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TVGuide Fringe Scoop: SPOILERS!

Posted by Annie on
October 7th, 2011

Hey guys, the article below contains spoilers, so don’t read it if you don’t want to know!


Fringe Scoop: Peter Returns… But No One Remembers Him!

Peter is coming back — and sooner than we thought!

Poor Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson). He seemingly disappeared into thin air after serving his purpose and uniting the two universes in the Season 3 finale of Fringe. Now, once he does return, no one will remember who he is, and will actually think he’s as crazy as Walter. (The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, eh?)

“You see a man come back to a life and people that he knew, but they don’t know him,” Anna Torv says of Peter’s return. “He’s a stranger to everyone, except he knows a lot of stuff.”

Though the Fringe Division doesn’t remember who Peter Bishop is, he still retains his memories of them. “It really is as though he never existed,” Lance Reddick says. “So when he shows up claiming all these things and knowing all these things, it’s really freaky. Broyles’ attitude is that it’s possible what he’s saying is true, but the last place I’m going to go is to believe him… at least at first.”

Reddick was coy to say whether that means they’ll lock Peter up for his crazy theories, but Peter will eventually earn their trust. “It has to reach a point where there’s so much validity to the information that he has and the way that he helps, that over time, he’s given more and more trust and more and more freedom to operate, work and help.”

Gaining the trust of Olivia, who has never put much faith in anyone, will be a different beast altogether, prolonging — what we believe to be — an eventual reconciliation between the pair. “In this timeline, Olivia doesn’t know who he is, and in Peter’s timeline, it took them a long time to get together, so…” Torv says with a laugh, understanding fans’ frustrations.

Even when Peter returns, he may have some competition in this universe’s Lincoln (Seth Gabel), who’s universal counterpart had feelings for Bolivia. “It seems to be happening again,” Gabel says. “Initially, when Lincoln met Olivia in our universe, obviously the conditions were very intense in that his partner was just killed, but they immediately had a very good connection and became partners pretty quickly and found that they really saw eye-to-eye. As we go along, we’ll see that relationship open up a little more.”

“Those feelings seem to cross universes,” Gabel continues, noting that Alt-Lincoln’s feelings for Bolivia are also still intact despite a major change in the timeline. “Obviously the timeline is a bit different now and she didn’t end up having a baby, so they didn’t have that moment when he said ‘I love you,’ but that love, I believe, is still there,” he says. “Alt-Lincoln definitely still has feelings for her, which she bounces off as, ‘Oh yeah, you’re a great kid.’ That definitely continues.”

Speaking of the baby, it’s not likely that Henry will return to the series unless the timeline reverts back. “It’s not possible if they’ve never met,” Torv says of Peter and Bolivia’s baby. “Unless we end up going back to the other timeline, which may happen.”

Despite Lincoln’s growing presence, Gabel insists that his character is not there to replace Peter. “It’s been a big thing for me to have Lincoln never be a factor that is threatening to replace Peter,” he says. “Obviously, with the lack of Peter, that concept is threatening to the audience and the world of Fringe. Peter’s a voice the show needs and certainly can’t be replaced, that’s there to be above it all, and at the same time, very much in it, and ultimately, the hero that will save it, as he did last season. In terms of Lincoln and Peter coming back, I think there’s definitely room for both of them.”

Anna Torv to be on Live with Regis and Kelly

Posted by Annie on
October 5th, 2011

Anna will be on Live with Regis & Kelly on the next Tuesday, October 11. Don’t miss it!

You can find more about the showtimes at their official website.

Watercooler: In Praise of Fringe’s NewLivia

Posted by Annie on
October 4th, 2011 has got a nice article on Anna/Olivia(s)

Let us not feel anger at those who didn’t watch last Friday’s Fringe. For while yes, they helped contribute to one of the show’s lowest Nielsens ever, they too deprived themselves of a showcase for Anna Torv’s latest iteration of her Agent Olivia Dunham. Call her NewLivia. And pity the fools who missed this standout episode.

Having already given us Original Recipe Olivia, the alt-world’s Bolivia (or Fauxlivia), Bolivia-As-Olivia and the Spock-possessed BelLivia, Torv is now up to her awesome in the fifth version of this complex Fringe Division dame: An Olivia who never knew Peter Bishop. An Olivia who offed her abusive stepfather. An Olivia with swagger. An Olivia we LOVE.

In the season’s second episode, fans got a buffet of bad-assery as NewLivia and Bolivia were forced to play nice together in order to catch a serial killer from Over There. Playing opposite herself in several scenes, Torv got to turn the lights up on the differences between these two women and develop sides to the Bishop-less version that — gasp! — made us possibly like her even more than the one we have spent the last three seasons with. She’s looser, funnier, more accessible and completely entertaining. So here’s hoping that she is also here to stay… especially once Peter returns and has to pick between the two Dunhams who loved him.

Do you adore Torv’s newest Olivia persona?


Despite all the creepy enigmas that surround Fox’s sci-fi drama “Fringe,” it’s no great mystery as to what the secret is behind the show’s appeal.

It’s the chemistry among FBI agent Oliva Dunham (Anna Torv), her love interest Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson) and his eccentric scientist father, Walter (John Noble).

So what on Earth – this or any alternate one – were the show’s brain-trust thinking when they wrote one of the show’s main characters, Peter, out as he sacrificed himself to save this world and an alternate universe from destroying each other at the end of last season’s finale?

“One of the themes we were really interested in examining was the notion of impact,” says coexecutive producer Joel Wyman. “What would happen if you just disappeared? If you didn’t exist? What about the people in your life? What about the great things that you’ve taught others and the great things they’ve taught you? And how you’ve changed their lives and they’ve changed yours?”

As fans ready for season four’s second episode Thursday at 9 p.m., not even Jackson knows the answer to those questions – or the biggest X-File: when he’ll be back.

“To a certain extent, Peter is the MacGuffin of the show,” Jackson told The News. “So we have this ensemble cast, and he’s the guy who lots of things are about, but who doesn’t get to do a lot of things. That’s who he is, that’s what the character is, so I can get frustrated all I like, but it’s not going to change.

“I’m curious to see how I hopefully get integrated into the show.”

Until then, Jackson will have to watch from the bench as his fellow actors get more time to act alongside themselves. Season four opened with the counterparts of both alternate universes – in particular Torv’s Olivia and “Fauxlivia” – having to grudgingly work together not long after their Earths were on the verge of merging into each other and wiping out at least one of them.

“I thank the studio and the network and the writers for not just giving a little taste of this alternate universe where you’re like, ‘I’m not going to invest [in these alternate characters] because there’s enough time,'” Torv told reporters at Comic Con. “Here we are at the end of season three and we’re still playing with them.”

Torv gets to play some more in Thursday’s episode – about a serial killer who snatches his victims’ memories, a case that brings both Olivias together in pursuit.

Co-executive producer Jeff Pinker says nowadays it isn’t too hard from a technical standpoint to shoot sequences that feature two Torvs. The show employs a camera attachment called a “repeatable head” that is used to create two versions of the same footage.

“Essentially what we do is we shoot the exact scene twice,” says Pinker. “The challenge is for Anna who is literally acting with herself twice.”

As much fun as they’re having with their repeatable head, the producers vow they’ll eventually return to the original dynamics that first made the show a critical darling and cult favorite.

“We pay Joshua Jackson far too much money to have him sitting at home,” says Pinker, laughing.


AS sci-fi series Fringe returns to Sky1 tonight for a fourth season, Australian actress Anna Torv has spoken about working on the show and how her character differs from The X Files’ Dana Scully.

Torv, 33, was born in Melbourne, Australia, and is now based in Vancouver. She rose to prominence in TV series The Secret Life Of Us, Mistresses and The Pacific and since 2008 has played FBI agent Olivia Dunham in Fringe.

Here she talks about meeting Fringe producer JJ Abrams on the set of his Star Trek movie and whether she would like to see the series make the transition to the big screen.

Anna Torv: Yes, but they love to put a spin on it, don’t they? I tested for a show a while ago and I think they’d seen a test that I’d done, so they wanted me to come in. I was away and my phone was out of signal range, so when I came back there was like a million messages. I went in and did a test with this very sweet casting agent who I’d tested with before. The next day I got the call saying, ‘Let’s go’. I was on a plane a day later to LA.

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How Does ‘Fringe’ Star Anna Torv Go Girly?

Posted by Annie on
September 24th, 2011

We’re already pretty jealous of Fringe star Anna Torv, namely because she works alongside the dreamy Joshua Jackson on her hit FOX show.

But thanks to stellar stylists and a love of fashion, the Aussie starlet also slips effortlessly between her character’s tough style, her easy everyday wear and girly red-carpet gowns.

“On the show, as Olivia, I wear a uniform — primarily a suit, jacket and boots,” she tells PEOPLE. “Anytime I can slip into my own clothes, it’s such a treat, as I prefer going casual whenever possible.”

But bigger deals, like Sunday’s Emmy Awards, are the days she looks forward to most. “An opportunity to go glam, with a high-fashion dress, hair and makeup?” she asks. “Come on, who wouldn’t love that?!”

For the Emmys, the actress donned a Vera Wang gown and bright blue heels. And she was sure to stay on a tight prep schedule, too. “I ate [that] morning and then got my nails done,” she shares. “And about noon we started hair and makeup, and then put the dress on and made sure everything was right. We were in the car at 2:30 p.m.”

Considering the effort that goes into getting a girl glam for an awards show — have you seen the Rachel Zoe Project? — Torv was pretty impressed with her timing. “Two-and-a-half hours?” she asks. “I don’t think that’s too much.”

Catch the season premiere of Fringe Friday night at 9 p.m. ET on FOX.


Nylon – September 2011

Posted by Mariana on
August 29th, 2011

Anna Torv is featured in the September TV Issue of Nylon magazine with a brand new interview and a gorgeous new photo. Check it out!

– Scans > Nylon – September 2011

Highligthing Anna’s interview parts. You can read the full article on There are also several videos from the Round Table, you can view them at THR Website or clicking read more below.

One’s returning to TV, another is switching shows and they all have a lot to say about fight scenes, Twitter and going incognito at the annual convention.

That’s one of many revelations to come out of our June 24 conversation with Gellar (the CW’s suspense thriller Ringer), Jennifer Morrison (ABC’s fairy tale drama Once Upon a Time), Britt Robertson (the CW’s supernatural series The Secret Circle), Yvonne Strahovski (NBC’s Chuck), Maggie Q (the CW’s Nikita) and Anna Torv (Fox’s Fringe).

THR: Did you put on a costume and go in?
ANNA TORV: I went and had a look around the first year that I went down there. The show wasn’t on the air yet and everybody was at our panel to hear J.J. [Abrams] speak, so I was quite fine to go and have a look. And then, you know, it changes bit by bit. It’s one of the few opportunities that you actually get to sit and talk to people who watch your show and have an interaction with them.

THR: What is the best or craziest fan encounter you’ve ever had?

YVONNE STRAHOVSKI: I was at New York Comic-Con. I was the only castmember with our two creators, and somebody came up and gave me a teddy bear, and then it sort of started this whole thing where people wanted to gift me things at the table.

GELLAR: I’m a size 6-1/2 shoe …

Q: I love jewelry!

MORRISON: If you bring me jewelry, I will tweet you back.

ROBERTSON: I just started [tweeting] two days ago. It’s scary.

TORV: I did it on our showrunner’s account. I can’t believe how the world changes.

THR: Do you have to tweet on behalf of your shows?

TORV: I think genre shows are really the only place where it is so beneficial. I know that our writers, producers and showrunners sit and read Twitter and check out all of the boards, and it becomes this intellectual dance with the fans.

GELLAR: But it’s also like, “He who speaks loudest gets heard.”

TORV: You have always gotten feedback, but it’s just so instantaneous now. I think that the filter they use is still the same filter that they would have used before. It’s like everyone had such a big issue with reality TV when it first happened. It was like, “Oh my God, reality TV.” But you look at it, and here we are. It means that scripted drama has to get better.

Q: It has to be more reality-based than it ever has been …

TORV: Well, no, I think it means that it could be heightened. I think what it means is because there is a lot of that reality stuff, you don’t want to watch shows where people just stare at each other and say, “Yeah, then he dumped me.” You want to watch stuff that’s emotionally uplifting, heightened, fantastical or sci-fi.

THR: If you could do a superhero show, which would you do?

GELLAR: Don’t feel pressure to say Buffy, guys.

THR: They tried to do a Wonder Woman pilot, and it failed.

GELLAR: Don’t say failed. That’s not fair to all the people who worked hard on it.

THR: It didn’t get picked up. But is there a way to make Wonder Woman work in the 21st century?

TORV: Oh gosh, that’s what I used to play when I was little. I would run to the end of the street.

THR: For many of you, these are new or recently renewed shows. Take us back to the moments before you got the official word. What were you feeling?

GELLAR: Oh, it’s cruel. It’s cruel. It’s the worst process. You are literally standing by a phone and they really don’t tell you until the night before, unless you are in New York. You are literally waiting, and you don’t want to pack a suitcase. I think what they do is secretly have all of the flights reserved under all of the actors’ names who they might pick up. I remember having to give all of our information ahead of time

ROBERTSON: It’s so funny that they do it so late in the process.

Q: The CW, especially!

TORV: The casting as well. You get cast two, three days before you’re about to shoot. And establishing a character at that point that you don’t realize you could play for four years, it’s like, my goodness!

THR: What is the biggest challenge or frustration of working in the TV business, for you?

MORRISON: The hours on a drama are just nasty.

Q: I worked for a producer on my show who Sarah worked with on Buffy. It was like six months in, and I wanted to kill myself …

GELLAR: Ah, Buffy the Weekend Slayer. … The thing I’m grateful for is that I don’t have to do the stunts anymore. In the Ringer pilot, I was the one who got knocked down. My entire stunt was getting knocked around. The producers and directors were so nervous; they wanted to use the stunt double and use pads.

Q: The physicality is so hard. It is the hardest thing you can do. Then you also get a 60-page script every nine days, and you’re the lead and you’re doing action. It’s almost impossible. I nearly had a meltdown in the first season.

TORV: You can surely get hit in the head and go into a coma, can’t you?

THR: Comic-Con, in particular, seems to have played an important role for certain shows that have struggled in the ratings. Anna and Yvonne, what has the event meant for your series?

TORV: We have such loyal and vocal fans, and that’s why we’re going again. Comic-Con is such a fantastic forum for that because you get to meet them and talk to them.

Round Table Part 1

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As FBI agent Olivia Dunham, Fringe’s Anna Torv this past season loved and lost a man, endured a difficult pregnancy, and cheated death all but one time. Complementing the spectacular conceits of dual universes, duplicate selves, accelerated gestation periods and time-jumps, the drama quotient remained high as well, with this formidable female often feeling – literally — the weight of our world on her shoulders. Perhaps it’s time for Emmy voters to see past the Fox series’ fantasy elements and give props to the Aussie actress who delivers the fantastic week after week.

TVLINE | This season, you played Olivia, “Bolivia,” Bolivia-as-Olivia, and Olivia as… Leonard Nimoy. How did that work out for you?
This season was my favorite so far. You do a show, and there are things you do every episode – like, we always have a crime scene – so to all of a sudden throw it in the air and be given the chance to play a whole lot of different stuff is fun.

TVLINE | Could you have imagined three years ago you’d be juggling all this?
I didn’t know what to imagine even after we finished the pilot. But this [third] season exceeded my expectations, and I think everybody had a ball, actually. Season 1, [which was filmed] in New York, was awesome, and Season 2 we were feeling things out in a new town [Vancouver] with a completely different crew. So this past year essentially [felt like only] the second season – and everybody says that’s the best one, because you’re relaxed.

TVLINE | Are you worried about what the writers might throw at you next?
I don’t know what they’re thinking, especially with the way we ended this season.

TVLINE | I have to imagine you’ll now be playing Olivia and Bolivia concurrently in the same space…
I’m thinking so, which will be tough on the hair department but fun for me. [Laughs] The only scene they had together was at the end of Season 2, when they had to fight in the apartment. I don’t know how much of that they’re going to do because that took a damn long time to shoot.

TVLINE | How do you go about making Bolivia not simply “the evil twin”?
I didn’t know where [the writers] were going to go with her, so I tended to just play it scene-for-scene or episode-for-episode. There were a couple where I thought, “Oh, she kind of is going bad,” but then you get to see her in other situations and she becomes a person. Going back to the other side and getting to play a bunch of stuff where she’s in her own world I think did great things for the character, because then you went, “She’s just fighting for her cause.”

TVLINE | Talk about how you worked with John Noble to nail down what was basically an impersonation of an in absentia Leonard Nimoy.
I was not excited when that script came out. I was fearful. So what do you do? You call the people that are much better than you and say, “Help!” [Laughs] John had worked with Leonard, plus I was so, so nervous, I wanted to make sure that when I went to set to do it for the first time there was at least one person that I could look at who I had done it with before and trusted. It offered an element of comfort.

TVLINE | Did you ever get a note from Mr. Nimoy?
I did! I got an email saying, “I’ve been hearing good things about your impersonation of me.” I wrote back, “Oh gosh, I’m so sorry. Why they didn’t give it to Josh [Jackson] or John, I don’t know.” He was so darling, he wrote back, “It wouldn’t have been as charming.”

TVLINE | Would seeing John receive an Emmy nomination be as satisfying as getting your own?
Oh, I can’t believe that he hasn’t [been nominated] yet. I have the luxury of watching him work, and I learn a lot.

TVLINE | We saw Mary McDonnell do gangbusters work on Battlestar Galactica, which in many ways was “The West Wing in space.” Yet actors in genre shows have trouble getting recognized at Emmy time. Why do you think that is?
I’m loath to kind of comment on that, but I think that people think that serious acting needs to be within a serious sort of story.

TVLINE | Would that influence your Emmy reel, if you get to compile one? Might you cherry-pick straighter drama moments?
That’s an interesting thing, because performance is so much about taste. I don’t ever sit down and ask people, “What’s your favorite scene of mine?” I know the ones that I’m proud of, but people like different things…

TVLINE | Which scenes are you proud of?
There were two scenes from when Olivia came back [from the other universe] and finds out that Peter was sleeping with Bolivia. One [has] her on her own where she takes all of her clothes out of the wardrobe and puts them in the laundry. [Watch that clip here.] And there’s another where she says to Peter, “I can’t believe that you didn’t know it was me.” The reason I love those scenes is because it’s really easy to be great in your own bedroom [rehearsing], but when you get on set you have so many different obstacles. The scene with Peter and me outside was done at like 1:30 in the morning, in the middle of town, so we had piles of drunk people screaming up and down the street, and massive fire engines and trucks coming through…. We’re doing this quiet scene where I have to cry and we’re on the clock, but that’s what TV teaches you -– to just go with it very quickly.

TVLINE | I remember and loved that scene (watch it here), because it was coming from this place of, “Nobody wants to feel replaceable.”
And nobody wants to believe that they’re just their skin. You want to believe that people see something else inside you. But essentially that’s what she was being told at that point. Those scripts were wonderfully written.

TVLINE | Who inspires you? Is there an actress who, whenever she has a new project come out, you are so there?
I just adore Kate Winslet. I love her because you’re never aware of all the stuff that’s going into her characterization, and yet she completely transforms. She also has this incandescent warmth to her, and that’s a quality that is hers. She’s approachable and damn believable.

TVLINE | You recently told me that if Fringe ever introduced a third universe, you’d want that Olivia to be a Southern gal….
Yeah, someone really from Jacksonville.

TVLINE | So, not someone Australian?
Australian would be fun, but I don’t know if they’d ever let me do that. But I’d love to play a real Aussie chick! I pitched that once; I wanted to play the teacher in the episode where we go back and find out Olivia and Peter’s [childhood] story. I nearly got the guys to do it, but they thought it might be too confusing. So I let that go!


Matt’s Inside Line: Scoop on Fringe

Posted by Annie on
June 16th, 2011

Fringe | While speaking with me for her Eye on Emmy TVLine feature, Anna Torv shared her excitement over the prospect of working for the very first time with Seth Gabel this coming season. What, you say? Torv already has shared scenes with Gabel? Right. But she’s talking about Olivia crossing paths with our universe’s Lincoln Lee. “I thought he was really fun on this side!” the Aussie actress raves of Gabel’s March appearance. “But Olivia didn’t get to meet him, because she was in William Bell mode [at the time].” Now that the two worlds are connected by the bridge Peter created — and Gabel has been promoted to series regular — does Torv think he will be playing our Lincoln, his alt self, or a bit of each? “I’m thinking both,” she ventures. “And that excites me. He’s just a treat to work with.”