SUMNER: You play a psychic in Midnight, Texas, right?
ARNAUD: I play a medium actually. There’s a bit of a difference. He has psychic powers, but mediums talk to the dead. They have access to spirits in the other world. But he won’t read you or tell you your future.
SUMNER: I’ve known you for a few years François, and I know you go pretty in-depth. Did you go to any mediums?
ARNAUD: I did. I met a few psychics in Albuquerque, but my favorite one was Psychic Ana. I was too scared to have her give me a reading. I’m a completely skeptical atheist—I don’t believe in the supernatural—and yet, I don’t really want it to get too close to me. So it was a fun role because I had to see it from a completely different perspective. I tried to really give Ana the benefit of the doubt, and I don’t know if I believe that she sees what she sees or reads what she reads, but I wholeheartedly believe that she believes it, and that she’s not performing a scam voluntarily. My point of view is that she might just be a hyper-intuitive person who connects with people.
SUMNER: But you’re not a believer in the supernatural or the afterlife or ghosts?
ARNAUD: I don’t know. There’s this recurring nightmare that I have, which is like sleep paralysis. I wake up and I can’t move. I think I’m actually awake. My eyes are open and I can’t move and I just try my best. Sometimes I can’t breathe either. I have this regularly.