Take heart, Fringe fans. The show shall finally emerge from the murky fog of preemption limbo to wrap up its freshman year starting this Tuesday, April 7 on Fox. Anna Torv, who plays straight shooter Olivia Dunham, recently talked to the press and revealed every last dark secret that shall be revealed in the final six episodes of season one!
(Not really. It’s a J.J. Abrams show, after all. But Torv did drop a few vague-ish hints about what’s coming.)
Looking at the final scripts and filming the final episodes of the season, what is your reaction? Are you surprised? Are you excited?
Anna: Yes, I’m really excited. Because we’re gearing up for the end of the season, things sort of started to get a little bit more cemented. We shot an episode, one of the last ones directed by Akiva Goldsman [Oscar-winning screenwriter of “A Beautiful Mind” who wrote and directed the episode “Bad Dreams,” airing Tuesday, April 21 at 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT], and I think that kind of pushes it into a different direction but not into a different world. It sort of pushes us a little bit deeper into some of the things that we’ve been touching on, and we’re shooting the season finale at the moment, and I’m really excited. I’m excited at the prospect of where the show could go. If we’re lucky enough to shoot a second season, I think it’s going to be really great.
How is it [now] that your husband is not on the show anymore? Did he distract you while he was on the show, or boost your performance?
Anna: All the scenes that we had together were kind of like odd anyway. We were always in dreamscape, so we were always not quite sure what reality we were in, so I don’t really feel like we actually got a chance to really feel opposite each other. I was always saying, “You’re a ghost,” and he was always saying, “No, I’m not!”
What’s been your favorite scene to shoot so far and why?
Anna: What’s been my favorite thing to shoot so far? You’d think it would be some big, explosive kind of thing, but we shot a scene recently that was just in “Walter” and “Peter’s” hotel room, and in it, “Olivia” has just discovered some things about her past and some things that “Walter” is connected to. I loved shooting that because it was the first time that I felt like “Olivia” really inched her way into that dynamic of “Peter” and “Walter.” She’s been kind of on the outside, and they’ve got their things to deal with, and she’s wrangling them constantly. But this gave me just a little of glimpse into what could be like, realizing everything is a little bit entwined. Therefore, there [is] a little bit more conflict…….. really emotional conflict between them, and I think that’s fun, particularly because these are the three, your central three. I actually loved shooting that, but I can’t say anything more because I’ll get into trouble or something [laughs].
What were some of the initial challenges, acting-wise, you found stepping into this role? And how have you seen “Olivia” further grow and develop, as you’ve gone on in the series?
Anna: There’s an art to it that I haven’t mastered yet of following the trails and yet still maintaining a sense of character. I haven’t done anything with such momentum before. That’s been challenging. Also, you are constantly dealing with different events and different happenings each week, keeping that in your head and knowing where you’ve been and where you’re going – that’s been kind of tough.
Now we’re getting to the end, I think that it’s taken “Olivia” a little bit of time to find her place in the world too. I think she had lived a life that was very systematic. Everything was kind of neat and ordered and organized, and she knew who she was and where she was. And I think that’s actually where you met her in the very, very first couple of scenes in the very first episode. It took her a while to kind of get herself back together. By the end of this season, she’s definitely a different person, and I think that her objectives are different. I don’t know. That wasn’t really very concise, was it?
[Regarding some of the gross-out makeup effects] - is it something that you have to deal with on the set? Do you ever say to yourself, “Wow, that was shocking?”
Anna: Yes. Yes, some of it is awful. We have an episode coming up………where there’s a crash, and we end up with these bodies in the Lab. And we find things in these bodies, and when you see that episode, they were really………..those bodies were revolting.
I walk into the Lab to do a scene, and we’ve got these three bodies lying in these body bags that we eventually open, so there are actors in there. I walk in, and there’s these three young kids lying in these body bags. One is lying with just a head and hands out reading a book, totally out of place. The other has got an iPod in and blood splattered all over his apron. You’re like, “What is this show?”
There’s been hints of you possibly having clapper-like superpowers. Will you be investigating yourself? Are there any more things that were done to “Olivia” that we don’t know about?
Anna: We do start to find out what was done to her when she was little. The episode where she turns the light box off – that’s been shown, hasn’t it? We do get to delve a little bit into that, to work out why she has that ability or superpower, or if it’s something that’s been done to her. I’m terrible at these plot questions because I never know how much to give away or not, so it sounds like I’m being really shifty. I’m just trying to compute what’s illegal. No, not illegal, but what’s OK to say…………
Fringe picks up with new eps this coming Tuesday, April 7th at 9 pm on Fox. Need to refresh your memory as to which weird snack food Walter was last craving? Catch up on past installments right here on Fancast.