Westworld Season 2: Talulah Riley Promoted to Series Regular

Her character, Angela, will have a more prominent role

Angela on Westworld

Our first introduction to Angela (Talulah Riley) was as William’s (Jimmi Simpson) greeter and guide for his first visit to Westworld. William was awed by her beauty and how realistic she appeared. When he asked if she were real, her philosophical response – “if you can’t tell, does it matter?” – seemed to be directed not only to William, but to the viewing audience as well.

Fans of Riley will be pleased to hear that she is returning for Westworld’s second season. Deadline reported today that not only will she be back, she will have a larger role as a series regular. Riley will reprise her character, the beautiful host Angela, who is also one of the oldest in the park.

What does this mean for Angela’s storyline? When we last saw her, she was serving as one of “Wyatt’s” men. She killed Teddy (James Marsden) and left the Man in Black (Ed Harris) for dead. Now that we know “Wyatt” is actually Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood), we can assume Angela will be instrumental in helping Dolores in her rebellion against Delos. Perhaps Angela – who once welcomed guests to Westworld – will make sure they never leave.

What are your thoughts on Angela’s role in the coming season? Are you glad she will have a more prominent part to play? Let us know in the comments!

7 responses to “Westworld Season 2: Talulah Riley Promoted to Series Regular”

  1. I loved Riley in season one. I don’t know how else to say it, but… her face is just enthralling. She’s just so expressive, unique and beautiful. She’s like the embodiment of what one imagines a host would look and feel like, and Riley’s acting only helped to push that feeling further. Really, there couldn’t be better news.

    Now, if only we were assured Shannon Woodward would have a much larger role as Elsie in season two, THAT would be as good. I loved the character, but I always hoped she was more involved. Perhaps after the massacre at the end of season one, with the culling of the cast, we’ll see more of Elsie… once she resurfaces from wherever she is. Let’s hope!

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    • Luka Nieto:
      I loved Riley in season one. I don’t know how else to say it, but… her face is just enthralling. She’s just so expressive, unique and beautiful. She’s like the embodiment of what one imagines a host would look and feel like, and Riley’s acting only helped to push that feeling further. Really, there couldn’t be better news.

      Now, if only we were assured Shannon Woodward would have a much larger role as Elsie in season two, THAT would be as good. I loved the character, but I always hoped she was more involved. Perhaps after the massacre at the end of season one, with the culling of the cast, we’ll see more of Elsie… once she resurfaces from wherever she is. Let’s hope!

      Totally agreed on Riley, and on Elsie as well. I have to believe that Ms. Hughes will be returning in Season 2. Not only because Shannon Woodward is awesome, but because the potential for a storyline involving Elsie (and presumably Stubbs as well) trying to survive in the park now that the hosts are in open rebellion is too enticing to pass up. We need to have some human characters that we’re interested in rooting for, especially now that the tables have turned.

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  2. Hey, the first bit of real casting news for Season 2! Hopefully it signals that there’s more to come in the relatively near future.

    Before Westworld, I was most familiar with Talulah Riley from her role as Mary Bennett from the 2005 adaptation of Pride & Prejudice starring Keira Knightley (sidebar: I unequivocally adore that movie). When Angela first appeared in Episode 2, I have to admit I didn’t recognize Riley at first – this cool yet intriguing, mysterious yet inviting character is quite visually and temperamentally distinct from Elizabeth’s frequently sullen younger sister. Because I was watching live, I didn’t want to check my phone to see who the actress was, so I spent most of the rest of the episode racking my brain to figure out where I’d seen her before.

    When I finally figured out it was Riley, I felt foolish for a moment, but then I literally punched the air in excitement. A bit extreme, perhaps, but it’s about time that Talulah Riley got more prominent roles in prestige projects. (Seriously, all of the other actresses who played the Bennett sisters in that film – Rosamund Pike, Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, and Jena Malone – have gone on to become big stars who regularly show up in major movies. Hell, three of them are Academy Award nominees, with Knightley having earned her nomination for Pride & Prejudice itself. Poor Mary, always being overlooked).

    For those who were deep in the theorizing weeds, I know that much was made of Angela being a constant that allowed people to piece together the three separate time periods that the show was weaving together. In universe, however, seeing Angela return in such a radically different context was awesome, and I thought Riley did a great job portraying the chilling fanaticism that characterized Wyatt’s followers. I hope that we’ll see more of that in Season 2, and with Riley joining the main cast, it sounds like we will!

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    • Jared,

      Thanks for pointing out her playing Mary in the 2005 adaptation! Although I am a Pride and Prejudice fan myself (both novel and adaptations, including the 80ies and 1995 shows), I had no idea that Talulah Riley played Mary – I had noticed that she was prettier than in other adaptations, but I couldn’t make any connections between the rather plain Bennett and the fascinating host. The power of make-up strikes again.
      I’m glad to see Angela coming back, but the ones I’m really interested in are Elsie and Stubbs (and Felix!) – one can sense humanity in them, which is more than can be said about many Westworld and Delos employees. The irony to be less humane than the hosts one manufactures!

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