Free Rein is a television series about the connection between a teen girl and a horse. Freddy Carter stars as Pin in the series and his character seems to reflect the behavior of social anxiety and strays away from establishing friendships but connects more with the horse. Carter talks with ATM about his character and this applied theory that’s associated with it.
ATM: There can be an assumption of the love shared with the horse compared to finding consolation. Some of the characters find healing in animals and is associated with a horse.
FC: This is true. The thing we love is animals when first growing up with our immediate family. They have a feel of infinity. I grew up with dogs. I have a real infinity for animals. You get angry at the things that you love. This is the first experience of nonfamilial love. People go through loads, and when they lose someone, it is tough but having this connection with an animal amazing and something everyone can relate to.
ATM: How do you find consolation?
FC: With my friends, family, and dogs. I still love dogs. I grew up with them. My family has a little dog.
ATM: Some people tend to go to other sectors for support. They might not be lucky enough to have the support of family and friends like you and others. In the series, an animal’s connection becomes the support system.
FC: People find it in all sorts of places. Some people find it in animals or humans. It comes in all forms, but in Free Rein it something explored – how people can look at animals for support.
ATM: What is the vibrant nature of a support system? What can be a disadvantage and advantage of having a support system?
FC: It is foolish to believe anyone is strong enough to go through this life on their own. The great joy is finding a support system and becoming a part of a support system for other people. It is a two-way streak. This is an advantage for me. I try to do one of these great joys of life. The disadvantage of having it – like I said life could be difficult. Going through it on your own is hard. Sometimes have a support system gives you different perspectives on things.
ATM: Where are some of the character’s emotional security seen in this series?
FC: The show at its heart is about friendship and being open enough as a person. Also, accepting a person’s fables and weaknesses. You have your weaknesses. You except them and understand them, this is when you can truly be friends with someone. Also, have someone support you, and you support them. It is about friendship. This could be horses, parents, or horses at the stable.
ATM: What is your observation on respecting your parent as an authority figure and them being your friend?
FC: In the show, Pin has an interesting relationship with his parents. His mother left when he was young. He has this distrust of her. He leans on his dad because of this. They live quite far away from the rest of civilization. They have created a real friendship as well as internal care.
ATM: Are you aware of Psychoanalytical theorist Sigmund Freud?
FC: I know who he is. I am not too familiar with his work.
ATM: Freud has a theory called The Attachment Theory. It concentrates on the idea of how a person navigates in this world is solely based on the ways they communicated with their caregiver. The role of the mother is usually the primary caregiver in society. This relates to the behavior of the character who did not have the relationship or bond with his mother. Through your perspective, how do you feel this theory controls how he goes about life?
FC: Because his mom left at a young age, there is a part of him that is lacking the caring side that his mom provided. It is gone. So, he struggles with this. He is quite shut off from people, and he fears being hurt by other people. He shuts off from the world.
ATM: So, I would assume this character would be the type to have trust problems with people and look to avoid any emotional attachment when it is offered?
FC: Yes. He has trust issues. He has problems trusting people, but his dad.
ATM: There are over four attachments that meet a person. He would have the Avoidant Attachment. This refers to a person who is like your character because of trust issues. This type of character avoids any chances of seeking an emotional connection and struggling with establishing trust in people. This is because of the little to no bond your character has with this mother. It is not on purpose, but inherently you do. What aspects of learned behavior from his father do you see when he socializes?
FC: They find it difficult to socialize with everyone in social situations. They both are afraid of outsiders. They found Zoey and her family come to the island; they find it scary. This is a bit of the unknown. This is how it manifests itself.
ATM: So, they have taken on an introverted behavior in this manifestation?