Last August, we chatted with Philippine-born actress Lourdes Faberes who currently lives in London. Fans of Neil Gaiman and "The Sandman," who have an eye for details, quickly noticed that the Netflix series marks Faberes' second time working on a Neil Gaiman project.

Lourdes Faberes with ‘The Sandman’ director Jamie Childs.
Lourdes Faberes with ‘The Sandman’ director Jamie Childs.

Before she was Kate Fletcher in the fifth episode of Sandman, titled "24/7," she was "Pollution," one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (the others being War, Famine and Death) in "Good Omens." Good Omens was the series adaptation of the novel by Gaiman and the late Terry Pratchett.

Faberes has been really happy and grateful regarding The Sandman's reception worldwide. The show hit the Top 10 in 93 countries and Number 1 in countries like the US, Brazil, India, Canada and many more. It also got an 87 percent "certified fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

"Neil is so happy, I tell you. We were so nervous. We shouldn't have been because we love it so much," Faberes revealed, "All of the people working on Sandman are fans. When you're working with fans to make something for fans, it's a win-win situation. No one there is like, 'Oh yeah, it's a job, nice paycheck.' Everyone — cast, crew, art director — loved what they were doing, and you feel that from them."

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Beyond working on a project with a cast and crew so devoted and dedicated to the material, working on The Sandman has sharpened Faberes' focus on her activism and advocacy.

"When I'm not acting, I volunteer in refugee camps. I do that because I will fight to the death for someone's right to dream and to pursue that dream without being endangered, right?"

To be on a series about the Lord of Dreams, she said, "just kind of solidified my beliefs about hope and resilience... and also time.

"We don't have a lot of time, you know. The only currency in terms of work for me is time. Time in my life that I can't get back. Money, you can always earn more, doing whatever. But for me to have had an experience filming this episode in a way where my heart was full... That's priceless."

The 24/7 episode is the creepiest of this season, delving into the very dark side of humanity. Much of it takes place in a diner where tension and terror build up among its staff and patrons. The first word Lourdes uses to describe the shooting of that episode was — oddly enough — fun.

The Filipina-born actress has become good friends with the cast of “24/7” — the creepiest episode of The Sandman — and they’ve kept in touch via a WhatsApp group. NETFLIX PHOTO
The Filipina-born actress has become good friends with the cast of “24/7” — the creepiest episode of The Sandman — and they’ve kept in touch via a WhatsApp group. NETFLIX PHOTO

"I tell you, the darker the thing, the more fun it is. And sometimes the lighter it is, there's more drama behind the camera."

She continued, "It was really fun because you get to play: 'Oh look, it's fake blood!' 'Oh, look, I'm hammering your head! A ha ha ha ha ha.' You know, someone's walking around with no eyes. It's playtime. It's being a kid, except that the drama is adult. But yeah, it's fun."

Faberes reveals that most of the cast 24/7, especially the women, have become terrific friends. They're on a WhatsApp group and shared how they couldn't watch their episode right away. They watched everything else, but because they were so worried and nervous, they couldn't press play on their moment.

"It matters so much to us that it's good and received well."

While Faberes and fans of Sandman and Gaiman worldwide are all hoping for a second season, there's no official word on it as of this writing. Which is a little bit heartbreaking because this series is so well-made, and got this award-winning, globally beloved, landmark graphic novel right. There just has to be a second season — and all the seasons until the story of Dream is told.

For those curious about a possible third Neil Gaiman project for the actress, she confirmed she would be in "Anansi Boys." She's also currently in an upcoming action/comedy movie directed by Guy Ritchie with Hugh Grant, Jason Statham, Josh Hartnett and Aubrey Plaza called "Operation Fortune." You can actually see her in the trailer.

In the meantime, Faberes continues to share how much she loved working on The Sandman and how much she believes in the series.

"I'm going to text Neil, 'You don't know what I've just done today!" she said after finishing this interview.


Lourdes Faberes was interviewed by Hank Sparrow. The Sandman is out on Netflix with a new bonus 11th episode.