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Screencaps from tonight’s episode are on the gallery
As if one world wasn’t enough to explore the complicated world of fringe science, the FOX drama “Fringe” has actively gone where not too many series have gone before for a long stretch of the narrative – to an alternate universe. As the third season is dividing its focus between our world and the alternate world, the series is also allowing actors Anna Torv and John Noble to play double duty as, respectively, Olivia and “Bolivia” (more on that in a moment) and Walter and “Walternate.” During a trip last week to the “Fringe” set in Vancouver, our Jim Halterman hung out on the show’s extensive lab set (near a the lifeless stand-in for Gene the cow!) and talked with Torv, Noble and Joshua Jackson about how they’re able to make sense of the two worlds, what their wishes are with this third season journey and how the experience may alter the often complex relationships between Olivia, Peter and Walter.
First, what do we call the alternate universe’s Olivia, who is now in our world while the real Olivia is trapped on the other side? Jackson had an easy solution to finally decide on one name for the other Olivia. “In the scripts,” he explained, “it’s always Bolivia but my opinion is we should allow the people who watch the show to name her. So, I’ve heard Faux-livia, Alt-livia, No-livia.” Jackson even came up with a name that’s a little more tongue-in-cheek – ‘Extra Crispy Tasty Olivia’ – and shared its origins. “In the finale, [Peter is] eating KFC and that’s where it pops into my head.”
From an actor’s standpoint, how complicated has it been playing two variations of the same character? “It’s been really tricky, to tell the truth,” said Torv. “Because outside of the hair change they really aren’t so dissimilar. They’re so alike in that they’ve ended up in the same job with exactly the same unit with the same partner and the same boss so fundamentally they are genetically the same person and the only thing that has shifted [are that] their reactions are a little bit different or they’ve led just a little bit different of a life.”
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY
Anna Torv has to wonder how she went from an Australian TV drama with a bunch of twentysomethings sitting around talking about their relationships over beer to an American sci-fi show like Fox’s Fringe, where she is regularly doing action sequences in alternate universes.
“Sometimes at 3 in the morning when we’re still shooting outside in the rain, running around and blowing things up, I want that scene where I’m on the couch with a cup of cocoa, going, ‘Sure, if you just call him, he’ll …’ But really, only at 3 in the morning,” says the Australian actress, laughing during a break while on the Vancouver set of Fringe.
orv, 32, is bubbly and makes herself chuckle a lot, unlike the serious nature of her character, Olivia Dunham, an FBI agent who works in the organization’s Fringe Division to solve strange problems of science that threaten mankind. Her role became a tad more complicated last year in the show’s second season, which revealed a whole new and different universe and a whole new and different Olivia.
Now in Season 3, Torv is playing both Olivia and her alternate-Earth self. Original-recipe Olivia is buttoned-up and blond, and Alt-Olivia’s more cocky and redheaded, but Olivia is stuck in the other universe and has to pose as Alt-Olivia to survive, while Alt-Olivia has infiltrated Olivia’s team — who think she’s the Olivia they know and love — as a double agent in the regular reality.
Don’t worry if you’re a little hazy on all that. So is Torv. “It gets kind of confusing keeping track,” she says, her Aussie accent giving way to the more American tones of Olivia every so often.
Asked what an alternate-universe Anna Torv would be like, the actress pauses. “That’s a good question. Oh yeah, I’d want her to be braver than me,” she says. “I think I am brave, but really it’s just in the privacy of my home. It’s where I have all the good ideas I never put into action.”
Though Torv carries a lot of geek cred in the sci-fi community, she’s not often a target of tabloids and gossip columnists. Her wedding to Human Target star Mark Valley in December of 2008 wasn’t held under the normal celebrity microscope, nor was their split this year.
Torv enjoys the bubble of Fringe that allows her a personal life. At the same time, though, “I don’t really do a lot,” she says with a laugh. “It’s not a joke: You hear actors always saying, ‘My favorite night is just to go home and sit in front of the TV.’ You stay out of trouble that way.”
Her character yearns to have a family aspect in her life, and Torv wants to start a family one day, too.
“I think that there will be children in my life,” she says, adding, “I don’t know when and I don’t know how, but I’m not thinking about that at the moment.”
Perhaps Fringe will discover another parallel universe where fans find out Olivia is a mom. Stranger things have happened, as Torv knows, since she’s a long way from that couch and cocoa.
“We’ll just keep going,” she says. “Each season, we just keep discovering more and more Olivias, and they just keep getting more and more different until I end up playing this Southern belle who reads palms.”
Anna is featured on the cover of the brand new issue of UK mag TV And Satellite Week and reveals what’s next for Fringe. 🙂