Westworld Roundup: Tessa Thompson on Her Character’s Authority; Ed Harris on the Shooting Schedule; Gustaf Skarsgard on his First Day on Set


As filming for Westworld‘s second season continues to roll on, a few of the show’s stars found some time this week to chat about the series and their respective characters.

First up is Tessa Thompson, who made a big splash on the show during her mid-season introduction as Delos board member Charlotte Hale. During a recent interview with Vanity Fair, the actress opened up about the impact her character has on the show, and particularly how she establishes her authority:

“They really wanted Hale to come in and feel so wildly different from that space. I think for some people, they felt like her behavior is so unprofessional, but I think for her, it’s just that she’s very good at her job. With Hale, I really relinquish myself of any sort of responsibility to make her likable. I feel like so often with men in a professional space, it’s not about being liked. It’s about being respected.”

Thompson also explained that the power she’s found in Hale has translated to her real Hollywood life in a positive way, especially in light of the recent harassment claims that have surfaced against powerful industry men. “With Charlotte, I’ve gotten license to behave with men in a way that I have never in my life,” says the actress. “It’s made me move through space differently, particularly in the weight of all the stuff that we’re talking about now in Hollywood. Charlottes doesn’t suffer any of that shit, you know?”

It will definitely be interesting to see how Thompson’s character continues to utilize her power in the wake of the host uprising!

This week Ed Harris (Man In Black) sat down with Steve Weintraub of Collider to discuss, among other things, the hectic and scattered shooting schedule that has come to define HBO’s Sci-Fi Western. When asked what the actor has shot so far for the upcoming second season, the actor offered the following, including when the show is scheduled to wrap shooting:

“Well so far we’ve shot some from episode 1, some from episode 2, some from episode 4, some from episode 10. [Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy are] committed to having the scripts done to shoot so we’re done by Christmas. They’re in better shape this year, they’re better prepared.”

At this point there hasn’t seemed to be any production delays or setbacks, so the Christmas wrap date certainly still seems realistic. And hey, the sooner they wrap filming, the sooner HBO can air the show, so let’s keep our fingers crossed the remainder of production goes smoothly!

Check out the actor’s full interview below, during which he also discusses his role on the film Kodachrome and his aspirations to direct another feature:

And finally, Westworld season 2 newcomer Gustaf Skarsgard, who will be portraying ‘white-collar guy’ Karl Strand in the upcoming season, caught up with Interview Magazine to discuss his freshman go on the HBO hit. The actor couldn’t help but reminisce on the audition experience for his part, and admits he thought he completely messed it up:

“It was a really, really hard scene, a long speech. I only had two days to prepare, so I thought I fucked it up. I called my manager and was like, ‘No, this is not my role. This is not going to happen.’ I went back home to Sweden and heard back ‘No’ on all the other projects [I auditioned for]. Westworld was the one that I wanted the most, but since I had given up on it, I was like, ‘OK, this is it. There goes my acting career.’”

Luckily for Skarsgard, his assumption about the Westworld gig was incorrect, and soon after his trip back to Sweden he got the call that he had landed the part.

Skarsgard also opened up about his first day on set and the very first scene he shot, which he says is from episode 3:

“It was a long, three-and-a-half minute walk and talk scene. And the first shot was a steady camera shot covering the whole scene, which means you can’t mess anything up. So you have to be on point to carry the whole scene through, and I was driving the scene as well. I don’t think I’ve ever been that professionally tested before. It was survival mode. But also very exhilarating and exciting to be that challenged. I’m on this set that I’m a fan of, acting with people that I love to watch on television, and I have to carry this fucking scene, it’s on my shoulders, and I’m surviving.”

As for what fans can expect from his character, Skarsgard says he’s a “man with a military background, who you call in to solve shit, get shit done.” Sounds like he’s just the person Delos needs right now to handle their issues!

What do you think of this latest batch of interviews? Let us know!

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