Fox's Fringe returns tonight at long last, after almost two months off the air. But viewers shouldn't worry about being lost when the show returns — at least according to Anna Torv, who plays Olivia Dunham. Torv hopped on the phone with reporters last week to talk about what's coming up for the rest of Fringe's season, what we'll learn about her character's past, and whether she'll ever hook up with Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson). Here are highlights:
- On her favorite parts of playing Olivia: "I love it when I’m in motion. I love doing sort of the rough and tumble, running and gunning. I know that when we're in the lab, I just get to be the question machine. I get to watch the boys sort of have fun at 'The Walter and Peter Show.' . . . I like that I play a character where I kind of go to work and I sort of put her armor on, her dark suits and her badge and her gun."
- On discovering more of Olivia's past: "We start to discover some things that happened to her when she was really little that she doesn't really remember. . . . You start to see the stories or the lives of Peter and Walter and Olivia kind of begin to interlace a little bit, and you sort of see how their paths have crossed before."
- On her feelings about the end of the season: "Things sort of started to get a little bit more cemented. We shot an episode a little while ago, one of the last ones directed by Akiva Goldsman [airing April 21], and I think that kind of pushes it into a different direction but not into a different world. It sort of pushes us a little bit deeper into some of the things that we've been touching on, and we're shooting the season finale at the moment, and I'm really excited. I'm excited at the prospect of where the show could go. If we're lucky enough to shoot a second season, I think it's going to be really great."
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- On Olivia maybe hooking up with Peter down the line: "I hope that they sort of stretch it out for as long as possible. I think that's what makes it kind of fun, when it's like, 'Oh, are they or aren’t they? What's going on?' I think there needs to be a few more close calls before they, you know, start heading down that track, because then you've got to break up and get back together again and the whole bit, right?"
- On how she — and Olivia — have changed over the season: "There's an art to it that I haven’t mastered yet of following the trails, you know, and yet still maintaining a sense of character. . . . Also, you are constantly dealing with different events and different happenings each week, keeping that in your head and knowing where you've been and where you're going. That's been kind of tough. I think that it’s taken Olivia a little bit of time to find her place in the world too. I think she had lived a life that was very systematic, 'This is where we go from A to B to A to B,' and everything was kind of neat and ordered and organized, and she knew who she was and where she was. And I think that’s actually where you met her in the very, very first couple of scenes in the very, very first episode. I think it took her a while to kind of get herself back together. And I think, by the end of this season, that she's definitely a different person, and I think that her objectives are different."
- On working with the cow: "Usually when we have the cow on the set, we also have a whole lot of other animals because we're in some laboratory, so there's always the wranglers that bring her on. . . . We'll have monkeys or little hairless rats, so it just becomes a menagerie."
- On dealing with the show's "ew" factor: "Yes, some of it is awful. We have an episode coming up . . . where there's a crash, and we end up with these bodies in the lab. And we find these things in these bodies, and when you see that episode, they were really — I mean, those bodies were revolting. Actually one of the funniest things — this isn’t gross — but . . . I walk into the lab to do a scene, and we’ve got these three bodies lying in these body bags that we eventually open, so there are actors in there. One is lying with just a head and hands out reading a book, totally out of place. The other has got an iPod in and blood splattered all over his apron. You're like, 'What is this show?"
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