Westworld Roundup: Angela Sarafyan, Ali Naqvi, and Howard Cummings On Their Season 2 Journeys

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Westworld is a series whose complexity behind and in front of the camera contributes to a truly unique television experience. The acting, the production design, and the key visual mastery of the directors awe the audience with every episode. Season two has certainly delivered exceptional performances, an exciting array of different parks such as The Raj and Shogun World, and who can forget Lisa Joy‘s perfect command of the camera in her directorial debut, “The Riddle of the Sphinx”?

Angela Sarafyan, who has delivered an unforgettable performance as Clementine, spoke to BUILD Series about her experience on the HBO sci-fi sensation, including the moment when she learned that she was going to shoot Ed Harris‘s The Man in Black in the shoulder. Sarafyan speaks to the empowerment of Clementine as a character who was used, and then garnered the opportunity to turn around and kick some human ass.


At around the six minute mark, Sarafyan speaks to that sublime moment in season two when she sees the New Clementine and what it meant for the awakening character to see a shadow of her former self in front of her. She speaks about the Shakesperean quality of complexity that was afforded to the characters on Westworld, and draws out fascinating parallels to her character’s minute quantity of dialogue in season two to tense standoffs in classic Western genre filmmaking.

Her intellect, grace, and humor shine through in the interview. Check it out below and let us know what you think of her read on Clementine as a character, the world of Westworld, and her passion for the craft of acting.


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Howard Cummings is a veteran of production design, whose thirty-six year-long career has such storied credits as feature films The Usual Suspects and Magic Mike, and the Steven Soderbergh-directed Cinemax series The Knick. Coming on in season two, Cummings talks to Foto about the challenges of keeping the visual language of the first season while exploring pathways to augment it. Cummings explores the construction of the fort from earlier in season two, the challenges of bringing Shogun World to life, and how the vision of legendary filmmaker Akira Kurosawa influenced his work on season two.

The full interview can be found here. Let us know what you think!


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Ali Naqvi is the Producing Director’s Assistant on Westworld. Naqvi discovered his love of film in a Video Tech class, where he discovered the beauty and the creativity a camera could afford him. When he told his parents that he wanted to be a director, he expected to have some pushback, but found a supportive mother who said, “Sure, go be a director, but go and be the best director.” We’re thrilled to have Naqvi’s talented eye brought to our screens and I’m personally super excited to have more diversity behind the camera.

You can find the video interview, which was posted on HBO’s Twitter, below:

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