‘Westworld’s Emily Somers Discusses Working On The Show, Science Fiction, And How Working Around Big Names Has Served Her Well

‘Westworld’s Emily Somers Discusses Working On The Show, Science Fiction, And How Working Around Big Names Has Served Her Well

mxdwn had the chance to take a seat down with Westworld’s Emily Somers (Awaken The Shadowman) to debate her position on the present, her ideas on science fiction appearing, what it was wish to work with massive names all through her profession, and far more. Somers performs Lindsay, who is taken into account an outlier who has some pivotal scenes with William, performed by Ed Harris (The Truman Show).

mxdwn: First off, I needed to speak about how the position of Lindsay in Westworld grew to become obtainable to you.

Somers: It was fairly customary. It was an audition, self-taped request that my agent submitted me for on breakdowns. I did a self-tape as a result of we’re within the age of doing every thing from dwelling (laughs). I despatched it in, you neglect about it, it goes on the market, and also you hope somebody watches it. Weeks later, we received the decision that I used to be on maintain for the position, after which inside I feel it was like half-hour, normally, it doesn’t transfer this shortly, we came upon I booked it and I used to be capturing the next week. So it was like bam, bam, bam.

mxdwn: During your profession, you’ve concerned your self in movie and quick movie roles, and now you’re in Westworld in a tv position, what’s it about Westworld that drew you into entering into tv?

Somers: Gosh, I feel it was simply the luck of the draw when it comes to, you realize, ending up doing extra movie than TV and I feel now with TV being extra type of filmatic, I’m fortunate sufficient to be getting extra of those alternatives. But I feel simply the legacy of the present or any present on HBO actually (laughs), you realize, is a good present and I’ve been conversant in Westworld. I’ve watched seasons of Westworld, the actors on the present clearly. I imply, it’s only a win-win state of affairs when you get the prospect to be on a present like that.

mxdwn: [Westworld] is clearly considered one of many prime sci-fi collection out proper now, has appeared in additional sci-fi exhibits or movies all the time been of curiosity to you?

Somers: Yeah! I discover science fiction, kind of as a result of it’s this untapped frontier and that there’s a lot extra creativeness put into it, I really like that and it’s a very good problem for an actor too as a result of a lot of the time, every thing’s accomplished in post-production, proper? All these actually cool particular results and issues so it’s a unique type of problem for an actor. So, yea, I’ve actually loved – I did a Hacker movie just a few years in the past which type of bordered on that with very related themes like tech taking on and our reliance on tech and that type of factor. I all the time suppose it’s an attention-grabbing world to stay in.

mxdwn: When you first noticed the half for Lindsay, what was your preliminary response, and the way did you kind of draft up your strategy to changing into that character?

Somers: Well, my preliminary response was it’s an audition for Westworld which is so cool! Just that in itself after which the writing was so stunning. So to not be strolling on and having kind of an empty character, however having this fantastically emotional, weak character that was so effectively written, generally these are simpler auditions, which sounds unusual. It’s simply written so effectively, a whole lot of the time it’s a lot simpler to faucet into. So, it was a present to get these strains.

mxdwn: Talk in regards to the writing in Westworld and the way it’s totally different from something you’ve seen or the rest you’ve been part of.

Somers: It’s on one other degree, I feel, as is the case with so many HBO exhibits. But particularly the writing for Westworld, they actually steadiness the sci-fi side and know-how with this stunning humanity aspect of issues. The employees writers that they’ve, they’ve been engaged on the present for thus lengthy. They have a whole lot of assistants writing episodes, which is so cool. They’ve received an important steadiness between science fiction and in addition simply stunning language within the writing.

mxdwn: What are you able to say about working with Westworld creators Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan?

Somers: Well, a dream once more simply to be on the present that their names are hooked up to. I lastly received to fulfill Lisa on the premiere and she or he couldn’t have been lovelier. Just getting to fulfill and work on a present [about] a girl who’s working at her degree on this business and has the legacy she has. I liked Pushing Daisies again within the day. [Meeting her] was positively unbelievable. I nonetheless haven’t gotten to fulfill Jonathan Nolan however once more simply to be on his set was a dream come true.

mxdwn: When you had been capturing your components in Westworld, how a lot do you know about what was going to occur along with your character prematurely or did you kind of be taught as you had been filming?

Somers: Oh man. Even the stuff you suppose are going to occur to your character are completely totally different by the point the present comes out (laughs). I feel all of the solid talks about this, however they provide your strains so you may have a basic concept of what you’re doing, [and] what your character is doing. I used to be fortunate as a result of I received some info too on the actor who’s taking part in my husband and his strains and what occurred to him as a result of he was in a unique episode, so I’ve that, and also you type of fill within the blanks for one another after we’re on set collectively the solid. But other than that, I knew the fundamental storyline and also you learn into what you’re saying, proper? So type of making it up based mostly [on] what I used to be given and hoping it was the fitting course to go in.

mxdwn: As we mentioned earlier than, Westworld has fairly a loaded solid with names like Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffery Wright, Ed Harris, Aaron Paul, and the checklist goes on. Who would you say you’ve discovered essentially the most from since becoming a member of the solid?

Somers: [The person] I’ve discovered essentially the most from is unquestionably Evan Rachel Wood. We initially had stuff collectively in episode two, so I received to spend a day along with her and I feel simply from watching how she conducts herself on set, her degree of professionalism, how she’s capable of simply keep centered and drop into the character. Also how she treats everyone else on set. In entrance of the digicam and behind the digicam, simply observing how she exhibits up was the best. And actually everybody, it’s exhausting to select from as a result of everybody else was unbelievable too. But (Rachel Wood), I simply spent essentially the most time along with her out of everyone.

mxdwn: Do you occur to have any standout tales from working with any of these massive names thus far?

Somers (Laughing): I do. This is type of a shaggy dog story however Ed Harris ordered a pizza to set in New York City after we had been capturing on the rooftop. It was a scramble and there wasn’t any meals there so he simply referred to as up a pizza place and ordered a pizza to be delivered to the set and shared with everyone. I assumed that was fairly nice. He was like watching the sport and was simply the good, coolest man.

mxdwn: Was simply seeing how actors of their stature simply doing regular issues like that show you how to see them otherwise?

Somers: Yeah, I feel it’s only a good reminder as a result of it’s intimidating whenever you’re stepping on a set like that and these individuals have been working perpetually at such a degree. Especially Ed Harris. He’s a legend and what actor doesn’t look as much as him? It’s fairly cool when he’s all the way down to earth and sharing his pizza with everybody. It takes away the nerve just a little bit, yeah.

mxdwn: I additionally needed to speak to you about a few of the different work you’ve accomplished. You’ve been in some smaller roles in some movies. There was Sandy Wexler with Adam Sandler, Playing For Keeps with Gerard Butler, and Awaken The Shadowman with Jean Smart. How has working with names reminiscent of these, even in a small position, helped you in your profession?

Somers: Yeah, I imply, it’s helped a ton, proper? Because you don’t get so starstruck whenever you’re working with individuals, though I positively had my moments on Westworld (laughs). I feel now after Westworld, I really feel like “Ok, I can go on to any set and I’ll be ok.” But yea, it helps. Jean Smart was, I feel, the most important one as a result of fortunately I used to be on that movie for a few weeks at that time and dealing. So, she was simply coming in and doing her stuff. So, I felt like I used to be in a safer surroundings once I met her however nonetheless was like (gasps) “Jean Smart!” But yea, it does assist. The extra you do it, you realize, you notice that we’re all simply at totally different ranges in our profession however we’re all doing the identical factor.

mxdwn: Another factor I used to be occupied with, going again to the shorts vs movies dialog, what are a few of the main variations between appearing in a brief vs appearing in movies or exhibits like Westworld?

Somers: That’s a very good query. I feel the period of time you’re engaged on the undertaking is the principle one. With Westworld, it’s like such an enormous endeavor and also you’re coming again and over the course of six months, you’re going to be there for a few days then you definitely’re not there for a few weeks then you definitely’re there but it surely’s this ongoing factor and also you come again to set and you realize, you’ve been there earlier than. With a brief, it’s like every thing’s packed into a few days. Sometimes in the future, generally three days. But you’re making an attempt to get as a lot protection as potential in my expertise in a really quick period of time. So, it’s kind of a fast-forwarded condensed model. I feel you must be just a little bit scrappier too. For essentially the most half, shorts don’t have the price range like large TV exhibits or motion pictures accomplish that you must be resourceful and get the shot.

mxdwn: The last item I used to be actually questioning was what sort of tasks do you may have coming sooner or later? Has something come because you’ve joined Westworld? Have the gives began to pile up just a little bit?

Somers: I hope so. I’m enthusiastic about one which I’m going to be doing on the finish of this month. I’m going to be recurring on an Apple TV+ present, in order that’s going to be a whole lot of enjoyable. It’s a really totally different character from Lindsay. I’m trying ahead to being in a unique type of turmoil, I suppose, with this character as a result of Lindsay was a ravishing position however emotionally, as an actor, you’re simply going by means of it the entire time. So, I’ve that developing on the finish of this month. I simply produced, wrote, and starred in a brief proof-of-concept for a undertaking I optioned the rights to referred to as Into The Valley. So, I’m simply engaged on enhancing that too and we’re making an attempt to complete that up as effectively. So, protecting busy.


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