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Interview: Anna Torv Talks FRINGE

Posted by Annie on
September 10th, 2009

On September 17th, the Fox television drama Fringe is returning for a second thrilling season, as it will continue to explore the unexplained phenomena and terrifying occurrences linked throughout the world, and known as “The Pattern,” in pursuit of a larger, more shocking truth.

The FBI’s Fringe Division formed when Special Agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) enlisted the help of institutionalized fringe scientist Walter Bishop (John Noble) and his son, Peter (Joshua Jackson), to save her partner and lover from a shocking, indescribable death. Since then, the Fringe team imagines and tests the impossible while investigating unbelievable events, bizarre crimes and mystifying cases involving teleportation, reanimation, genetic mutation, precognition, artificial intelligence, and now parallel realities.

Series star Anna Torv spoke to the press about how Season 2 promises to answer questions, as well as bring new ones to the surface, while the dynamics between the three lead characters will continue to develop and shift.

Q: How will your character’s experiences with Walter and Peter change in Season 2?

Anna: I feel like it’s undeniable that Walter and Peter are the team, and Olivia is very much this singular person. The more information we get about these drug tests that went on and the abilities that Olivia keeps discovering that she has, you realize that Olivia’s partner is the Pattern. That’s what she’s connected to.

Q: What is the Pattern supposed to be?

Anna: Well, we’re not sure yet. At the moment, it really is just a pattern of events that this team has been investigating. The deeper they get, the same names keep popping up, but we’re still not quite sure. That’s the mystery.

Q: In what ways will Peter be more involved this season?

Anna: This year, Peter has started to accompany Olivia on certain trips, so he’s doing more than he was last year.

Q: Do you think they’re pushing your characters into a romance?

Anna: I don’t know. I’m not sure. I don’t know how they can. Olivia spent the first half of last season getting over John Scott (played by Mark Valley), and then in the second half Peter was going out with Olivia’s sister. So, I think we’ve got to have at least half of this season to just get back to equal footing.

Q: What is your own personal belief in the supernatural events on this show?

Anna: I think there are elements of things that you think about a little bit more than others.

Q: Were you ever fearful of things under the bed, as a child?

Anna: I was scared of a lot of gore. I always had a fear of blood.

Q: Has working on the show inspired an interest in fringe science for you?

Anna: I love the parallel universe aspect and I love the dreamscape stuff, going into someone’s mind in a drug-induced experience. Strange Days was actually a really great film. I’ve always been interested in that side of it, but I don’t have any piqued interest in autopsies. I think you either like that or you don’t.

Q: Did you have to do anything to get ready for the role this season, like you did last season?

Anna: No. This was such a treat because I didn’t work very much on the first episode this season. I just came in and did two days, so I got to explore Vancouver. It was pretty lovely.

Q: Your husband, Mark Valley, has his own series this year, with Human Target. Is there any chance that he’ll be returning to Fringe? What’s it like on the set without him?

Anna: I don’t think his character will be coming back. And, he wasn’t around very much, even when he was here, so it’s kind of the same.

Q: Is Human Target shooting in Vancouver too?

Anna: It is.

Q: Is there any place you’d like to see your character go, or anything that you’d like to explore?

Anna: I love the parallel universe stuff, and I’ve said to everyone that will hear that I’d love to play the Olivia double and completely flip her on her head. That would be very fun.

Q: Were you able to do any projects on your hiatus?

Anna: No. We only had a very short hiatus. We moved house, we went back to Australia, saw my family, and then came back and started work.

Q: Had you already moved to America when you auditioned for this role?

Anna: No.

Q: How did they find you?

Anna: I was living in London, but I tested for this in Australia. They test in different countries a lot.

Q: And then, you moved once you got the role?

Anna: Yeah.

Q: How do you like it here?

Anna: I think it’s great. But, we’re filming in Canada now. We just keep moving.

Q: How cool is it to have Leonard Nimoy on the set?

Anna: Extremely. Unfortunately, the set wasn’t very cool when he was there, though. There was a heat wave in Vancouver.

Q: Because a lot of young women see this role as a very strong female who solves her own problems, do you feel like you have to be a good role model for those women?
Anna: Wow. I don’t know how to answer that. I don’t know whether to say yes or no. Do I feel pressure? No. Do I think it’s great that we have this role model? Yes. Is that my responsibility? Yes.

Q: Last season, there were really chilling moments, when Olivia goes into that underwater tank. Are you guys going to be using that chamber, more and more?

Anna: I wanted her to get really addicted to all of that stuff, which would make her not a very good role model, if she was in the lab, injecting herself.