‘American Gods’ First Look: Emily Browning as Essie Macgowan Photo and Video

American Gods star Emily Browning
Emily Browning as Essie Macgowan in ‘American Gods’ season one (Photo Credit: Starz)

Starz has released the first official photo of Emily Browning as Essie Macgowan in season one of American Gods. The series is based on Neil Gaiman’s bestselling, critically acclaimed novel and is currently airing on Sunday nights at 9pm ET/PT on Starz. In addition to Browning, American Gods season one stars Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon, Ian McShane as Mr. Wednesday, Pablo Schreiber as Mad Sweeney, Yetide Badaki as Bilquis, Bruce Langley as Technical Boy, Crispin Glover as Mr. World, Orlando Jones as Mr. Nancy, Gillian Anderson as Media, Kristin Chenoweth as Easter, Jonathan Tucker as Low Key Lyesmith, Cloris Leachman as Zorya Vechernyaya, Peter Stormare as Czernobog, Chris Obi as Anubis, Demore Barnes as Mr. Ibis, and Corbin Bernsen as Vulcan.

“Essie was one of Michael and I’s favorite stories in the book. It’s essentially the tale of how Mad Sweeney made it to America. And we were talking about casting that role, and as we were in that conversation, Michael said, ‘Oh, we should just cast Emily in this role.’ And then we went to talk to Emily, and it was like, ‘So, the Essie episode’ — she was like, ‘Have you cast that actor yet? Because I think I should play her.’ And we were like, ‘Well, that just worked out well,’” said writer, showrunner, and executive producer Bryan Fuller in an interview with Variety.

Michael Green (Heroes) also writes, executive produces, and serves as a showrunner on season one. David Slade directed multiple episodes and executive produces, and American Gods author is also actively involved in the series as an executive producer.

American Gods Series Description: The plot posits a war brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of mythological roots from around the world steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs. Its protagonist, Shadow Moon, is an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday, a conman but in reality one of the older gods, on a cross-country mission to gather his forces in preparation to battle the new deities.