.

Editors Note: For some that may not know it, Davy Perez was also a writer for the absolutely brilliant ABC series American Crime.


Carol Hansson is a freelance writer out of Northern British Columbia. Her interests include writing, reading, her horses – and of course, Supernatural.

More in Interviews

5 questions for jordan burtchett on supernatural and a face full of snow 2017

5 Questions for Jordan Burtchett on ‘Supernatural’ and a face full of snow

Carol HanssonApril 19, 2017
5 questions for alex duncan on supernatural and mr ketch 2017 images

5 Questions for Alex Duncan on ‘Supernatural’ and Mr Ketch

Carol HanssonApril 18, 2017
shoshannah stern large

Shoshannah Stern talks ‘Supernatural’ and her ‘Chances’

Carol HanssonApril 17, 2017
matt visser talks supernatural and werewolf ladies drinking free 2017 images

Matt Visser talks ‘Supernatural’ and werewolf ladies drinking free

Carol HanssonApril 9, 2017
5 questions for connor paton about supernatural and girlfriends guide 2017 images

5 Questions for Connor Paton on ‘Supernatural’ and ‘Girlfriends Guide’

Carol HanssonApril 6, 2017
Richard Speight Jr. talks 'Supernatural' behind the scenes 2017 images

Richard Speight Jr. talks ‘Supernatural’ behind the scenes

Lynn ZubernisMarch 30, 2017
theo devaney looking supernatural hot trade movie tv tech geeks

Theo Devaney on his ‘Supernatural’ father Crowley and Gavin MacLeod

Carol HanssonMarch 29, 2017
bola omodara on his supernatural angel and legends of tomorrow 2017 images crop

Bola Omodara talks ‘Supernatural’ angel and ‘Legends of Tomorrow’

Carol HanssonMarch 18, 2017
danny boyle talks bringing back trainspotting and why t2 2017 images

Danny Boyle talks ‘Trainspotting’ and why ‘T2’

Shanka CherylMarch 16, 2017

Subscribe to our Daily Newsletter

You will only receive one per day. You'll also get a free THE WALKING DEAD graphic novel with your subscription