‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ Star Shares Hopes for Fans Watching the Amazon Series [Exclusive]

Horror fans, listen up! I Know What You Did Last Summer (IKWYDLS) is available on Amazon Prime Video. Showbiz Cheat Sheet connected with IKWYDLS cast member Fiona Rene to pick her brain about the series. She’s hopeful viewers will take away two things when they watch I Know What You Did Last Summer.

Actor Ashley Moore runs away from the scene of the car accident, leaving her friends behind in the Amazon Prime Video series 'I Know What You Did Last Summer'
Ashley Moore | Michael Desmond/Amazon Studios

‘IKWYDLS’ drops on Amazon Prime Oct. 15

Since I Know What You Did Last Summer is based on the films and novel that came before it, viewers will compare it to the source material. Regardless, the story is a stand-alone tale of new characters in a new location but within the IKWYDLS universe. 

The first four episodes of the Amazon Prime series dropped on Oct. 15. In the following weeks, new episodes will be released as follows”

  • “Mukbang” – Oct. 22, 2021 
  • “Least You Had a Spare” — Oct. 29, 2021
  • “If Only Dogs Could Talk” — Nov. 5, 2021
  • “Your Next Life Could Be So Much Happier” — Nov. 12, 2021

‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ star Fiona Rene teases scares in the Amazon Prime series 

Rene plays Lyla, a local cop set on finding the killer in Amazon Prime’s I Know What You Did Last Summer. During our conversation, Rene mentioned how fear is rooted in almost everything in the world. “It’s either fear or love,” she says. “I’ll tell you what — human beings usually choose fear, as sad as that is.” 

Rene believes most fear is born from tragedy, and that’s certainly the case in I Know What You Did Last Summer. “The secrets that we are scared to face, the pain that we are scared to face, the memories that we are scared to face — [all of] that begins to bubble up to the surface, and it [becomes] shocking,” Rene explains of the series. 

Fiona Rene as Officer Lyla in the Amazon Prime series 'I Know What You Did Last Summer'
Fiona Rene | Michael Desmond, Amazon Studios

One of the most appealing aspects of the original IKWYDLS films is the jump scares for the actor. There’s beauty in the suspense that takes place just before a jump scare and then the adrenaline rush of fear in a jump scare moment. 

“I feel like that’s that was the beauty of those original I Know What You Did Last Summer films — there was this perfect amount of suspense,” Rene adds. “It was such a great balance of those two things [and] I hope our show has the same ratio of suspense to scare you.” 

Fiona Rene wants fans to have fun and look inward watching ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ series

“It’s been a rough year,” Rene admits during our call. The biggest thing viewers can take away from watching I Know What You Did Last Summer is to have fun. 

“People need to have fun — they need to be able to go home and laugh and cry and feel themselves, and I hope this show brings them that because it is definitely fun,” the actor says. 

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But outside of enjoying their viewing experience, Rene wants fans to look inward. “I hope people can walk away like I have really looking at: Where’s their guilt? Their shame? Where [do] their secrets lie? Where are their addictions spaced out in their life?” Rene is hopeful the show will inspire viewers to make those introspective observances. 

According to Rene, the characters in IKWYDLS fell into their shame, guilt, and secrets, and “bad things happened.” Still, Rene says I Know What You Did Last Summer isn’t a moral show. But it “makes you think and observe yourself.” 

Stream I Know What You Did Last Summer on Amazon Prime.