Mon­key business

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Mad World

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.”

Vi­ral Mar­ket­ing

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.

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