SUSAN HEYWARD IS DENA PILGRIM
Were you aware of the long development of Powers from comic book to TV series?
No, it was just another audition. I wasn’t aware they were trying to make a series or had been working on it for so long.
Did you turn to the comics for research?
My initial response was all instinct. After I was in the callback process, I read the comics which were my main source of inspiration. I wanted to get to the essence of who I thought Deena was. Right now, I’m working through a book called
Homicide which is about getting into the brain of a detective.
Is that your window into the more procedural aspects of the show?
Yes. I’m a homicide detective so I see people at their worst and their deadest. I go sniffing around their history, why someone killed them.
What appealed to you about Charlie Huston’s script?
There was a strong sense of need from every character which is exciting because when those needs are at cross purposes there’s a chance for real deep conflict. The world isn’t always glamorous. We’ve got a great metaphor for superpowers as huge celebrities with endorsement deals and money and fans, but it’s not always shiny and glittery.
How is it working with Sharlto Copley?
I find Sharlto incredibly inventive and very tense. He’ll ask a lot of questions so it can be a whirlwind of trying things and then just saying, “Ok, let’s give that one a try.”