Westworld’s Evan Rachel Wood on Playing the Hero; Angela Sarafyan Talks Theories

The actresses discuss Westworld’s impact in two new interviews

Evan Rachel Wood Exit Magazine Spring 2017 PhotoshootPhoto credit: Michael Schwartz for Exit Magazine

Evan Rachel Wood is riding high on a wave of popularity after her outstanding performance as Dolores Abernathy on Westworld. She has become quite the cover model, first appearing in Elle Canada’s May issue and now featured in the spring/summer edition of Exit Magazine. Fashion Gone Rogue offers a sneak peek at some of the photos, as well as a snippet from her interview.

Wood reminisces about filming for Westworld’s first season, saying, “I remember shooting a scene with Jimmi Simpson [William] where he gets pinned against the wall by some bad soldiers and he tells me to run. The first take that we did, I ran out of the frame, and I wasn’t supposed to. Everyone was really confused and I was just shocked.”

This appears to be a pivotal moment for Wood; she continues by saying, “I’m just so used to running, I’ve never been asked to save the day. I almost started crying, because it hit me that that shouldn’t be a novelty.” Hopefully Wood’s character will have more opportunities to be the hero in season two of Westworld.

Check out Wood’s other photos at Fashion Gone Rogue. To read the entire interview, you’ll have to grab a print copy of Exit Magazine’s spring/summer issue.

Angela Sarafyan as Clementine Pennyfeather on Westworld

In other news, PopMatters interviewed Angela Sarafyan (Clementine Pennyfeather) about her role in The Promise – a movie chronicling the Armenian Genocide of 1915. As a descendant of Genocide survivors, the Armenian-American had a very personal investment in her character. It was quite a different experience from playing Clementine on Westworld, but Sarafyan admits there were similarities as well.

“When I look at stories, I have to connect with what’s on the page,” Sarafyan explains. “I got goosebumps when I read Westworld. From the first few lines… I just knew. It was the same thing with The Promise.” She has enjoyed the success of Westworld and the excitement it has generated. “I love running into people I’ve never met who love the show and are so taken with it,” she says. “It makes me so happy, because it transcends. We wanted people to watch it and get something from it and change the way they think.”

How does Sarafyan feel about fans analyzing every detail and theorizing about the plot? “I love hearing what people get out of the show, what they’re excited about, what they’re looking forward to, what answers they want to know. It’s exciting to have that dialogue and see all of the theories that are out there. I love reading them, because some of them are right, and I don’t know how they guessed!” She continues, “[The Promise director] Terry George knew from the first episode that Jeffrey Wright [Bernard Lowe] was a robot! That blew my mind.”

Read the full interview at PopMatters.

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