BRITISH- born Christine Adams made the move to the US about nine years ago. Since then she has travelled constantly racking up an impressive CV. Her feature film credits include Tron: Legacy and
Batman Begins, and among her TV appearances
are roles on Doctor Who, Nip/ Tuck, Lie to Me, CSI: Miami, Pushing Daisies and a long- running gig
on legal drama The Whole Truth. Now she finds herself in the tropical surrounds of the Gold Coast hinterland filming Steven Spielberg’s dinosaur
romp Terra Nova, playing rebel leader Mira, who Adams gets to flesh out and has more going for her than at first meets the eye. Q. How hard has it been working and living on the Gold Coast? A. It’s really so hideous; roughing it down on the beach [ laughs]. Seriously, it’s been great. And in a way the geography and scenery here is like a character in itself. It’s not green screens, it’s real. And as actors, it really helps if you’re in those places. If you’re physically standing at the foot of a huge waterfall, it’s easy to get to where you need to be [ mentally]. A lot of the time these sorts of shows are so studio- based and you don’t get that real sense of it. It’s quite palpable in our show. Q. Give us a glimpse behind Mira’s war- paint. A. Well, let’s just say she’s not necessarily the baddie. That’s the nice thing about a lot of the
characters in Terra Nova, they are quite ambiguous people. They have their reason for doing things and it’s always shifting and always messing with you. When we read the scripts we go, ‘ What? Hang on, hang on, I thought . . .’ It constantly plays with the idea of what is good and bad and right and wrong, and people walking that line. Q. Do you get a say in how Mira develops?
A. One of the things that happens a lot in television with strong females is they tend to be one- dimensional. They can be strong but they can’t be anything else and obviously that’s just not true. So that’s one thing I always tend to push for generally and which we’re getting with Mira. What I’m really happy about is she has many dimensions; she’s a leader, she’s somewhat reluctant, she’s got very real reasons for doing what she’s doing, but she’s also a person, a woman and she has feelings. It’s important to have that complete spectrum in a character, otherwise you’ve got onedimensional people with guns. Mira is finding all this stuff which is really interesting and unexpected and I think the audience will kind of fear her but also respect and understand her. Q. As the leader of the Sixers, she also gets to play dirty now and again? A. Yeah, she’s a skilled markswoman. She’s pretty much a general bad arse. But as any good leader will tell you, she doesn’t have to get her hands dirty unless she needs to.