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A Conversation with Anna Torv

Posted by Annie on
February 20th, 2009


Want to know why Aussie girls look so amazing? Fringe star Anna Torv knows the secret: low-maintenance beauty
by Diane Clehane

You’ve gotta love a straight-shooting Aussie chick. Take the latest wonder from Down Under, Anna Torv. Newfound stardom in the U.S.–she plays FBI agent Olivia Dunham on the Fox sci-fi series Fringe–hasn’t turned the actress into the kind of Master Cleansing, rabbit-food-nibbling, body-obsessed waif that’s become all too common on the small screen. In fact, she says, “To be really honest, I don’t love the gym.”

But that’s OK, because the 30-year-old actress is getting quite a workout on her new show, “running about” the set with costar Joshua Jackson as they chase down clues to government conspiracies. “There’s a lot of manhandling of bad guys, which is great fun,” she says. “I love being physical, but I don’t have any desire to prove myself. My character uses her feminine wiles, too. I’m interested in keeping that side of it real.”

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Fringe Family Grows

Posted by Annie on
December 2nd, 2008

We’ve only gotten bits and pieces of the back-story to the main characters on Fringe so far, but a new casting addition looks to be changing that. We’ll soon by meeting the sister to FBI agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv), reports’s Michael Ausiello, and she’ll be sticking around for awhile.

Ausiello says Ari Graynor will be playing the new character. Graynor is familiar to Sopranos Fans as Meadow’s college roommate Caitlin on and recently received a lot of great reviews for her scene stealing role as the very drunk Caroline in Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist.

According to Ausiello, Graynor’s character on Fringe surprises Olivia when she shows up in Boston, and ends up staying with her. Her character will also have a young daughter with her. Graynor will appear in at least three episodes of Fringe, beginning in January.


Anna on Jimmy Kimmel

Posted by Annie on
November 29th, 2008

Hey everyone!  I know this is pretty late, but I just added the video of Anna on Jimmy Kimmel from Monday to the media archive.  Thanks to Colleen for the video! Check it out here!:

Interview with Anna

Posted by Annie on
November 10th, 2008
Recent interview with lead actres on Fringe, Anna Torv
Discovering new layers of her character (Olivia)
“Oh it’s great because it’s television so you don’t really know when you start. You just do it episode by episode, and we don’t get the episodes, say – we don’t get them, you know, much ahead of time so every time you read it oh, my God, and that – really, oh, and then you sort of try and put it in, but it’s – it’s fun.”

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Ten New Faces to Watch In New Series

Posted by Annie on
November 7th, 2008

Each year since 1998, I’ve compiled a “10 to Watch” list of actors on TV. These are actors on new network shows who have the potential to go on to bigger careers even if their new series fails.

Past years have been easy. The first “10 to Watch” included Keri Russell, Kevin James and Sean Hayes. Even the cast of “That ’70s Show” was singled out and almost all of them have continued to work.

This year was a nightmare. The lower number of new shows, 19, would have made the task difficult enough. But the networks, particularly the CW Network, have not been real helpful in getting to see the new shows in advance.

So instead of trying to boil down dozens of potential actors with the skill to find real stardom, this year’s list is just the best of what is a very weak 2008-2009 television season field.

1. Kyle Bornheimer, “Worst Week,” CBS: Since he moved to Los Angeles from his hometown of South Bend, Ind., the actor has appeared in a host of shows from “The Office” to “Jericho.”

This comedy puts him in the spotlight. Because he is playing a guy who has nothing but bad luck, this is a chance to build some real empathy from the audience.

2. Justin Bruening, “Knight Rider,” NBC: Daytime drama fans know Bruening from his work on “All My Children.” But the former model is now getting the chance to build a larger fan base though this updated action series. The original “Knight Rider” made David Hasselhoff a star. And Bruening has far more talent than Hasselhoff.

3. Lucy Kate Hale, “Privileged,” CW Network: The actress began to get some attention last year playing Jamie Sommers’ little sister on the failed NBC show “The Bionic Woman.” She back playing another little sister but the role will give her a lot more to do.

She had a small role in “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2.” It was memorable enough to show she could star in “Traveling Pants 3” if such a film gets made.

4. AnnaLynne McCord, “90210,” The CW: The Atlanta native wants to become the new Angelina Jolie. She’s got a great start on fulfilling that dream. Fans of the FX Network series “Nip/Tuck” have already seen how McCord can heat up a scene. This series should establish McCord as one of television’s best bad girls.

5. Niecy Nash, “Do Not Disturb,” Fox: The firecracker comedian has built a small following through her work on “Reno 911.” Her sharp wit and comic timing is deserving of network exposure. She even manages to be funny when the comedy isn’t. (And this one wasn’t — Fox canceled it after three episodes.)

6. Jason O’Mara, “Life on Mars,” ABC: If the network does not mess up this American version of the British miniseries, the Irish actor should be able to write his own ticket for future roles.

He had a story arc in “Grey’s Anatomy” and was a recurring character on ‘Men In Trees.” Those were lightweight compared to this role as a police detective who finds himself in the wrong decade.

7. Anne Slowey, “Stylista,” CW Network: Everyone loves a villain.

The Fashion News Director of Elle magazine will fill that role in the new reality series. She’s going to be tough and demanding. Imagine a female Simon Cowell.

8. Anna Torv, “Fringe,” Fox: Female stars in J.J. Abrams series have gone on to fame and fortune: Keri Russell, Jennifer Garner, Evangeline Lilly. And this Australian actress has just as much talent.

Look for her to use the role as an FBI agent, assigned to a special detail that looks into the odd and creepy, as the start of much bigger things.

9. Tristan Wilds, “90210,” The CW: The New York native has already shown his acting abilities on the HBO series “The Wire.” But that series had a limited audience because it was on pay cable. His role on this high-profile show should launch Wilds into stardom.

10. Philip Winchester, “Crusoe,” NBC: This is the shakiest pick of them all. NBC has not let critics see the show. And there are no guarantees it will launch in October. But starring in a series where you are at times the only actor on screen will get anyone’s attention.


Talking to JJ Abrams and the Writers of “Fringe”

Posted by Annie on
September 10th, 2008

This particular article/interview also includes Anna, so I thought I’d link it up for you. I won’t post the whole thing here as it’s kind of long, but you can click the below link to read it and see pictures:

Hey all! I added stills of episode 2 of Fringe entitled “The Same Old Story” to the gallery as well as screencaptures of Anna’s Letterman appearance:

The Late Show With David Letterman – September 2, 2008
Fringe >> Season 1 Stills >> 1×02 – “The Same Old Story

Sci Fi Wire On the Set of Fringe With Anna Torv

Posted by Annie on
September 3rd, 2008

When Fox’s Fringe debuts next week, it will introduce a new Australian actress to American audiences: Anna Torv, who has appeared in some TV down under and elsewhere, but is otherwise unknown.

But if Fringe–created by J.J. Abrams and his Star Trek writing team of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci–is a big hit, as Fox and several critics expect, Torv won’t be unknown for long. She joins a list of Abrams discoveries–including Felicity’s Keri Russell, Alias’ Jennifer Garner and Lost’s Evangeline Lilly–who emerged from obscurity into the limelight.

“J.J. has this, I don’t know, like, uncanny knack for casting women,” Torv’s co-star, Joshua Jackson, said. “It’s crazy.”

Torv, a native of Melbourne, is perhaps best known for starring in the BBC series Mistresses and the cable miniseries The Pacific. She auditioned by tape for Fringe and was one of thousands of actresses considered for the difficult lead role of FBI special agent Olivia Dunham. Before she knew it, Torv was on a jet to Toronto, where the two-hour pilot was shot, and is now living in New York, where the series will be filmed.

Fringe centers on FBI agent Olivia Dunham, who finds herself drawn into an investigation of a mysterious aircraft disaster in Boston. Olivia’s desperate search for help to save her gravely injured partner leads to brilliant scientist Walter Bishop (fellow Aussie John Noble), who has been institutionalized for the last 17 years. And the only way to question him requires pulling his estranged son, Peter (Jackson), in to help. The investigation gets weirder and weirder as Olivia discovers that things–and science–are not what they seem.

Torv spoke with SCI FI Wire exclusively on the Manhattan set of Fringe last week. Fringe premieres Sept. 9 and will air Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Tell us about your character.

Torv: I play Olivia Dunham, who’s an FBI agent, who … all of a sudden is exposed to this whole other world and is kind of forced to deal with it, which she does. She sort of tends to take on all the responsibility she can get. She has a real sense of duty. When we first started shooting it, we were able to talk to a retired FBI agent, which was fantastic. Yeah, it’s really good. And even just talking to him, I mean, not about any secrets stuff, but … these people that do these kind of jobs have … just such a strong sense of duty. Like, a strong sense of duty and just total focus and tunnel vision, … high expectations of themselves, too. And I think Olivia really does fall into that category.

And she’s ex-military, used to being in charge. She’s used to being able to figure out what’s happening, and suddenly is thrown into these situations that are mystifying?

Torv: I think so. … I think she’s used to hard work and, like, following the trail, and the stuff that she’s dealing with is horrific, because it’s huge. … One of the beautiful things about J.J.’s show is that there’s always this overriding thing that follows you that you can’t quite get to the bottom of. Real characters in totally outrageous situations, and yeah, this is the same.

Roberto Orci told us that the subtext of the show for him was about the family that you choose: that these people sort of need each other and that’s why they come together. Do you agree with that?

Torv: I do, absolutely. And I think that as the show progresses they will need each other more and more and more. … The entire cast is fantastic. … The power of three’s a fun little number, because … the dynamic is always going to shift, and you’re always going to need one person more than the other. … I was brought up in a family of three, and there’s always two people against one.

Tell me about some of the crazier stuff you’ve had to do.

Torv: I don’t know what I can say. I mean, seriously– … this sounds so boring–but, legitimately, standing outside of a hospital in minus-45 degrees with the wind blowing in my face, with no hat on, no gloves on, nothing on my face. That was insane. And the scene got cut from the pilot anyway. …

In the pilot, they shoot you in a water isolation tank a la Altered States.

Torv: Yeah. I don’t know, how long did we do it? I think only a day, I think it was only one day in the tank. And that was OK. They were really sweet. They had to put Epsom salts in so I could float a little bit. … I was having to use my stomach muscles. But I was glad I was in first, because they did all of my stuff, and then the camera guys got in the tank with their big boots, and shot back up. So I got off easy. …

Can you talk about the sort of concept of the show. It’s pretty out there, and sort of tough for people to wrap their brains around.

Torv: I’m really excited for the show to premiere so then I stop getting asked the question, because … I never know which way to go. It’s kind of got a bit of everything, I don’t think it’s genre-specific. I think that it is very science fiction, but more emphasis on the science as opposed to the fiction. There’s drama, because your characters are all real, but they’re dealing with these … horrific [scenarios], so I think there’s elements of horror. There’s elements of action. There’s investigative [stuff]; there’s crime-solving. I mean, it’s just all consuming and far reaching. …

It sort of feels like a J.J. Abrams show because he’ll take many genres and sort of smash them together.

Torv: Totally. And seamlessly, you know? And that’s the kind of thing. I was actually just thinking about that the other day, going, “Oh, my God. We were up to episode four, and the cases are the things you’ve looked at and seen, or the characters have seen, is ridiculous. And yet it all seems to kind of gel and work.

Just briefly watching you this afternoon, rehearsing with the other actors, it’s like you guys have a lot of fun.

Torv: Yeah. Well, especially scenes like this, because … we’re all together doing stuff, and it’s not, like, high high high stakes. It’s legitimately doing and asking questions and moving and doing. I love any scene were we actually get to move or walk and talk. That’s my favorite.

This came up pretty suddenly for you. You were in Australia, and suddenly you’re moving to New York and you’ve got this TV series.

Torv: Good things sometimes come really quickly and easily, actually, and it was just the most painless audition process I think I’ve ever had. And I got the part really quickly, and I mean it was a no-brainer. I said, “Yes, thank you, I am so excited.” And I actually hopped on a plane the next day. Went to Los Angeles and met J.J. and some of the others and flew to Toronto, like, the next day, and we started shooting that week. And then we had a little bit of time between the pilot and starting the series, so I had a little bit of time to prepare to come to New York and sort all that stuff out. But, yeah, I don’t know. I think also, and then since I’ve been in New York, too, I’ve just been working nonstop, so, all this sort of external stuff that’s going on is really almost nonexistent. We’re working so many hours a day, and I literally go from home to set to home to set. But I’m having fun. … I’m really having fun doing the show. –Patrick Lee, News Editor