The real-life drama behind filming locations for 'Stranger Things,' 'Ted Lasso,' 'Only Murders in the Building' and other Emmy favorites

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By Catherine E. Shoichet and Austin Steele, CNN

Updated 1233 GMT (2033 HKT) September 10, 2022

(CNN)What bash a pub successful London, a 113-year-old flat gathering successful New York City, a erstwhile intelligence infirmary successful Atlanta, a luxury edifice successful Hawaii, a sprawling bureau analyzable successful New Jersey and a mausoleum successful 1 of the South's largest cemeteries person successful common?

On immoderate of this year's apical Emmy-nominated shows, these places play roles arsenic important arsenic immoderate character. And off-screen, they each person their ain melodramatic stories.

Here's a glimpse astatine the real-life locations down immoderate of TV's astir fashionable places, and what we learned talking with immoderate of the radical who cognize them best.

A pub wherever everyone knows your name

Ted Lasso (Jason Sudeikis) shares a toast with Coach Beard (Brendan Hunt) astatine  the Crown & Anchor successful  an occurrence  of "Ted Lasso."

On "Ted Lasso," The Crown and Anchor is the pub wherever AFC Richmond fans ticker and heckle the team's matches, wherever Ted wins a memorable crippled of darts and wherever helium shares galore a folksy American one-liner portion sipping a pint successful a spot that's quintessentially British.

What it is existent life: The Prince's Head pub successful London's Richmond borough

The backstory you haven't heard: British histrion Emmy McMorrow already loved her vicinity and its section watering holes. But she says it wasn't until an American tourer asked her to drawback a photograph of him connected a seat determination that she realized a TV amusement was featuring Richmond's charms on-screen. Now McMorrow leads tours of exterior "Ted Lasso" shooting locations (interior scenes are changeable successful a studio), and she says the pub is ever a favourite destination.

American tourists person  taken to stopping by the Prince's Head pub successful  London's Richmond borough to person  the aforesaid  pint that Ted drinks and commune with the locals.

"It's the happening everyone wants to see...because it's the bosom of the show," she says. "The pub is similar our assemblage center. It's similar the bosom of the British community. It's your friends. It's your community."

The squad down "Ted Lasso" built an in-studio mentation of the pub for filming the show. "It does really, truly look similar the (actual) pub," McMorrow says. And visitors to the existent determination whitethorn present adjacent spot bartenders wearing shirts supporting the fictional "AFC Richmond" club.

How past shaped it: The pub's past successful the vicinity dates backmost good implicit a century. It sits connected Richmond Green, which, according to a borough past website, has been surrounded by houses and commercialized establishments "for 400 years astatine least."

A stately New York landmark known for a 'long past of disputes'

Mabel (Selena Gomez), Oliver (Martin Short) and Charles (Steve Martin) basal   wrong  the Arconia's courtyard successful  the archetypal  occurrence  of "Only Murders successful  the Building."

On "Only Murders successful the Building," the Arconia is afloat of quirky, only-in-New York personalities, with a gorgeous interior courtyard and an unfortunate way grounds of homicide.

What it is successful existent life: The Belnord, an flat gathering connected New York's Upper West Side

The backstory you haven't heard: The Belnord spans a afloat artifact successful Manhattan and, adjacent earlier becoming the mounting for the deed Hulu bid starring Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez, it was catching the attraction of passersby.

The Belnord spans a afloat  artifact  connected  Manhattan's Upper West Side.

"It's benignant of thrilling conscionable to locomotion by it," says Julia Vitullo-Martin, who's lived astatine the Belnord since 1975 and is the enforcement manager of the Belnord Landmark Conservancy.

"The archways pb to our fantastic courtyard. It's specified an bonzer amenity successful New York, due to the fact that each quadrate inch counts, and present we person 22,000 quadrate feet of courtyard space," Vitullo-Martin says.

These days, Vitullo-Martin says galore a instrumentality of the amusement tin beryllium seen snapping a selfie adjacent the archways.

At first, she says, galore residents of the gathering bristled astatine the thought of filming adjacent their homes. But yet they struck a woody with producers that lone exterior scenes would beryllium changeable there, Vitullo-Martin says, and that residents of the Belnord would person the accidental to beryllium formed arsenic extras connected the show.

"It's benignant   of thrilling conscionable  to locomotion  by it," longtime nonmigratory  Julia Vitullo-Martin says of The Belnord.

How past shaped it: Construction of the Belnord finished successful 1909. In summation to its beauty, the gathering is besides known for a "long past of disputes," Vitullo-Martin says. Luxury condos successful the gathering present sell for millions of dollars. But for years, a notorious slumlord who controlled the spot wouldn't adjacent fto residents spruce up their ain units. "Under the stealth of nighttime radical would sneak successful a caller appliance via 87th thoroughfare to their apartments. Because what were you going to do?" Vitullo-Martin recalls.

In the 1990s, she says, a caller proprietor recovered the gathering successful "terrible disrepair," with its storied courtyard caving in. His concern turned the Belnord's fortunes around. And present the Hulu amusement has fixed Realtors different selling point.

An abandoned intelligence hospital, reborn arsenic a authorities lab

Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) undergoes investigating  wrong  the Hawkins Lab connected  "Stranger Things."

In the Hawkins National Laboratory, a secretive government-run installation featured successful "Stranger Things," scientists behaviour caput power experiments, subjects are held against their volition and its basement tunnels link to a creepy alternate magnitude called the Upside Down.

What it is successful existent life: "Building A" connected Emory University's Briarcliff Campus

The backstory you haven't heard: In summation to its pivotal relation successful "Stranger Things," the brutalist gathering has appeared successful galore different movie and tv productions. "I had a accumulation decorator erstwhile notation to Building A arsenic an exoskeleton that's cleanable for making it into conscionable astir immoderate benignant of organization mounting they request -- from a bustling infirmary to a sedate slope lobby to a nondescript authorities office," the university's caput of movie accumulation and absorption recently told Emory magazine. "And the building's interiors are truthful varied you tin sprout a fig of scenes close adjacent to each different and they'll look similar they've been filmed astatine wholly antithetic locations."

Building A connected  Emory University's Briarcliff field  has go  a fashionable  filming determination  for "Stranger Things" and different   productions.

How past shaped it: The 42-acre spot wherever the gathering sits was primitively the tract of the immense property of Coca Cola heir Asa Candler Jr. The Georgia Mental Health Institute was built determination successful the 1960s and served arsenic a attraction halfway for decades. A brochure for the institute erstwhile boasted of the building's "ultra-modern design" and the state's "forward looking cognition successful the tract of intelligence health."

After the institute unopen down, it was utilized arsenic an bureau gathering by Emory faculty. In 2001, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution described 1 professor's attempts to make a cozier situation by adding rugs, leather furnishings and ficus trees to the space, noting determination were inactive "steel grids implicit the windows that kept the suicidal from leaping and the criminally insane from escaping."

A luxury edifice that recovered caller beingness during a pandemic lockdown

Shane Patton (Jake Lacy) tries to drawback  the attraction  of chap  guests Olivia (Sydney Sweeney) and Paula (Brittany O'Grady) astatine  1  of the luxury resort's pools successful  the "White Lotus."

The edifice successful "The White Lotus" features galore beachfront amenities, jaw-dropping views of Hawaii's earthy quality and brightly colored rooms that bespeak the personalities of the characters staying successful them. It's a gorgeous destination, but the show's protagonists rapidly find occupation successful paradise.

What it is successful existent life: Four Seasons Resort Maui astatine Wailea

The backstory you haven't heard: The coronavirus pandemic had virtually unopen down tourism astir the globe, and a authorities order forced the Four Seasons Resort Maui and different Hawaii hotels to adjacent their doors temporarily. The usually afloat booked edifice was inactive closed erstwhile an HBO squad asked astir shooting "The White Lotus" there.

The Four Seasons Resort Maui astatine  Wailea has seen an summation   successful  involvement  from travelers aft  appearing successful  "The White Lotus," spokeswoman Crissa Hiranaga says

"We took a leap of religion that this was the close happening to bash astatine a truly unusual time, and it each worked retired amazingly," says Crissa Hiranaga, a spokeswoman for the resort.

Suddenly having a ample artifact of rooms reserved for the amusement and its accumulation unit "was the champion mode to reopen the hotel, get radical backmost connected the payroll and bash it successful a ace harmless way," Hiranaga says.

There are immoderate large differences betwixt the satire's storyline and a real-life enactment successful the hotel, she says -- and the country décor is much kitschier than the Four Seasons' much modern style.

"It makes it look a small spot garish," Hiranaga says.

Even though "The White Lotus" depicts imagination vacations gone awry, Hiranaga says the real-life edifice has inactive seen a caller summation successful involvement from travelers. And the amusement comes up often with visitors, too.

Like the fictional White Lotus, the Four Seasons Resort Maui astatine  Wailea boasts galore   pools, fountains and melodramatic  water  views.

"You can't locomotion astir the spot without proceeding radical speech astir it," she says.

At 1 of the resort's bars, present there's adjacent an off-menu cocktail dubbed "The White Lotus."

How past shaped it: The Hawaiian property, which opened successful 1990, was the Four Seasons' first-ever resort, Hiranaga says.

A probe laboratory that inspired Nobel prize-winning discoveries

Mark Scout (Adam Scott) heads into enactment    astatine  Lumon's firm  office  connected  "Severance."

On "Severance," a agelong driveway and immense parking batch pb Mark Scout backmost to Lumon's firm office each day. He walks done a desolate, modern atrium earlier taking an elevator into a mysterious satellite of cubicles and white, windowless corridors.

What it is successful existent life: Bell Works, a redeveloped mixed usage bureau abstraction successful Holmdel, New Jersey

The backstory you haven't heard: The archetypal purpose for the gathering complex, which opened successful the aboriginal 1960s, was to "bring astir 6,000 of the top minds successful the satellite together," Ralph Zucker says. Back past it was Bell Labs, a famed probe hub known for groundbreaking discoveries. Now it's Bell Works, a redeveloped bureau analyzable that includes a nutrient hallway and galore different amenities.

Bell Works, shown present  during a 2018 occupation  fair, aims to springiness  workers much  reasons to travel  to the office.

"If you travel present connected immoderate fixed day, you mightiness spot a flash mob doing a creation routine, you'll spot a ballet class, you'll spot radical playing a random pick-up crippled of hoops close successful the mediate of the atrium," says Zucker, a spouse successful Bell Works and CEO of Inspired by Somerset Development.

On "Severance," Lumon gets its workers to travel backmost clip and again by making them hide what their bureau is similar done a dystopian aesculapian procedure.

The interior scenes of "Severance," which diagnostic   stark achromatic  corridors and creepy, claustrophobic spaces, were filmed successful  a studio.

Zucker says the Bell Works squad is taking a friendlier attack with its 2-million-square-foot building.

"We make a spot that radical can't hold to travel backmost to," helium says.

How past shaped it: Before its caller redevelopment, the Bell Labs analyzable was location to galore groundbreaking discoveries, Zucker says. Among them, former Energy Secretary Steven Chu's Nobel prize-winning probe connected laser cooling. Inside, this bequest endures connected a partition that reminds visitors of the galore patents from scientists who worked there.

The mausoleum built by a Coca-Cola heir

Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) stands flanked by equipped  guards astatine  the location  of cause   lord Omar Navarro connected  "Ozark."

On "Ozark," the gothic architecture and ornate doorways of Omar Navarro's mansion often loom successful the inheritance during the cause lord's calls with Wendy and Marty Byrde, and erstwhile the show's protagonists conscionable with him successful Mexico.

What it is successful existent life: Westview Abbey, a mausoleum astatine an Atlanta cemetery.

The backstory you haven't heard: The gathering was designed successful Spanish Plateresque style, which Westview Cemetery Director of Administration Jeff Clemmons notes was known "for elaborate and extended ornamentation astir doorways, windows and arcades." Its 3 floors boast much than 70 stained solid windows, its crypts are covered by much than 35 types of marble and expansive chandeliers illuminate the space, Clemmons writes successful a past of the cemetery. The abbey's memorial chapel hosts funerals and concerts, successful summation to serving arsenic a fashionable filming determination for "Ozark" and different shows.

Westview Abbey successful  Atlanta is 1  of the largest mausoleum's successful  the country.

    How past shaped it: Coca-Cola heir Asa "Buddie" Candler Jr. -- who Clemmons describes arsenic "an avid yachtsman, car and aviation enthusiast and large crippled hunter" -- ran the cemetery for 18 years and led the operation of Westview Abbey successful the 1940s. The mausoleum is 1 of the largest successful the country, with much than 11,000 crypts inside.

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