Quotes/interviews that both Emily and Lucas did mentioning working together/character relationship
Q: Emily and Lucas, what would you say is the major blind spot for your character and how is that going to trip your character up as the story unfolds?
Emily Rose: That’s a great question. I would say I think the major blind spot for my character happens initially in the first episode with this sort of confrontation that she kind of comes to grips with there might be some kind of link to her past and her family and her roots. And I think that as those kind of [things] start unfolding in the story it will kind of start tripping Audrey up at times.
I think she’s so used to having this kind of defense and that she knows how to operate and she knows how to do her world and her day-to-day; but the personal and the emotional sort of things that she has to face, she’d rather not. So I think that’s going to be her sort of blind [spot].
Lucas Bryant: I just [want] to mention also that Emily didn’t mention, she has a really hard time walking. That will affect her forward momentum.
But for me, Nathan [Wuornos] has a condition where he can’t feel pain so this has sort of alienated him from people and relationships recently and so I think that it’s intimacy that will sort of get in his way. But at the same time that’s something that when Audrey blows into town she kind of blows his world open. Don’t laugh, it’s true.
Q: Can you and Lucas tell us a little bit about your experiences shooting the first episode of the series and some of the challenges stepping into your respective roles on the show?
Lucas Bryant: Well first of all, I guess the first shock was that we were here on the edge of the Earth. You know, we’re shooting in a little town outside of Halifax on the edge of the coast of Nova Scotia looking off into the great wide rest of the world. So upon arrival that was an immediate — well I thought we were shooting in Halifax initially and I learned we were…
Emily Rose: Shooting way outside of Halifax.
Lucas Bryant: Yeah, not quite in civilization but exactly where we wanted to be for this. I don’t know if you’ve traveled the south shore of Nova Scotia but it’s stunning and it’s a landscape that you don’t often see on television. So being able to capture that on film no less is a beautiful and exciting prospect and I think we were both kind of like strangers in a strange land for a little while when we started shooting which was a perfect place to be.
One of the immediate challenges is the weather. The pilot also deals with wether so it was all rather…
Emily Rose: Appropriate.
Lucas Bryant: Yep, and I mean, we got here in April and we started shooting in April and so in the scene in the pilot where Emily and I first meet each other, shooting that scene we were outside, it started off on a beautiful day and then it was black clouds and then it was pouring rain. Then we had hail and two rainbows by the end of the day.
And it was all in the same scene and it was, you know, I had very little faith that it would actually cut together but it does and it’s beautiful. And so we just quickly got used to that being the status quo. What you can expect during the day was everything to change every five minutes.
Emily Rose: I think for me one of the biggest challenges was Lucas and I have worked together before so immediately off the bat it’s one of those things where we get along and we kind of have a camaraderie. And there is that sort of — that kind of checking each other out sort of observing each other that happens in the first episode being like “okay, who are you and how do you run this town and who are you and who are you to come into this town and try to run it.?”
And so, that natural like sort of chemistry and familiarity I think works between the characters because in one way Audrey doesn’t want to feel anything sort of emotionally and then you have Nathan who can’t feel anything physically and how do those two sort of like interplay and how do they kind of walk that fine balance.
But in a way us working together before really helped because we have that natural sort of “we can fall into place and finish each other’s sentences.”
But I think for me, I’ve been sitting with the pilot, sitting with the script for a little bit and so it’s to make each thing new and to make it “oh my word, what is this new place and who is this person and what’s going on and all of that.” So for me that was kind of like the fine little teeter-totter that I had to sit on.
Q: In the pilot episode, your characters have a little Mulder and Scully style interplay between them. Was it a conscious decision to pull off a reverse “X-Files” dynamic?
Lucas Bryant: Yeah, yeah, and I really fought to get Gillian Anderson’s hairstyle and color but no luck yet.
Emily Rose: Yeah, you definitely think of it stepping into the genre. You definitely know it’s out there. I think you know that it’s there and you know that it’s kind of the gauntlet sort of laid before you but you also want to make it fresh and new and its own entity in and of itself. So I think we take those sort of archetypes and characteristics into mind but want to make sure that we’re staying true to the people that we’ve been written as and how that plays out.
Lucas Bryant: Yeah and they’re great. I mean, they’re like a beautiful classic couple and I think we’re probably the next beautiful classic couple.