Ahead of the UK’s Season 1 Tuesday finale of Penny Dreadful, EvaGreenWeb got a chance to exclusively interview its resident vampire. Armed with 15 questions and copies of Vanessa’s prayers in Latin, we ventured to the Demimonde to talk to Oxford School of Drama, Biochemist turned actor Robert Nairne. Find out below what the Cheltenham-raised actor thinks about the show, transmogrification, Ireland and what it’s like to work with Eva Green.
EvaGreenWeb: How did this all come about for you?
Robert Nairne: Well, I had been acting professionally in London for around two years, largely in fringe theatre productions and voiceovers/audiobooks. A breakdown then came in on Spotlight (the casting hub in the UK) looking for a very tall slender actor with some stunts experience…already my interest was piqued, but then when I researched the incredible production team and the pitch for the show I was gobsmacked by the opportunity, and did all I could to be seen…. Luckily the wonderful casting team responded straight away to my various pestering emails and I met them for an audition a few days later – and here I am now..! I will truly never forget that phone call offering me the role. At one point I think I actually asked if she was joking.
EGW: Can you briefly describe and explain who your character is to those who haven’t seen Penny Dreadful yet?
RN: Very little is really understood about these creatures in the Penny Dreadful universe so far. They seem to exist in the Demimonde, described so elegantly by Vanessa – preying on the living and roaming amongst the dead.
In ‘Penny Dreadful’, one such Vampire has abducted Sir Malcolm’s daughter, Mina Murray, prompting his increasingly frenetic hunt for her throughout the series. Why has she been taken though? Ooh you’ll have to watch and see…
EGW: There are so many different types of vampire lore now over the centuries, and this series uses specific types of lore that maybe people aren’t familiar with. Did you just go with what was in the script?
RN: The market is certainly quite saturated at the moment – which is why Penny D and its Vampires were so refreshing! I did of course do some research – I read Dracula and the original penny dreadful ‘Varney the Vampire’ (brilliant), and watched various movies from ‘Nosferatu’ to ‘Overworld’ – but yes the prime inspiration came from the script and John Logan’s brilliant mind. We had various discussions about The Vampires (affectionately named Penny and Felicity) throughout filming!
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Penny Dreadful S01E08: ‘Grand Guignol”
There’s just something about Penny Dreadful that makes me want to elevate my language into the more poetic, elegant English of Victorian literature: Aye, gorblimey guvnuh that Eva Green is a right brilliant totty, cheers jolly good. Just kidding, I don’t know what any of that means, I can barely speak American let alone anything approaching the frequently next-level vocabulary of Penny Dreadful. Regardless, no discussion about this instant classic series can start anywhere other than how amazing Eva Green is. Eva Green is perfect basically. Her intense, frightening, eerily cool, tour-de-force performance was the centerpiece of Penny Dreadful and is what held together an otherwise unwieldy monster like the tightest of stitches. I’m not saying we should give Eva Green all of the awards for her work here, but if she doesn’t win them then awards are MEANINGLESS.
Because Eva Green is a national treasure. For what nation, you ask? The nation of TV. In which I am currently a political prisoner, long story.
Note: This interview was done after shooting of Episode 7.
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EGW: On a scale of 1 to Eva Green, how intense is the episode?
James Hawes: Well I guess you, the audience, must decide. But I’m pretty confident we’re talking a 10 on the intensity scale…
EGW: Could you share any production tidbit with us on directing Eva?
JH: What you need to know is that Eva is the most extraordinarily committed and exciting of actors. She throws herself into scenes to point of terrifying the director + crew who are part of the world she is creating. People had to look away, even on set.
EGW: Thank you for such high praises for Ms. Green! We couldn’t be any prouder of her! We are very much looking forward to Possession! We did hear the very same thing from cast and crew of episode 2 (Séance) and episode 5 (Closer Than Sisters)! Filming those (since we cannot spoil!) scenes must have been surreal and it must have been a delight for you as a director! Editing the episodes must have been enjoyable!
JH: Yes. And wait til you see Josh, Harry, Danny and Tim opposite her in this one.
EGW: Will you be livetweeting with us? It will be interesting to hear your thoughts on each scene as a director
JH: In which time zone??
EGW: Original US Showtime airing? 10PM ET, Sunday. Or will you be doing one a week later (UK Sky Atlantic airing)? It’s usually @reevecarney who tweets with us during US. It would be awesome if you could too. Your POV will be interesting!
JH: That would require me to be awake at 3am…well…just maybe. Let’s see what @SHO_Penny thinks… @reevecarney Not sure you will have breath to tweet with during this episode…
EGW: Ha! You are great in making the fans worry with this tweet, sir. Some are already ordering oxygen tanks based on the previews alone!
Source: EvaGreenWeb’s Twitter and James Hawes’ Twitter