More secrets from the future
Actress Emily Hampshire says of her character that “Jennifer Goines meets Cole in a mental institution and you don’t know if she is part of the conspiracy with the 12 Monkeys that will end the world, or if she is a victim of it because she’s crazy. I don’t know if you have ever dealt with a crazy person but it’s very difficult to know what’s going on and that’s the introduction to my character.”
On whether she saw Brad Pitt’s performance before her audition, Hampshire says no. “I had very little time to prepare for this thing so I made a choice to dedicate myself to reading the script and working on the character from there before seeing the movie. Jennifer Goines was my first introduction to a Goines. In retrospect it was such a good thing. They told me part of the reason I got the role was because I brought my own thing to it. I think if had I seen the movie first I might have been intimidated and felt this pressure that would not have let my own creativity out.”
End of Days
How do you get authentic dystopia? You make good use of the city of Detroit, according to Chaidez. “There are quite a lot of dilapidated buildings so it looks very post- apocalyptic. It gave us a look and a feel. The parts of our show set in the future are a world in which seven billion people have died and 98% of the population is gone. When you are in Detroit and see the grandeur of the architecture and no one in it that really gives you an achy, haunting feeling.”
In a frightening coincidence, Chaidez relates the chilling story of how there was an Ebola outbreak in Macedonia while they were shooting. “Our art department was putting up posters that said quarantine while they were putting up real quarantine stuff. It’s an awful thing but I do think creatively it poses an interesting question for the show of whether humanity can get a hold of it and will it get to that point? It makes the dramatic issues in our show more real.”
Cole ( Aaron Stanford) and Railly ( Amanda Shull) strike a pose.
sci- fact! Terry Gilliam originally wanted Jeff Bridges to play Goines before Brad Pitt was cast.