AN­THONY LEMKE

How Three be­came the magic num­ber for the Dark Mat­ter star

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HE GETS KNOCKED DOWN...

“What’s in­ter­est­ing about Three – and I think it’s what the au­di­ence re­sponds to about the char­ac­ter – is that he’s not a hero in any sort of sense. He never wins. He’s the guy who per­pet­u­ally gets back up off the mat. His su­per­power, if he has one, is just to keep go­ing, to keep fight­ing, and to not let it af­fect his psy­che.”

HID­DEN DEPTHS

“It was clear from the au­di­tion scenes that the char­ac­ter of Three was both thought­ful and vul­ner­a­ble, and there was a lot of room for com­edy in the char­ac­ter – on top of all his rough ex­te­rior. The au­di­ence didn’t see that right away, though. They saw his gruff side. They were like, ‘This guy’s a to­tal ass­hole.’ They hated me! I was just smil­ing, bit­ing my tongue, be­cause he’s not that char­ac­ter re­ally. He’s some­thing far more com­plex and deeper.”

FEED­BACK LOOP

“I do pay at­ten­tion to so­cial me­dia – I en­joy it. One of the coolest things about sci-fi is that you get to in­ter­act with peo­ple who like your show. For tele­vi­sion ac­tors, it can be such a dis­con­nected medium. Most of us – es­pe­cially my gen­er­a­tion – started off in the­atre and went to the­atre school. You knew what the au­di­ence was think­ing of your show be­cause they were right in front of you. That guy fall­ing asleep in the mid­dle of your per­for­mance? It’s a bit of feed­back on how you’re do­ing! So­cial me­dia repli­cates that in a sort of 21st cen­tury kind of way.”

CHILD’S PLAY

“Sci-fi is a big part of my life, but I got into it more from the play side than the watch­ing side. I didn’t watch much TV as a kid, but I was al­ways out­side play-act­ing, whether it was Star

Wars or ‘cow­boys and in­di­ans’ or what­ever. Those were def­i­nitely the be­gin­nings of my in­ter­est in telling sto­ries for a liv­ing.”

Dark Mat­ter’s third sea­son is cur­rently air­ing on Syfy, with each episode fol­lowed by af­ter­show Af­ter Dark.

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